German Historical Museum, Berlin

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#4 of 172 in Museums in Berlin
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. Make German Historical Museum a centerpiece of your Berlin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Berlin trip tool .
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  • From the glass roof of the inner courtyard to the I.M. Pei exhibition hall, the museum itself is a masterpiece of old and new. Like the name implies, by way of paintings, sculpture and artifacts, the ...  more »
  • This was our favourite of all the main museums (and we did most of them). Loads to see, very interesting, and no queues! Definitely worth half a day here. Just try and enter through the main entrance,...  more »
  • This place is huge and contains a lot of exhibits, art work, and interesting write ups. We only had two hours, and found ourselves rushing through the second part of the exhibit due to time restraints...  more »
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  • The museum was beautiful, clean, and easy to follow. I loved seeing history from the beginning of German influence until now. It did feel, though, a bit less in depth than I would have liked, and almost all of the exhibits felt more like a European history museum with particular focus of how that impacted German history. I was also not a huge fan of how glossed over the atrocities done to those victimized in the Holocaust. On the other hand, it was fascinating to see artifacts from the Nazi regime. The restaurant in the museum was actually very upscale for a museum cafe. The dessert was fantastic and their food was delicious! The staff was super nice, which was such a change from other museums around the world that I've been to. The prices felt extremely fair, especially if you're a student.
  • We spent 2 and a half hours in the Russian Revolution exhibit so didn't get them time to go into the main building, however for EUR8 were very impressed with the well designed layout of the exhibition and the rich information it contained. I have a very poor knowledge of history and politics but was fascinated with the detailed accounts, often focusing on individual people, so highly recommend it if you're curious in learning more about this volatile point in history.
  • I feel like other reviews were misleading, or maybe since we came during the low season something is different? The displays we saw contained mostly historical photography, and old propaganda artwork and illustration - somewhat interesting but also things that can easily be browsed from home on the internet. The top level of the museum was closed as they were preparing a new exhibition... The museum itself is a bit small and the layout is strange, they could improve by giving more signage or information.
  • Be prepared to spend a good amount of time here and sort things out. There is a big risk for history overload. But you wouldn't go here if you weren't interested in history, would you? The permanent exhibition is HUGE! Much information, a lot of pictures and many objects from all time periods of the german history, regardless if you are interested in older or contemporary history
  • The building is beautiful and historic by itself. The exposition is of high quality, but expect lots and lots of information and reading. I think there is too much content and the flow of it is quite confusing. The interesting part is that it is really generic, tells about world's events and Germany position on them, but this eventually becomes its weakness. Too much information. Take at least 3.5h to 4h to see it entirely (and even skipping some parts). More than 5h to see everything slowly and with attention.

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