The Jewish Museum is one of the most striking examples of contemporay architecture in Berlin. The three buildings, two of which were designed by Liebeskind, display two millennia of German-Jewish history.
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The Jewish Museum not only impresses with its extensive exhibition on Judaism - the largest in Europe. The building itself is also worth seeing. The unusual building is one of Berlin's architectural highlights. A timeless monument to Jewish history and life in Germany, the building by Daniel Libeskind is one of the world's undisputed architectural gems. The museum is a stunning achievement in the architecture of cultural identity, a lasting expression of Jewish presence and dislocation and above all the attempt at integrating, physically and spiritually, the meaning of the Holocaust into the memory and consciousness of the city of Berlin.
The Jewish Museum Berlin is a must-see for visitors from all over the world, not least because of the unique, expressive architecture of the new building designed by Daniel Libeskind (1993-98). The famous American architect wanted to make the destruction of Jewish life in Germany physically tangible with the building's winding design. The zigzag floor plan can be associated with a torn Star of David. The slanted windows seem to cut through the zinc skin of the museum.
Interior of the Jewish Museum
The arrangement of the interior spaces in the museum is ingenious. There are no clear structures or rooms; empty concrete shafts stand inside the building like bulky barriers. These "voids" are reminiscent of the brutal extermination of the Jews during the Nazi dictatorship.
Former Supreme Court as part of the Jewish Museum
Part of the museum is one of Berlin's rare Baroque buildings, the former Supreme Court, which dates back to 1734/35. Libeskind covered its inner courtyard with an expressively designed glass roof symbolizing a leaf hut. A former wholesale flower market hall on the other side of Lindenstraße, redesigned by Libeskind in 2012, houses the Academy of the Jewish Museum.
- Opening Hours
- Mon-Sun 10 AM to 7 PM
Closed on September 7, 8 and 16 & December 24
- +49 (0)30 259 933 00
- Almost the entire exhibition space is wheelchair accessible. Each tour is also offered in German sign language.
- Admission Fee
Permanent exhibition: free of charge, temporary exhibitions: 8,- Euro, reduced rate 3,- Euro, free admission up to 18 years of age
- Guided Tours
- Guided tours by appointment. Phone: +49 (0)30 259 933 05
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Last edited: 21. March 2022