Märkisches Museum

Märkisches Museum information

Berlin , Germany
Street Am Köllnischen Park 5
Getting there
subway Märkisches Museum
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adult/concession €5/3
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This old-school history museum is a rewarding stop for anyone keen on learning how the tiny trading village of Berlin-Cölln evolved into today’s metropolis. Official documents, weapons, sculptures and objects from daily life are thematically arranged, often in opulent historic rooms such as the Gothic chapel and the Great Hall.

Scale models help visualise the city's physical growth. Crowd favourites include the 19th-century Kaiserpanorama , basically a 3-D slide show that was a form of mass entertainment back then. A good time to visit is around 3pm on Sundays when the historic mechanical musical instruments are launched on their cacophonous journey (adult/concession €2/1).

The museum building itself, by the way, is a hotchpotch of replicas of actual buildings in the surrounding region of Brandenburg. The tower, for instance, is modelled after that of the bishop's palace in Wittstock, while St Catherine's Church in Brandenburg town inspired the Gothic gables. A copy of the Roland statue, a medieval symbol of a civic liberty and freedom, guards the museum entrance.