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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Foto: Maximilian Meisse
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Foto: Maximilian Meisse

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin (Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin) presides over a comprehensive collection of contemporary art, which it presents in a variety of exhibitions. The museum’s name refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. It opened as the terminus of the railway line between Hamburg and Berlin in December 1846. The building’s late Neoclassical style was conceived by the architect and railway pioneer Friedrich Neuhaus. It set an architectural precedent for the subsequent designs of Berlin’s train stations through the second half of the 19th century. Today it is preserved as the city’s only train station remaining from that time.

Despite several renovations to the building, the Hamburger Bahnhof could not keep pace with the increasing volume of traffic on the rails, and it closed in 1884. Over the next twenty years it would be used for residential and administrative purposes before it was finally re-designated as an exhibition hall in 1904, fittingly as a museum of transport and construction. The hall behind the entrance was added to accommodate this museum. The east wing of the cour d’honneur was built in 1909, and construction of the west wing began in 1914. Even amidst the turbulence of the First World War, the wing was finished by 1916, establishing today’s view of the building from Invalidenstraße. In 1943 however, during the Second World War, the building sustained severe damage. In the subsequent division of Germany, it remained unused for decades, located as it was in the no-man’s land between East and West Berlin.

Years later, after lengthy reconstruction by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the Hamburger Bahnhof reopened on 2 November 1996 as a museum of contemporary art, the "Museum für Gegenwart". The museum expanded significantly to accommodate the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, presented to the museum in 2004 as a long-term loan. The former dispatch warehouses located behind the main building were renovated by the architectural firm Kuehn Malvezzi and connected to the historical building via a passage. The resulting structures, which became known as Rieckhallen, nearly doubled the available exhibition space. Today the Nationalgalerie’s Hamburger Bahnhof division is one of the largest public collections of contemporary art in the world. 

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday-Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

The 2G rule applies to visits to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. This means that admission to the museums is only possible with a digitally readable vaccination or recovery certificate. Please show your digitally readable certificate together with a valid photo ID at the entrance control on site.

The visit is only possible with a medical or FFP2 face mask as well as with a time slot ticket, which should be booked online in advance: www.smb.museum/tickets.

Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

  • 1. January 12:00 - 18:00
  • 8. March 11:00 - 18:00
  • 1. May 11:00 - 18:00
  • 3. October 11:00 - 18:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 25. December 11:00 - 18:00
  • 26. December 11:00 - 18:00
  • 31. December closed

Location,

Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Website,

www.smb.museum/museen-ei…

Email,

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Prices,

Admission price 14,00 €

Hamburger Bahnhof + temporary exhibitions

As part of the Volkswagen Art4All program, admission to Hamburger Bahnhof is free on the 1st Thursday of every month from 16:00 to 20:00.

Reduced price 7,00 €

Children and and young people up to the age of 18 are eligible for free admission.

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Exhibitions

© Isabel O’Toole

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021

Lamin Fofana. Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff. Sandra Mujinga. Sung Tieu

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013 / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Sammlung Marx / Thomas Bruns

Die Sammlungen. The Collections. Les Collections

© Edgar Arceneaux

Church for Sale

Works from the Haubrok Collection and the Nationalgalerie Collection

© Image courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Nation, Narration, Narcosis

Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Thomas Bruns, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Balancing act

Works from the Marx Collection and the National Gallery Collection

© Bartolina Xixa

Under Construction

New Acquisitions for the Nationalgalerie’s Collection

Events

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin /Anika Büssemeier

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Schreiben!

Workshop

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof / Anika Buessemeier

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Die Shortlist

Guided Tour

© Tita Salina

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Eins zu Eins – Heute: Hamburger Bahnhof

zur Sonderausstellung „Nation, Narration, Narcosis.”

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof / Valerie Schmidt

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Eins zu Eins – Heute: Hamburger Bahnhof

zur Sonderausstellung „Preis der Nationalgalerie”

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof / Anika Buessemeier

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Sehwerkzeuge

Workshop

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Die Nominierten des Preises der Nationalgalerie

Das Museum an der Strippe: Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

© the artists © Bruce Nauman / Vg Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 © Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Thomas Bruns

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Nation - was bedeutet das?

Guided Tour

© Edgar Arceneaux

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin

Eins zu Eins – Heute: Hamburger Bahnhof

zur Sonderausstellung "Church for Sale. Werke aus der Sammlung Haubrok und der Sammlung der Nationalgalerie"

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Tickets

Admission price

14,00 €

Hamburger Bahnhof + temporary exhibitions

As part of the Volkswagen Art4All program, admission to Hamburger Bahnhof is free on the 1st Thursday of every month from 16:00 to 20:00.

Reduced price

7,00 €

Children and and young people up to the age of 18 are eligible for free admission.

Yearly ticket

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Member of Museumspass Berlin

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

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Services

  • Museum Shop
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Service Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

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