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. Make German Historical Museum a centerpiece of your Berlin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Berlin trip tool .
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  • The free audioguide was much appreciated. The introductory videos were very helpful in establishing an overview of German history. There were many interesting artifacts. We spent about 2-3 hours here,...  more »
  • The entire German history an impressive geornet. We needed 4 hours for the exhibition, without special exhibitions. everything is very well described in the English language. Sunday you pay no admission, otherwise already.
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  • Great Museum. Very interesting. First floor devoted to the history of Germany from its beginnings at the end of the first world war then the DRC continues until the fall of berlin 1989. Audio guides are available. A free cloakroom is available. A cafeteria is located on the ground floor.
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  • Great museum! You can learn the most important parts of European history through the perspective of Germany as a nation. It's huge, it has lots of primary sources that are well explained (both in German and English) and the temporary side exhibits are also great. If you like German History or don't know anything about it and want to learn, this is a great place. If you're interested in just select portions of history, there is plenty of info on each part (30 Years War, Unification, World War I, World War II, etc). I spent over 6 hours there (but of course it can be done in less time if you're not reading every little artefact). The 8 euro ticket (4 for students) is very reasonable, and sometimes there's free days. Only minor complaint is sometimes the signs aren't exactly in a good order so you kind of have to zigzag the museum a bit, but just look out for that and it'll be good.
  • Absolutely incredible. Easily the best museum in Berlin. So much history and so well explained and displayed. Fantastic museum and worth every penny. Even with the prices being so reasonable!
  • The museum staff are some of the unfriendliest customer-facing employees I have ever encountered. I have never come across such unhappy people in my two decades or so of existence. Someone needs to find them new jobs far, far away from other people. The exhibits themselves were very interesting but poorly laid out.
  • Really nice place, great collection and well laid out. Only problem was the very German security guards. First time one came up to me and touched me rudely to get my attention (please just talk to me next time, don't touch me roughly on the shoulder, what's wrong with you) and told me to take my small jacket to the cloakroom which I'd removed (loads of other people were carrying their jackets), then later one came up to me and asked for my ticket also rudely, which I showed him. He told me I must stick it on my clothes like a badge instead.. Really man, really? You need to show the tickets at the entrance anyway to get in.. Anyways I guess it was funny enough also learning about Germans and their absolute insistence on following rules to the letter even if they don't make sense and are executed in a non-human connection way.
  • I went to the permanent exhibition which was very educative. Also went to the contemporary exhibition about the Russian 1917 revolution, which was great. Should have had more time, though. This is the kind og museum where you can spend all day and even two.
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