Berlin has literally hundreds of museums all over the city and the Museumsportal Berlin is an excellent resource to help you to discover them. It’s a clean and user friendly site that breaks the museums down into categories, exhibitions, events and more but its Smart Lists are by far its best feature. These lists include ‘Open on Mondays’, ‘Free Entrance’, ‘Open Late’ and ‘Accessibility’. This is very useful as many of Berlin’s museums are not open Mondays and if you have broad interests and are on a tight time frame, it can get quite expensive and tricky trying to get in and see them all.
So with that in mind we have put together this diverse little list for you of museums that are open Monday AND will cost you absolutely nothing to visit. That’s hospitality for you!
The Anti-War Museum
Located in the heart of Wedding in the city’s north west, the Anti War Museum, as the name suggests – displays a collection of photos and objects that document the futility of war and humanity’s ongoing attempts for peace. Artifacts from both world wars are featured from equipment and weaponry to personal diaries, letters, medals and photographs belonging to soldiers and victims of war. It’s open daily from 4pm till 8pm and entrance is free.
Daimler Contemporary Berlin
Tucked in behind the Potsdamer Platz S Bahn station, Daimler Contemporary Berlin houses a collection of 1500 works by approximately 400 artists from around the world. Giving an interesting overview of the progression of abstract contemporary works through the 20th century, viewers can take in a diverse mix of genres from Bauhaus to minimalism, multimedia to concrete sculpture. There are also 8 large scale sculptures on display outside at Postdamer Platz. It’s open daily from 11am till 6pm and entrance is free.
Deutsche Bank Kuntshalle
Once upon a time Berlin had its very own Guggenheim, but sadly the partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank came to an end around 2012. However, the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle has been a more than adequate replacement. The permanent collection focuses on contemporary photography and works on paper and is an accumulation of works collected since the late 70’s. From Modernism to German post war, the collection includes older established artists as well as new talents and periodic guest exhibitions such as Jackson Pollock’s largest work ‘Mural’ which was exhibited for most of 2016. It’s open daily from 10am till 8pm and entrance is free.
The Humboldt Box
This ‘temporary’ exhibition space has now been in place for almost 10 years and gives a fascinating insight into its nearest neighbour the Berlin Palace. This huge reconstruction project has a fascinating history and an exciting future and the Humboldt Box (only in German) gives an interesting perspective on both. In addition the roof terrace has some wonderful views of the Berlinerdom, the Lustgarten and the Royal Quarter of Berlin as well as of course, the rapidly developing Palace precinct. It’s open daily from 10am till 6pm (7pm from March to November) and entrance is free.
Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Known for its striking aluminium ‘muscular’ exterior, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin offers a unique insight into the science of movement and mobility. The public exhibition covers three floors (which sit below the offices of med tech company Ottobock) and offer interactive installations on human musculature and skeletal function – from human development to walking and grabbing to medical technology. It’s closed Tuesdays and Wednesday but open all other days from 10am till 6pm and entrance is free.