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Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
Jewish Museum Berlin is one of Europe's largest venues dedicated to Jewish history. A sobering exhibit dedicated to the reign of the Third Reich presents Germany through the eyes of the Jewish minority. Important events in Jewish history are portrayed via fine art, manuscripts, photographs, and family memorabilia. Two millennia of German-Jewish history are on display in the permanent exhibit space, as well as in several changing presentation areas. All of this is spread over two buildings, one of which is designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The staff can accompany you through the exhibits. Or you can use an audio guide and explore this comprehensive history museum at your own pace. For Jewish Museum Berlin and beyond, use our Berlin vacation builder to get the most from your Berlin vacation.
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  • The architecture of the new building is stunning. Yes the layout is a bit confusing but I believe that it is designed to disorientate and confuse? We had a really good visit. It did become very busy w...  read more »
  • I don't think I will ever forget visiting this museum. It leaves a powerful message on how we should be with each other and how many times due to fear, greed, jealously and hatred people suffer at the...  read more »
  • We were surprised at the beginning of what security precautions were taken. The beginning was schleppend...aber the we were there longer, we were even more excited. Important is to bring lots of time. Very spacious Museum.
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  • Would of been very easy to have spent the whole day at this Museum. Even then I don't think that you could do it real justice. Amazingly insightful, full of history and culture the audio guides are a real bonus and very easy to use. The building itself is pretty amazing to see from the inside and out really makes you think about so many different things. Excellent.
  • The Jüdisches Museum presents the story of Berlin’s Jewish population through the Museum’s own architecture. The newest and most eye-grabbing section of the building was designed by controversial Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. Its shape is based on an exploding Star of David, with its interior spaces disappearing into angles, so the museum experience is more about the effects of the space than the documents and artifacts. Across Oranienburger Straße is the Neue Synagogue: built in the late 19th century this building survived World War II, and its golden dome stands out from afar. For more of an emotional way into history, walk night or day through the Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas – also known as the Holocaust Memorial. This memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe takes the form of 2,711 blocks of varying heights arranged across the area of a housing block.
  • Open until 10pm on Mondays. Start at 10am. You will need a good 12 hours in this place to look at the vast amount of materials to do it justice. I would advise starting at the top 2nd floor and working down rather than at the basement. Follow the arrows on the floor as the architect wanted to make a complete maze of a building with bits going off in every direction to confuse visitors! Because of this it is very easy to miss large parts of the displays, so take a floor plan (not that it's much help). But there is a vast wealth of material covering many centuries of Jewish history mainly in Prussia/Germany. €8 full price or buy a 3 day museum card for €24, which covers many of the museums around Berlin. Well worth the visit and if you get dizzy in the garden of exile, it's designed to get you rather unbalanced -don't miss it.
  • The building itself and and the art installations are an amazing experience worthy of five stars. Many of the stories behind the artefacts provided an intensely personal look at the lives (and often deaths) of very real people and deserved to be emphasised more. The halls are annoying to navigate even though in had a map and some of the paths were marked because they often required doubling back. The ticket taker told us we had to go back and check out coats even though the group ahead of us was simply told not to remove them while in the exhibits. My wife had to ask if we could keep our coats on and he then said it was okay. There was no mention of the unheated and outdoor parts of the museum even though it was cold and rainy. I was also a bit annoyed that my wife and I were charged 16€ while "families" with kids are charged 14€ flat. I can understand the rationale, but they could simply admit kids for free. Maybe it's a way to appease parents who might find that their child is upset or disturbed by some the the content.
  • This is definitely one of the best museums in Berlin and I always liked coming here: it's a great combination how the architecture supports the story that the museum tells. The only small negative point is in my opinion that the museum does not (sufficiently) cover the most recent Jewish history including the middle east conflict.
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