A must for museum freaks, this fairly new museum has well laid out displays ranging from Roman times up to 1994. You could easily while away four hours or more here. The displays are well lit, there is plenty of space and there is a great variety of stuff on view- Roman artefacts, early books, illuminated manuscripts, old deeds, charters and contracts, artwork. Most of the display boards are in English as well as German and there are a number of computer terminals which you can use to find out more, also with English options.The 20th century sections have old newsreel videos. Only 5 Euro admission.
Unter den Linden 2, at eastern end, nearest U-bahn Franzõsischestrasse, about 6 mins walk.
+49 30 203 04444
Art gallery. A large collection of over 1500 works of European art with some well-known stuff that will have been seen on British TV. Fantastic altarpieces by Rogier van der Weyden, a couple of gorgeous Vermeers, an outstanding miniature by van Eyck. I could go on and on. An audio guide is included in the admission price. Its greatest attraction is how quiet it is. We went on a Friday afternoon and were ushered out at closing time after spending four hours there. There are plenty of seats if you fancy a break and you can spend as much time as you like looking at each picture, there are no crowds. It's an amazing experience compared with the hustle and bustle of London's National Gallery.
Matthiakirchplatz 8, behind the church, a 6-10 minute walk from Potsdamerplatz. The 200 bus stops not far from the entrance.
tel 266 424242
A small collection , although on four floors with sculptures and numerous charcoal drawings by this left-wing artist. The pictures of mothers and children suffering want and hardship are very expressive and moving, as are the drawings of scenes from the Peasants' War of the 16th century and the Weavers' Revolt of the 1830s.
Fasanenstrasse 24, southern end, just after intersection with Kurfuerstendamm.
Nearest U-bahn Uhlandstrasse.Tel 882 5210 Open Wed-Mon 11-6.
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