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Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Berlin attractions like Jewish Museum Berlin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • No doubt the elderly and disabled are able to view the various floors and exhibits in the Liebeskind addition to this museum, but probably not easily. One walks up, down and around on uneven floors (a...  more »
  • Beautiful sobriety contemporary to House a memorial moving beautiful exhibitions and point d organ with the memory void a not to be missed
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  • This museum is great when visited in tandem with the Topography of Terror as it gives a different viewpoint of the atrocities committed in WWII. My only criticism is that to access the main museum par...  more »
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  • Impressive architecture and a satisfying main attraction - the temporary exhibitions were a disappointment. The permanent exhibition is thorough: both informative and historical. At the time of our visit many of the other exhibitions were under reconstruction, and what was shown was way below expectations. Cool and spacious atrium were you can enjoy a cup of coffee or even sit and read. + Student discount and interesting permanent exhibition - Temporary exhibitions
  • The museum is 2/3 closed for construction, leaving only the basement of modern section and a temporary exhibit. The construction will last for 2 years. They should make it more obvious that the museum is mostly closed, rather than finding out when the staircases are roped off. The temporary modern exhibits had some great ideas, including the confusion of leaving Germany. But the strobe lights and moving mirrors were rough details. It seems like the temporary parts were put together quickly. I hope to visit Berlin again someday, and try again, especially if construction is finished.
  • The building architecture is beautiful and unique, but the contents of the museum are boring, non educational, not varied and feel disconnected and lacking information. The exhibition on the first floor is badly presented. With a vignette effect on the glass, only a maximum of two people at a time can see the description, which creates big queues for no reason. You have to leave your stuff in the cloakroom which is free but has a long wait time (10-20 min). You're not allowed to bring bottled water in there which isn't good when you're spending 2 or more hours in there.
  • General: The museum presents an incredible repository of exhibitions on the Jews heritage, lifestyle and history. Good: ✓ The sheer amount is amazing! It literally has every subject covered ✓ audio guide was great ✓ The tower is incredible experience, it is literally unique Bad: × too much for one visit, it takes more than 5 hours to see all of it. Consider making like express, main and full tour × those wheel couches short films were pretty lame
  • This museum has two parts. One part is supposedly for the memorial of the Jewish that lived and died in the holocaust, and the second part is about Jerusalem. I have to say, that as a Jewish, and as someone who wants to learn about the holocaust, I felt ashamed walking in that museum. Yes, the architecture of the building is mesmerizing and I can understand what they were trying to convey. However, if you want to learn about the holocaust, this is not the place to do it. Moreover, the part that was supposed to show Jerusalem was very inappropriate. Filled with Christian and Muslims culture, barely explaining about the Jewish that live there. Don’t get me wrong, I love cultures and have no problem with any of them. However, this is a “Jewish Museum “ , and I expect to see more about the Jewish culture, and less about the other cultures. There is a difference between combining all the cultures in a historic kind of explanation, between what is shown in this museum. I truly felt like I was in a Muslim museum, which I am sure I were appreciating more if I were actually in a Muslim museum. This is the first time I wrote such a long review, but I just had to. Taking such a sensitive topic... this was the most disrespectful museum I have been to. Overall, very disappointing and upsetting.. wouldn’t recommend.

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