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Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

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Standing in the center of Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau was designed by Heino Schmeiden and Martin Gropius, the great uncle of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement. Built between 1877 and 1881 in a classically inspired neo-Renaissance style, the building stands alongside a piece of the Berlin Wall. It now houses contemporary art collections and serves as a major international exhibition and event venue. More than 20 large-scale art, photography, and anthropological exhibits stop here every year--past exhibits have focused on Native American tribes, Frida Kahlo, and Anish Kapoor. The high-ceilinged cafe is a good place to stop for refreshments. In warm weather, you can eat outside in the garden. To visit Martin-Gropius-Bau on your trip to Berlin, use our Berlin trip itinerary builder.
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  • I had listened to the radio broadcasts of Neil Mac Gregor's exhibition of Germany:Memories of a Nation so was keen to view the objects displayed. It was hugely fascinating covering 600 years of German...  more »
  • There was a line but eventually the entry was done in 20 minutes. Access to the expo by the lift, which is only closes abruptly if we are not careful. Doisneau expo €7 is worth a visit with a real poetry of stereotypes in a Paris of the 1940s and 50
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  • It rages the Berlinale-terror in the capital again and so the entrance is signposted although beautiful, but then a single obstacle course. After some foraging wait you can learn then that the Doisneau exhibition only from the back entrance (which should be closed according to directions) can be entered as front any Filmfuzzies may become important. Now then: so get out and back to the service entrance, where then a professional Kindererschrecker a friendly "Where you are going?" yells the prospective visitor counter. We were then referred to the longest snake to advance to where even after 15 min to make out was, that a card was sold, yes anyway to said information. We went then, Berlin offers better than this mess.
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  • Went for +ultra - amazing free exhibition with an unbelievable design and depth. One of the most interesting ones I've ever been to.
  • Abwechslungsreiches Programm und sehr gut gemachte Ausstellungen (Dramaturgie, Ausstellungsdesign, Exhibition-Design).
  • Great architecture and very interesting building. The collection we went seeing was a bit short though.
  • If you heading to Martin-Gropius-Bau to see the holdings, perhaps used to the habits in London or Washington, you'll be surprised to pay a hefty 38 Euros fee, because every single floor or exhibition has to paid seperately. Elsewhere, you might be lured into an outstanding special exhibition and pay extra, be at Martin-Gropius-Bau this dubious scheme just mingles good one, like Kentridge with - lets say rapidly assembled - one like Abbott. Avoid!
  • This museum, designed by Walter Gropius' grandfather, hosts some of the most extensive travelling art, photography, and historical exhibits I have enjoyed. The building itself is a masterpiece. Near Potsdamer Platz and the Topography of Terror exhibit.