Already open: Museums, galleries, zoos and gardens

Already open: Museums, galleries, zoos and gardens

Which museums, exhibitions, zoos, outdoor pools, climbing parks and cultural sites are currently open in Berlin despite Corona.

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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.
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask without an exhalation valve in museums and similar facilities is mandatory for visitors.
  • 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 18 June 2021):


Yayoi Kusama (4)
Yayoi Kusama
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.

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.

Original parts of the Pergamon Altar as well as a video installation on the Pergamon Altar can be viewed again in the Panorama.

Pablo Picasso. Les Femmes d'Alger
The Museum Berggruen shows "Pablo Picasso. Les Femmes d'Alger", a series of fifteen oil paintings by Picasso, which were created in memory of a trip to North Africa in 1832.

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.

Dark Matter
The multimedia light project «Dark Matter» presents expansive light installations in the premises of a former factory site in Berlin-Lichtenberg.

Museums and galleries (selection)

Alte Nationalgalerie
Gropius Bau
As one of the most important exhibition houses for contemporary art, the Gropius Bau in Berlin opens its doors again. Access to the exhibitions are be limited.

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.

Georg Kolbe Museum
The Georg Kolbe Museum in the former studio house of the sculptor Georg Kolbe has been welcoming visitors again since May 20th.

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.

The Bröhan-Museum in Charlottenburg shows the exhibitions "Luigi Colani and Art Nouveau" and "Braun 100".

Pergamon Museum
It is one of Berlin's "must see" museums: 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.

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.

Alte Nationalgalerie
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.

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.

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

Body Worlds Museum
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.

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

Disgusting Food Museum Berlin
Surströmming, durian fruit, eyeballs, maggot cheese and more: The Disgusting Food Museum lives up to its name and presents a selection of the world's most disgusting edibles.

German Spy Museum
The German Spy Museum Berlin at Leipziger Platz gives an insight into the gloom of espionage right where the Wall once divided the city.

Museum Barberini
Museum Barberini opened in January 2017 with an exhibition displaying popular works of impressionism from the collection of Hasso Plattner, private collections and loans from international museums.

The Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is once again telling the story of the Wall and the division of Berlin after it was closed for corona reasons.

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. The animal houses have to remain closed.

The Tierpark can also be visited. This also requires time slot tickets, which are only sold online. Animal houses are closed.

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.

Outdoor pools

Kinder sitzen am Beckenrand in einem Freibad
The outdoor pool season starts at Whitsun with strict restrictions. Time slot tickets must be purchased in advance. Slides and diving towers remain closed for the time being. As of 04 June 2021, visitors no longer have to show a negative corona test.

  • The traditional Strandbad Wannsee invites Berliners and tourists to swim and relax.
  • The summer pool Neukölln, which promises bathing fun for the whole family, is located between Hasenheide and Tempelhofer Feld.
  • The summer pool Wilmersdorf (Lochowbad) offers refreshment and fun: athletes can train in the 50-metre pool and children can let off steam in the non-swimmers' pool.
  • Bathers can put their sporting ambitions to the test in the 50-metre pool at the summer pool at the Insulaner.
  • The summer pool Humboldhain is located directly in the park area of the Volkspark Humboldhain..
  • The large-scale Gropiusstadt combination pool combines indoor and outdoor swimming pools for warm days.
  • The large sunbathing lawn, the terraces and the children's playground with water splash offer plenty of space for visitors to the Kreuzberg summer pool.
  • There is something for everyone at the Pankow summer pool: it offers a 50-metre swimming pool, a large sunbathing lawn and a beach volleyball facility.
  • In addition to the spacious children's pool, a water grotto with a waterfall awaits the little ones in the Platsch" children's pool. The children's pool is handicapped accessible.
  • In the outdoor area of the Spandau Süd combination pool, a paddling pool and non-swimmer pool await young visitors. Amateur swimmers can swim their laps in the 50-metre pool.
  • The Seestraße combination pool attracts visitors in summer with an outdoor area with a large sunbathing lawn.

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Last edited: 30 August 2021