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Schwules Museum*, Berlin

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History Museum
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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  • When we got there i thought we going to see and learn about the Gay history in Germany including the holocaust and how Berlin became a "gay capitol" and all i saw in the museum was a provocative galle...  more »
  • This museum of mostly German gay/lesbian history is important. It preserves the prejudice, discrimination, and struggle of yet another group of people vilified simply for being human. The work is beau...  more »
  • Firstly we were motivated to visit it because it was part of the Museum Pass offer. It was shown part of the booklet that overviews museums with free access. When we got there we were told (also writt...  more »
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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.