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Martin Gropius Building
The Martin Gropius Building in the Mitte district is arguably Berlin's most magnificent and prestigious exhibition hall.
Martin Gropius Building setting
History of Martin Gropius Building
After World War I, the building housed the Museum of Pre and Early History and the East Asian Art Collection. Damaged, like most Berlin buildings during World War II and not deemed worthy of preservation, the building was almost demolished to make way for an urban motorway were it not for the intervention of Martin Gropius’ great-nephew and founder of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius. A protected heritage site in 1966, its reconstruction and restoration only began in 1978 and renamed Martin Gropius Bau. It reopened in 1981 following the reconstruction of the exterior by Winnetou Kampmann as an exhibition venue, remaining directly adjacent to the Berlin Wall until 1990 and accessible only via a rear entrance as the main doorway remained unusuable because of its proximity to the Wall. A further spate of restoration and alteration was necessary and the Federal Government subsidised the project by architects Hilmer, Sattler and Albrecht which was completed in 2000. This included air conditioning and the redesigning of the north entrance as the main entrance to the building.
Photo Gallery (in German)
Martin Gropius Building is a central exhibition venue
Martin Gropius Building special features
Martin Gropius Building Information
Niederkirchenerstr. 710963 Berlin
- +49 30 254 86-0
- Opening Hours
- Wed-Mon 10-19, Tue closed
- Admission Fee
- depends on exhibition
- Martin Gropius, Heino Schmieden
- Train (S-Bahn)
S+U Potsdamer Platz [U2]
- 0.4km S+U Potsdamer Platz [U2]
S Anhalter Bahnhof
Berlin, Leipziger Str./Wilhelmstr.
S+U Potsdamer Platz [Bus Stresemannstr.]
S+U Potsdamer Platz [Bus Leipziger Str.]
S Potsdamer Platz Bhf/Voßstr.
- 0.2km Berlin, Abgeordnetenhaus
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf
- 0.4km S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf
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| Last edited: 19. November 2015