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Schwules Museum*, Berlin

(1.9/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
The Gay Museum is dedicated to the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans*identified styles of life in history, culture and art. The museum collects, stores and presents documents and witness accounts from the many decades of queer life.
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  • Gender and sexuality history is a passion and great interest of mine which is why the range of content at this museum also known as the Gay Museum fell a bit short. Half the museum was on specific peo...  more »
  • The gay Museum * is to find something tucked away in a side street, very accessible to public transportation. During our visit, there were three exhibitions: one dealt with Rock Hudson and the "AIDS crisis", the second with Sigrfied Wagner and the third was a Vernissage of an erotic photographer. The first two exhibitions were shown very informative and totally nice everything. Much material, much to look at and read. By photographic biographies of old BRAVO cover the whole story was portrayed by Rock Hudson. The exhibition of Sigfried Wagner was based on his music, but also really well done and super interesting family constellation. The opening was different, as one knows it otherwise or as one would have expected. There a little more interpretation help has honestly I missed, because one is taken off guard on the photos and not really knew, what to begin. The trappings have missed the "history" of the whole a bit however. There were those who perished in the Nazi concentration camp, a few square meters above the paragraph 175 and a wall but the thread was a little lacking. Also such information were drawn more to gay men and the perspective of lesbian women have missed. Even if lesbian women were taken less 'serious', because you just said they had "the right still not found", you should represent this aspect and not just unspoken. In the entrance hall, there is the possibility to buy books. But the literature there has unfortunately also I am not convinced. There were books, dealing for example with "Gender" there may be, but this was not discussed in the exhibition at all. In my opinion, the available literature in a museum to deepen should invite what did not however do this. All in all is informative Museum, and you can easily fill a rainy afternoon. The café to Exchange and later fun. However, I had the impression that it lacks the red thread and contextualization.
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  • brochure 3 day museum pass, put free of charge using the path is actually goes and not of note was written. Admission is EUR 7.5.
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  • excellent exhibition ! am I a dandy is well constructed informative and humorous . I saw it in October and had a great time . the only thing that spoilt an otherwise pleasant visit was the extremely rude waiter in the café- a man in his 50s with heavily tattooed arms - who pointedly turned his back on me when I asked for service - I waited for his attention but he continued to ignore me ( he was not serving anyone else ) I asked again for service he turned his head and demanded "what do you want " His look was contemptuous and I promptly left- disgraceful !
  • When this museum was at it's previous location on Mehringdamm it was a real discovery when I visited in 2010. I remember spending hours looking around with an excellent English guidebook free for use as you look around. It was full of the political, social and other history of gay Berlin throughout the years. After asking today in 2016 now it's in it's new location - all the previous (excellent) material is in archive and not out on display. They now have temporary exhibits which were frankly a pretty poor experience. So until they actually display the useful materials and limit the (frankly poor) temporary exhibits to a small room, what was a 5 star museum is now a one star from me.
  • Very cool museum/gallery and worth a visit if you find time.
  • An excellent archive, museum and special exhibition space, telling you everything you ever wanted to know about gay life in Germany and beyond. Their current exhibition - Homosexualy_ies (it works better as a wordplay in the German) is in conjunction with the Deutsches Historisches Museum, and outlines various movements in the history of queer lifestyle. Not for the faint-hearted or closed-minded!
  • Quite disappointing. When advertising with "homosexualities" (note the plural), with a great poster, one would expect an exhibition focussed on identity (gender + sexuality). Reality's different. One could better name it a sexhibition. The museum is mostly porn of one form or another. There are some better parts, but those get snowed under by the many erect penises, and interrelation between parts is mostly lacking. To portray queer history and culture as sex only is rather sad.