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© Stefan Müller

The Museum of Photography (Museum für Fotografie) has been a magnet for photography enthusiasts from all over the world since its opening in 2004. The Helmut Newton Foundation occupies the two lower floors in the building and has for many years presented its hugely successful permanent exhibition 'Helmut Newton’s Private Property', as well as individual exhibitions on Helmut Newton’s work, his wife Alice Springs, and his contemporaries, including: 'Helmut Newton: Sex and Landscapes', 'Newton, Nachtwey, Lachapelle: Men, War & Peace', 'Pigozzi and the Paparazzi', and 'Helmut Newton Polaroids'.

In the Kaisersaal on the museum’s second floor, the Art Library’s Collection of Photography presents a series of rotating exhibitions that explore the medium of photography in all its protean forms. From 2004 to 2008, the Kaisersaal’s prevailing state of ruin formed a strikingly unusual venue for contemporary art and photography exhibitions. A string of photographers and artists – Raimund Kummer, M+M, Philipp Schönborn, Boris Hars-Tschachotin and Hannes Nehls, Regina Schmeken, Reiner Leist, Raymond Depardon and Simone Mangos – designed spectacular installations specifically for the room that had been severely damaged in the Second World War. Their exhibitions always tested the very limits of photography, its relation to other media such as sculpture and film, as well as its relation to religion and history.

The hall’s renovation, which lasted until 2010, means it is now suitable to host exhibitions of all kinds of photography ranging from the 19th to the 21st century. A diverse exhibition programme is presented here, which on the one hand draws from the rich photographic collections held at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin while simultaneously featuring outstanding photographers and outlining important themes in the history of photography. The exhibitions are accompanied by a varied programme of guides, lectures, and symposia on current research topics.

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
  • Friday-Sunday 11:00 - 19:00

The visit is only possible with an FFP2 face mask and a time slot ticket booked online in advance.

The presentation of a daily test result is no longer necessary for the museum visit until further notice. Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

(Translated with DeepL)

  • 1. January 12:00 - 18:00
  • 8. March 11:00 - 19:00
  • 1. May 11:00 - 19:00
  • 3. October 11:00 - 19:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 25. December 11:00 - 19:00
  • 26. December 11:00 - 19:00
  • 31. December closed


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Admission price 10,00 €

Reduced price 5,00 €

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


© Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton: Legacy

© Ruth Walz

Ruth Walz: Theatre Photography

© Helmut Newton Foundation / Stefan Müller

Helmut Newton's Private Property

© Archiv der Universität der Künste, Berlin

Paragons / Afterimages

Photographs from the Berlin University of the Arts 1850 – 1930

© Finja Sander

Seen By #15

Nothing Ever Happened (Yet)

© Joel Meyerwitz, courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery

America 1970s/80s

Hofer, Metzner, Meyerowitz, Newton


© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Museum of Photography / Helmut Newton Foundation

Samstags: Fotografieren



© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Juliane Eirich

Museum of Photography / Helmut Newton Foundation

Kurz und knackig!

– Gespräche im Museum | Museum für Fotografie




Admission price

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

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