Märkisches Museum

Märkisches Museum

The Märkisches Museum gives visitors a glimpse of the life, history, and culture of Berlin.

Märkisches Museum Berlin

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Built between 1901 and 1908, the red brick cathedral-like complex of the Märkisches Museum holds a history of Berlin as distinctive as its residents. Instead of a straightforward history lesson, expect a variety of themed rooms that give visitors a glimpse of the life, work, and culture of Berlin.

The museum, just steps away from the banks of the river Spree, explores the at times tumultuous evolution of this historic city and the nearby Brandenburg region through coins, weapons, posters, city models, sculptures, and more. Favourites include the tour of mechanical musical instruments, presented every Sunday at 3pm, and the seven original graffiti-bedecked segments of the Berlin Wall.

Also notable is the Kaiserpanorama, in its day one of the most technologically advanced and awe-inspiring forms of entertainment. This stereoscope dating from the 1880’s offers a 3-D show of images to up to 25 people at a time. The Märkisches Museum is the headquarters of Berlin’s City Museum Foundation, which holds more than 4 million artworks and documents; on display in this neo-Gothic architectural collage is a rich sampling of this collection.

Current exhibitions at Märkisches Museum

Berliner Mauer mit Original-Graffiti von Kiddy Citny im Märkischen Museum
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Foto: Heiko Noack

Pieces of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall is the most significant symbol of the city’s 28-year-long division. In front of Märkisches Museum, seven original segments of the Wall and a listening station with authentic audio documentation commemorate this period.Border Guards in... more

Foto-Collage: Junge Frau beim Sprung über die Pfütze am Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten, im Hintergrund der Alexanderplatz – Foto-Collage: Junge Frau beim Sprung über die Pfütze am Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten, im Hintergrund der Alexanderplatz © bpk | Foto: Friedrich Seidenstücker + © Sina Ettmer | stock.adobe.com
© bpk | Foto: Friedrich Seidenstücker + © Sina Ettmer | stock.adobe.com

Chaos & Renewal

In 1920, the population of Berlin doubled overnight. The incorporation of neighbouring, previously independent cities and municipalities created one of the largest cities in the world. Starting in August 2020, the Märkisches Museum will present an extensive... more

Die [Probe]Räume verknüpfen die historische Stadt mit der Gegenwart
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Foto: Sandra Weller


What is a museum, actually? Who decides what goes on display? What do the exhibits tell us? And how does a museum relate to me? The newly-designed [Test]Spaces at the Märkisches Museum set out to examine these questions. We've chosen two themes for this... more


Am Köllnischen Park 5
10179 Berlin
+49 30 24002 162
Opening Hours
Tue - Fri 12-18
Sat - Sun 10-18
Admission Fee
7 Euro, reduced 4 Euro (including audio guide in English)
Free admission under 18 years

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)
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| Last edited: 11. September 2020