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Jewish Museum Berlin

German-Jewish history in a spectacular setting

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The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the most exciting exhibit spaces in Germany. This impressive museum building houses a permanent exhibition showing two millennia of German-Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day. This architectural masterpiece designed by Daniel Libeskind opened in 2001 and has since become one of Berlin’s major landmarks. Libeskind named his design for the Jewish Museum “Between the Lines” to symbolise the tension throughout German-Jewish history: The first line is a winding one with several kinks and gives the building its characteristic zigzag shape, while the second line cuts through the whole building. At the intersections of these lines are empty spaces, what Libeskind called “voids”, which rise vertically from the ground floor of the building up to the roof. These voids represent the absence left in the wake of the expulsion and murder of the Jews of Germany, an absence that is particularly present to this day. The entrance to the museum is located in the 1735 Kollegienhaus, a former court building built in the baroque style, which stands in sharp contrast to the zinc-clad Libeskind building. The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, also designed by Libeskind, was added to the complex in 2012.

Public guided tours (without registration)

Every Saturday at  3 pm + Sunday at 11 am

Public guided tours for children (without registration)

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 11 am

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