German Historical Museum, Berlin

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Take a walk through shared German and European history at German Historical Museum. The museum's massive collection includes 500,000 photographic prints, 50,000 military objects, and 170,000 documents (maps, newspapers, flyers, etc.). It also houses at least 100,000 everyday household objects, medical instruments, and religious articles. The building was erected between 1675 and 1730 to display the country's vast arsenal of cannons. It displays everything from prehistory right up to the present day. Because there's so much to see here, you may do best with a guided tour. Plan to visit German Historical Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Berlin attractions using our Berlin trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    From the glass roof of the inner courtyard to the I.M. Pei exhibition hall, the museum itself is a masterpiece of old and new. Like the name implies, by way of paintings, sculpture and artifacts, the ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This was our favourite of all the main museums (and we did most of them). Loads to see, very interesting, and no queues! Definitely worth half a day here. Just try and enter through the main entrance,...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This place is huge and contains a lot of exhibits, art work, and interesting write ups. We only had two hours, and found ourselves rushing through the second part of the exhibit due to time restraints...  more »
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  • I only had time to see the upper floor dealing with ancient German history up to World War I during my visit there, nevertheless this museum is a really enjoyable and informative look at German history and I would recommend this to anyone who has a similar interest. A couple of (small) quibbles though. Whether photography is permitted (or not - I assumed it wasn't, so took no photos), I think the museum could do better in clearly displaying this. Also, the earlier parts of German history, while good, seemed a little brief to me. Still, I found it an enjoyable and reasonably priced day out and maybe one day, I'll get the chance to see the rest.
  • Second the opinion of other reviewers, this is exactly how a national history museum should present itself. First a 45 minutes video to get the overview of the content you'll find in the museum, then the exhibition which goes into detail. The orientation could be better cause I find the subcategories are a bit out of order. But overall the presentation and information is by far the best. Call me a fool but I actually spend my whole day here from 10am to 6pm, and I only covered the first floor, Will go back tomorrow for the rest. This is going to beat my record of 11hours in the archeology museum of Madrid hahaha.
  • Every country should have this LEVEL of quality in telling it's history. This museum really blow up. So nice, so clear. There is a session where both sides of Germany are compared by car, food, kitchen, products and so one. Technology overview, Nazi stuff, engines, clothes, painting - all you can imagine in a German organization. Can't be better. Congratulations for the team that build and keep it running so nice!
  • Pretty awesome. Easy to spend hours here. Good video introduction. Amazing suits of armour and other unique items. Really liked learning about pre-unification germany.
  • The museum is price sensibly. The museum has a great collection of early age German related goods such as Armour, badges, shield and swords. It also Utilize technology cleverly. The use of space is also very efficient. The museum is split into two levels, the upper level is from ancient times to end of WWI and the lower level is dedicated to the unification of Germany.

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