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Kunstgewerbemuseum Kulturforum, Berlin-Tiergarten
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Foto: Maximilian Meisse
Kunstgewerbemuseum Kulturforum, Berlin-Tiergarten © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Foto: Maximilian Meisse
Damenkleid ›robe à la française‹. England, um 1765. Seide, Silber; Länge Manteau: 151 cm, Länge Rock: 100 cm, Länge Stecker: 35 cm
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunst-gewerbemuseum / Stephan Klonk
Damenkleid ›robe à la française‹. England, um 1765. Seide, Silber; Länge Manteau: 151 cm, Länge Rock: 100 cm, Länge Stecker: 35 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunst-gewerbemuseum / Stephan Klonk

The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) is the oldest of its kind in Germany. It houses world-famous examples of European arts and crafts from the early Middle Ages to the present day as well as outstanding collections of fashion and design, including magnificent reliquaries made of gold and precious gemstones, exquisite vases of glass and porcelain, finely embroidered textiles, ornate inlaid furniture and complete sets of wall panelling such as the Chamber of Mirrors from Schloss Wiesentheid, as well as classic examples of modern industrial design. The permanent and special exhibitions hosted by the Museum of Decorative Arts can be seen at two locations in Berlin: at the Kulturforum near Potsdamer Platz and in the picturesque setting of Schloss Köpenick on an island on the river Dahme.

In the Baroque palace of Köpenick the Kunstgewerbemuseum presents examples of interior design from the 16th to 18th centuries. The museum at the Kulturforum was completed in 1985 to designs by Rolf Gutbrod, one of the leading German architects in the 1960s. Gutbrod’s trademark is that he allowed structural elements of his buildings to remain clearly visible. The museum is conceived as a ‘constructed landscape’ and together with its greenery makes reference to the adjacent Tiergarten park. While the building has a closed appearance from the outside, it welcomes visitors on the inside with an open stairwell and generous exhibition spaces. Visitors are encouraged to focus completely on the remarkable exhibits in the collection and to wander from one level to the next.

The Kunstgewerbemuseum offers visitors a comprehensive presentation across two floors of the museum, featuring the great accomplishments of European design and the decorative arts spanning the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods to Jugendstil and Art Deco. An entire exhibition space is dedicated to classic design. Visitors can also admire a gallery of fashion with an extensive exhibition of costumes and accessories from the 18th to 20th century.

Opening hours,

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

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

  • 1. January 12:00 - 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,

Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Website,

www.smb.museum/museen-un…

Email,

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Prices,

Admission price 8,00 €

Museum ticket Museum of Decorative Arts. Kulturforum all exhibitions: 16,00 €

Reduced price 4,00 €

Kulturforum all exhibitions: 8,00 €

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Exhibitions

Die Kaffeetrinkerin (Detail), Ludwigsburg, Johann Christian Wilhelm Beyer, Porzellan
© Kunstgewerbemuseum / Saturia Linke

The Worlds of Rococo

A new presentation of the porcelain and faience collection

Schale mit Zweigen und Schmetterlingen, China, Jingdezhen, Kaiserliche Werkstätten, wohl frühe bis mittlere Qing-Dynastie, 17./18. Jahrhundert, Porzellan mit Aufglasurmalerei
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Saturia Linke, Public Domain Mark 1.0

Encounters. Non-European Arts and Crafts in the Collection of the Kunstgewerbemuseum

Blick in die Modegalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Achim Kleuker

A Home for Art, Fashion and Design

Jonathan Wellmann, GrowMetall
© Foto: Bernd Hiepe

Design Lab #12

Metal in Flux. From Casting to Form

Heidi Jalkh and Labva, Eggshell calcification - Darwin, Cluster of Excellence „Matters of Activity. Image Space Material“, 2021
© Heidi Jalkh

Design Lab #13

Material Legacies

Events

Tanz- und Abendkleider der 1920er- und 1930er-Jahre in der Modegalerie des Kunstgewerbemuseums.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Achim Kleuker

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Das Kunstgewerbemuseum

Guided Tour

Veranstaltung im Kunstgewerbemuseum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / David von Becker

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Mode zeichnen!

Rein ins Studio!

Workshop

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Alles Chic? Mode vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert

Guided Tour

Galvanoplastiken im Kunstgewerbemuseum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Stephanie von Becker

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Galvanoplastiken

Guided Tour

Fragmente der Medici-Schale
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Stephanie von Becker

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Der Reiz des Fragments

Guided Tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Zur Vorbereitung einer Modeausstellung

Guided Tour

David Roentgen. Pultschreibschrank "Neuwieder Kabinett". 1777-1779
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Stefan Klonk

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Zur Komposition des Neuwieder Kabinetts

Guided Tour

Digital

COLLECTION ONLINE

Online collections database SMB-digital

Tickets

Admission price

8,00 €

Museum ticket Museum of Decorative Arts. Kulturforum all exhibitions: 16,00 €

Reduced price

4,00 €

Kulturforum all exhibitions: 8,00 €

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Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

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Services

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