Berlin, the German capital, is renowned for its über-cool nightlife scene and ultra-hip fashionistas. But did you know Berlin museums and galleries also boast that distinctive edginess? Read on to see which of the city’s unmissable museums and galleries you can’t miss.
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Admire contemporary artworks in a former train station at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

1. See milestones in modern art

Speakeasies in hairdressers salons, rooftop bars in supermarket car parks: repurposed spaces are so Berlin. And what could be more Berlin than an abandoned train station transformed into one of the world’s most vibrant modern art spaces? Swing by the Hamburger Bahnhof for a modern art experience like no other.

Interior of the Boros Sammlung

2. Visit Berlin’s most exclusive gallery

From WWII bunkers to techno clubs, the Boris bunker has an incredible history…and an equally incredible present. Now home to an expansive collection of cutting edge art, a visit to the Sammlung Boros is a must for modern art lovers. Book through the website well in advance — tickets for this incredible space are more exclusive than guest list spots for the city’s hippest clubs.

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Discover the past (we’re talking millions of years ago) at the Naturkunde Museum.

3. Get back to nature

The Naturkunde Museum is a calm oasis in the heart of this buzzing city. Follow in the footsteps of naturalists like Charles Darwin and Alexander Humboldt, or head straight for the standout exhibit: the world’s tallest dinosaur skeleton, which stands 13.27 meters high.

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Learn about the past on a visit to the Jewish Museum.

4. Discover where old meets new

Sound installations, performance art pieces, mixed media marvels: the exhibits at the always-cutting-edge Martin Gropius Bau will extend your perception of what art can be. Go from the ultra-new to the historical when you visit the Jewish Museum, just down the road. Here you’ll find a fascinating, if sobering, glimpse into the city’s past.

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Explore every corner (and exhibit!) of Museum Island.

5. Have an epic experience at Museum Island, Berlin

For the ultimate Berlin museum experience, there’s one place to go: the Museumsinsel, or Museum Island. That’s right, there’s a whole island of museums on the River Spree, right in the heart of the city. Explore classical antiquities at the Altes Museum, then take in the breathtaking bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum.

For a truly epic experience, visit the monumental Altar at the Pergamon Museum. Lovers of 19th-century art will happily linger for hours in the halls of the Alte Nationalgalerie. More into sculpture? Head to the Bode Museum. Its impressive collection spans the Byzantine era to the Middle Ages. Best of all? One Museum Pass will grant you access to all these museums…and more!

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Check out photography, art, and sculptures at the Berlinische Galerie.

6. See the city through its artist’s eyes

The Berlinische Galerie is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It showcases the best Berlin artists from the 19th century until today. Its exhibitions are always unexpected and exciting — just like the city itself!

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