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Markisches Museum: Berlin History

What did Berlin look like centuries ago? Where were the first houses build and who lived there and how? Where were the first Berlin hospitals, churches, museums, the first beers drank and currywurst gobbled up? And where did they party hard in the wild Berlin twenties? Where did the bombs fall during World War Two. If these questions burn inside, you should definitely check out the Markisches Museum.

Markisches Museum, photo by Axel Mauruszat

Markisches Museum, photo by Axel Mauruszat

Red bricked cathedral

It looks a bit like a small red bricked cathedral, but inside you will find old Berlin artifacts. The dance masks of people that lived here in the stone age and the bronze jewelry they dropped in the graves of their loved ones can be spotted at Markisches Museum, as well as religious art of the Berlin middle ages.

markische museum berlinKaiserpanorama at Markisches Museum

The Kaiserpanorama is really cool as well. They invented this large panorama around 1880. When you look through the lenses of this neo-gothic wooden panel you will see 3D pictures showing Berlin life.

If you are interested in the Berlin Wall, Markisches Museum has a few slabs of the Berlin Wall in the museum collection. We especially like the artwork of Kiddy Citny. His figure that was part of the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg district, is wearing a large crown, as if he is the king of Berlin.

Finding Berlin Museums

You love art and history and are in Berlin right now. Or you are planning a visit to Berlin soon. But you have no idea where you can find all those interesting Berlin museums. We don’t blame you. If you only go to Museumsinsel it will take a whole day to see all the art inside. And Museumsinsel is not the only place in Berlin to be to find art and interesting history.

We will help you out with a short summary of all the museums we write about. Or just click on the photos of all the different museums and find all the info there on what museum you can find where and how, and what is inside.

 

neues museumNeues Museum

What should you do with a museum that is heavily hit by bombs? The people of Berlin had no idea for a very long time. During World War two Neues Museum didn’t look so new anymore. The walls were full of bullet holes. But now Neues Museum is renovated beautifully and inside you will see great ancient art like Egyptian beauty queen Nefertiti and heretic husband Akhenaten.

uitzicht vanaf Berliner Dom op Altes MuseumAltes Museum

When you stand in front of the Altes Museum on Museumsinsel you will feel like you are in Rome or Greece. The huge iconic columns look just like an impressive Greek temple. Although the Greeks didn’t build this temple, Altes Museum lets you discover the artifacts created in the burning sun of Greece, Rome and Egypt, centuries ago.

bodemuseumBodemuseum

The Bode Museum is one of the architectural landmarks of Museumsinsel. If you cross the river Spree you will see the round walls of the Bode Museum instantly. It is a true eyecatcher. The collection of the Bode Museum is not so well known as the other museums on Museumsinsel. But the West Roman and Byzantium statues and great architecture make this a place to be.

unter den linden berlinDeutsches Historisches Museum

Deutsches Historisches Museum is a great museum if you want to know about the history of Germany. It tells you how Germany came into existence, the religious fights between the catholics and reformers, World War One and Two and the Cold War. And it is situated at the former Berlin armory.

gropius bau berlijnGropius Bau

The scars of both World War Two and the Cold War are visible at Gropius Bau. This art museum still has bullet holes in the facade from World War Two. The Berlin Wall is very close too, leaving Gropius Bau in noman’s land for decades. But art revenged itself. Inside you will find work by international artists and exhibitions that have traveled the world.

hamburger bahnhof berlijnHamburger Bahnhof

You don’t have to use your imagination a lot to hear the trains hissing at former train station Hamburger Bahnhof. But the days of passengers running for their train are over. Inside you will find great art. Hamburger Bahnhof has great international artists like Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol, but they let the young artists shine as well.

jewish museumJewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the history of the German Jews. Inside you will find old artifacts, religious items, tragic letters from World War Two, family photo albums, jeans made by Levi Strauss, sad exhibitions on how the Jewish community suffered during the war. But also exhibitions on how creative the community and individuals were.

KW Institute for Contemporary ArtKW Institute for Contemporary Art

KW Institute for Contemporary Art can be found in gallery heaven Scheunenviertel in an unusual building. KW Institure for Contemporary Art is in a former butter factory, filled to the brim with modern art. The exhibitions are very interesting and they have a keen eye for controversial art.

 

neue nationalgalerieNeue Nationalgalerie

The Neue Nationalgalerie is the place to be if you love modern art. This stunning museum looks like a very modern bunker but instead of concrete to fill this artbox, architect Mies van der Rohe used a lot of glass. On the first floor and in the cellars you can find the frivolous colors of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the kidlike art by Pablo Picasso, and the sad but colorful clowns of Max Beckman.

pergamon museum berlinPergamon museum

Pergamon Museum is dedicated to the excavation in Pergamon, modern day Turkey. They have large friezes depicting the divine fight between the Giants with snake legs and the impressive Greek gods. They also have a great Islamic art section. We especially like the blue tilled walls of ancient Babylon with ferocious looking lions.

ddrmuseum (1)DDR Museum

If you are born in Western Europe, America or another spot in the world, far from East Germany and want to know what life in the GDR was like, you should check out the DDR Museum. They will tell you everything about the history and everyday life in the GDR, or like East Germans call it: DDR.

 

stasiprisonhohenschonhausenGedenkstatte Hohenschonhause

Gedenkstatte Hohenschonhause is now a memorial, in the Cold War you definitely didn’t want to be stuck here. Gedenkstatte Hohenschonhause was a Stasi prison. During a tour the former prisoners will tell you all about the grim reality they faced when they were held prison in this cold and lonesome place during the Cold War.

andreas praefckeStasi museum

The Stasi Museum is a weird place to be. Especially when you realize the museum used to be the offices where the Stasi used to spy on it’s own people. You can visit the offices of Stasi leader Mielke as well and hear him say he spied on people because he loved them and his country so much.

altenationalgalerieAlte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie at the Museumsinsel looks a lot like a Greek temple. You would not be surprised if a Greek beauty or even the uppergod Zeus would wander the premises. The gallery has prominent pillars and Greek statues surrounding the building. Inside there is no Greek art though, but romantic paintings and sculptures.

bunker berlin sammlung borosSammlung Boros: World War Two bunker

We walked past this huge bunker for years, without realizing what cool things are happening inside. It just looks like a concrete shelter against bombs. It is impossible to look through the small windows of this walled monster. So, that’s why we tell you. Because inside you will see a very interesting art collection.

 

 

 

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