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German Historical Museum, Berlin

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Architectural Building
Take a walk through shared German and European history at German Historical Museum. The museum's massive collection includes 500,000 photographic prints, 50,000 military objects, and 170,000 documents (maps, newspapers, flyers, etc.). It also houses at least 100,000 everyday household objects, medical instruments, and religious articles. The building was erected between 1675 and 1730 to display the country's vast arsenal of cannons. It displays everything from prehistory right up to the present day. Because there's so much to see here, you may do best with a guided tour. Plan to visit German Historical Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Berlin attractions using our Berlin trip itinerary maker.
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  • Museum covers a timeline from 200AD until the 21st Century. Minimum time to explore is 7/8 hours and best done over two days, one day for each of the two floors. The video presentation on the first fl...  more »
  • This is definitely one museum you should not miss if you really want to understand the history of Germany in its truest form. I had studied much of this but realized after going through I knew so litt...  more »
  • The museum is very modern and explores German history with some great pieces worth checking out. You will need minimum 2 hours as there is lots to see and some great places close by to grab food.  more »
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  • The audio guide was very professionally done in English. Very good Family rates and value was very good. (6 Euro for the audio for the whole family and only 16 Euro for the adults, children under 18 were free.) The audio guide even had a full narrative mode (500 series) that led you from piece to piece and gave a story tying the work together. Some pieces were a bit hard to find, though the treasure hunt nature could be seen as a bonus. Even my 8 yr old enjoyed it. Presented much more as an engaging story instead of a dry "look at this". Highly recommended.
  • My walking tour guide mentioned that this museum, the German Historical Museum is perhaps the most important museum to visit in Berlin. Fairly new and just outside the Museum Island, the museum showcases the history of Germany from it’s founding through its brightest and darkest days. A good place to get a quick historical tour of Germany, which feeds appreciation for the rest of the landmarks in the area.
  • This is a superb museum! It rewards time and patience, and perhaps returning over a couple of days, as I did, and reading all of the superb prose on the signs throughout the museum. If you have fewer than six hours, I recommend starting at 1871 and proceeding quickly to the twentieth century; return to the earlier sections if you have time.
  • Truly an incredible visit -- German history is incredibly rich and this museum manages to offer fascinating insight into its many eras. I spent a good 7 hours of non-stop visit. Getting the audio-guide was definitely worthwhile -- the production value was very good and the added content was excellent!
  • Depending on the exhibition, one can enjoy a few enjoyable and educational hours here. The staff is friendly and the prices are affordable, too.