{Germany} Berlin Weekend Museum Extravaganza

November 1, 2013


If you love museums and happen to live in Berlin, then you’ll be spoilt for choice this weekend as several museums are having special family days and other special events. I really can’t decide what to go to myself.


Take your pick from these:

Museum für Naturkunde

Berlin’s Natural History Museum is celebrating a “Familienfest” (family festival) on Saturday. As well as the usually exhibitions – including the awesome dinosaur hall and amazing wet collections, there will be special tours for families and you can experiment with telescopes in the “Carl Zeiss Mikroskopierzentrum”.

When? Saturday 2 November, 1pm-6pm
Where? Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin Mitte
Cost? Free admission from 1pm! Regular admission prices apply in the morning before the event starts.

Klingendes Museum

On the first Saturday of the month, the “Klingendes Museum” (Sound Museum), which usually requires pre-booking, holds an Open House. Their motto is “Musik zum Anfassen, Ausprobieren und Erleben” (music to touch, try and experience), and you can discover over 60 different musical instruments.

When? Saturday 2 November, 3pm-6pm
Where? Heidebrinker Straße 18, 13357 Berlin Wedding
Cost? 2 Euro, or 1 Euro with a Berlin or Brandenburg “Familienpass”

Museum Europäischer Kulturen

For the 9th year, the Museum of European Cultures will be presenting their “Textiltag” (Textile Day) on Saturday, with a series of presentations and workshops. The site in Dahlem also includes the Museum of Asian Art and the Ethnological Museum, so you can make a day of it. And although it’s a bit far out is located within walking distance of the U-Bahn stop “Dahlem Dorf”.

When? Saturday 2 November, 11am-5pm
Where? Arnimallee 25, 14195 Berlin Dahlem
Cost? Regular museum admission: 8 Euro/ 4 Euro concession (gets you in to all 3 Dahlem museums on site), kids under 18 go free

Deutsches Historisches Museum 

For the second year in a row, the German Historical Museum is celebrating a “Museumsfest” over a whole weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be special guided tours, arts and crafts, musical performances and a film programme. Staff will be giving visitors a behind-the-scenes insight to what they do, and children can test their knowledge in quiz hosted by children’s TV presenter Juri Tetzlaff, or dress up in historical costumes and have their photo taken.

When? Saturday 2 AND Sunday 3 November, 10am-6pm
Where? Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin Mitte
Cost? Free admission

Märkisches Museum

The Märkisches Museum, part of Stadtmuseum Berlin e.V., is having a Family Day on Sunday, under the motto “Knappe, Ritter, Burgfräulein” (knave, knight, damsel). There will be craft activities to make your own sword and shield, games and dressing up, as well as a paper theatre performance of Rumpelstiltskin. And of course you can visit the exhibitions too.

When? Sunday 3 November, 11am-5pm
Where? Am Köllnischen Park 5, 10179 Berlin Mitte
Cost? 3 Euro, kids under 18 go free

Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Once a month, the Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in the Villa Oppenheim has an intergenerational family day. This Sunday there will be stories, historical games and craft activities for children and adults alike.

When? Sunday 3 November, 11am- max.1pm
Where? Schloßstraße 55, 14059 Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Cost? Admission to the event is free.

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