Museum der Dinge

Museum der Dinge information

Location
Berlin , Germany
Address
Oranienstrasse 25
Telephone
+49 30 9210 6311
Getting there
Subway: Kottbusser Tor
More information
www.museumderdinge.de
Prices
adult/concession €5/3
Opening hours
noon-7pm Thu-Mon
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With its extensive assemblage of everyday items, this museum ostensibly traces German design history from the early 20th century to today but actually feels more like a cross between a cabinet of curiosities and a flea market. Alongside detergent boxes and cigarette cases are plenty of bizarre items, like a spherical washing machine, inflation money from 1923 and a swastika-adorned mug.

The collection is based on the archive of the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation), an association of artists, architects, designers and industrialists formed in 1907 to integrate traditional crafts and industrial mass-production techniques. It was an important precursor of the 1920s Bauhaus movement.