Already open: Museums, galleries, zoos and gardens

Already open: Museums, galleries, zoos and gardens

In the second year of Corona, spring also heralds steps to loosen the lockdown in the cultural sector. The first cultural venues in Berlin are allowed to reopen their doors.

Due to the Corona pandemic, extensive distance and hygiene rules apply in Berlin. Events in the leisure and entertainment sector may not take place until the end of May 09, 2021. Museums and galleries may open under strict conditions. Customers must show a current negative corona test. Other cultural institutions currently remain closed. Further information »

To contain the spread of the Sars Cov-2 coronavirus, Berlin's cultural institutions were closed in November. In cautious steps, the first venues will be allowed to reopen in spring, provided they can ensure compliance with extensive hygiene standards.

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Important notes about this page

Please note:
  • Even in places that have already reopened, visitors must follow hygiene rules and keep the minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Visitors must present a current negative Coronatest for museum and gallery visits.
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask without an exhalation valve in museums and similar facilities is mandatory for visitors.
  • To visit Berlin's museums and galleries, it is necessary to register in advance.
  • Anyone who shows symptoms of a cold, is acutely ill or belongs to the special risk groups should refrain from attending events altogether.
The following cultural venues can already be visited again today (Editorial selection, as of 16 April 2021):


Pergamonmuseum – Das Panorama
Asisi (Foto: Tom Schulze)
Pergamon Panorama
Since March 16, original parts of the Pergamon Altar as well as a video installation on the Pergamon Altar can be viewed again in the Panorama.

Van Gogh - The Immersive Experience
Masterful art meets state-of-the-art technology at "Van Gogh - The Immersive Experience". The exhibition presents the world-famous works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in an extraordinary way.

Berlin, 1945–2000: A Photographic Subject
The photo exhibition "Berlin, 1945-2000: A Photographic Subject" shows over 200 works by artists who photographed Berlin between the postwar years and the end of the 20th century.

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy: Window to The Clouds
"Window to The Clouds" is the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany of the artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, born in New York in 1984.

The Mystery of Banksy - A Genius Mind
The exhibition "The Mystery of Banksy - A Genius Mind" will show over 100 true-to-the-original reproductions of the works of the world-famous street art superstar Bansky starting on April 19th. Time slot tickets can already be booked.

Forthcoming exhibitions (selection):

  • Yayoi Kusama is the superstar of contemporary art in Japan. Berlin's Gropius Bau is dedicating the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to the artist from April the 23rd.

Museums and galleries

In neuem Licht. Werke in der Wandelhalle
It is one of Berlin's "must see" museums: since March 16, imposing exhibits are once again waiting for visitors at the Pergamon Museum, who can look forward to a veritable journey into the past. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Alte Nationalgalerie
Since March 16, visitors can once again admire one of the most important German collections of 19th century art in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Neues Museum
The Neues Museum presents the development of prehistoric and early Eurasian cultures from the Paleolithic to the High Middle Ages. Its doors have been open again since March 16.

Haus am Waldsee
The Haus am Waldsee has been open to the public again since March 12. As of March 16, tickets must be purchased online in advance. The number of visitors in the exhibition room is limited.

Body Worlds
From 8 March, visitors to the Body Worlds Museum (Körperwelten) will be able to study human and animal bodies that have been preserved through the process known as plastination.

Deutsches Historisches Museum
The Pei Building of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) with its temporary exhibitions is open again. The Zeughaus remains closed for the time being.

The Bröhan-Museum in Charlottenburg is showing the exhibitions "Luigi Colani and Art Nouveau" and "The Proletarian View - Workers' Photography of the 1920s".

Georg Kolbe Museum
The Georg Kolbe Museum in the former studio house of the sculptor Georg Kolbe has been welcoming visitors again since March 13. They must register in advance by telephone or e-mail.

Palais Populaire
Visitors can once again view the K.H. Hödicke exhibition at the Palais Populaire since 14 March 2021. free time slot tickets must be booked before visiting.

Museum of European Cultures
The Museum of European Cultures at the Dahlem museum site will also reopen its doors on 16 March. Until further notice, a visit here is also only possible with a time slot ticket.

Museum für Kommunikation
The Museum of Communication has also reopened its doors to visitors. Over 2000 years of communication history are covered in the museum.

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart
The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart (Museum for Contemporary Art) is Berlin’s most important exhibition space dedicated exclusively to contemporary art from the 1950s to the present.

The Gemäldegalerie has one of the world's most important collections of European painting from the 13th to the 18th century.

DDR Museum
The DDR Museum reopens its doors on 16 April. In addition to the obligatory hand disinfection in the entrance area, further disinfectant dispensers have been set up in the exhibition.

The Magicum (Berlin Magic Museum) can be visited again since 26 March 2021.

Museums due to open soon (selection):

  • As one of the most important exhibition houses for contemporary art, the Gropius Bau in Berlin opens its doors again from April 23. Access to the exhibitions will be limited.

Leisure: Zoos and gardens

Berlin's Zoological Garden is open. However, distance and hygiene rules apply. Admission is only granted to visitors who have purchased a time slot ticket online. Masks are compulsory throughout the grounds. The animal houses are currently still closed - but may only be entered with a medical face mask after opening.

The Tierpark can also be visited. This also requires time slot tickets, which are only sold online. Visitors must wear mouth-to-nose coverings throughout the grounds.

Peacock Island
The popular Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel) is open. The number of visitors is limited. In addition, it is compulsory to wear a medical mask on the ferry.

Gardens of the World
Berliners can still stroll through the Gardens of the World. To avoid socialising as much as possible, visitors should purchase their day tickets online.

Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden can be visited - but with conditions. Guests can only visit the open areas of the Botanic Garden, the greenhouses remain closed. In addition, time slot tickets must be purchased online in advance.

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Last edited: 16. April 2021