Children's Museums

Berlin has four museums aimed specifically at children: the Labyrinth Children's Museum Berlin in the district of Wedding and Alice – Museum for Chidren in Wuhlheide devote their entire space to temporary exhibitions focusing on learning by doing, experiencing and researching.

© Alice - Museum für Kinder

The MACHmit! Museum for Children is located in a former church in the district of Prenzlauer Berg and presents smaller exhibitions in a space surrounding a huge climbing labyrinth. The museum also organises regular artistic workshops. The Youth Museum in the Schöneberg Museum showcases the history of the district of Schöneberg and its inhabitants in a series of imaginative exhibitions, project days, history workshops and city tours.

Children will especially enjoy the Puppet Theatre Museum Berlin, where they can take a look behind the curtain and find a wealth of different puppet characters.

Berlin's Museum of Natural History is a favourite among kids, and it's no wonder why. Where else can you gaze up at a massive dinosaur skeleton? They also offer a virtual trip to the solar system, and there's a stuffed gorilla that will fascinate scientists both young and old. Children can also get to know animals and plants at the Forest Museum, which also offers night-time excursions and special "Forrest Days".

Plasmakugel, Science Center Spectrum, Bereich "Elektrizität und Magnetismus"
Plasma sphere, Science Center Spectrum, section "Electricity and Magnetism" © SDTB

No child will be bored at the Museum of Technology. The museum provides a cross-section of the history of technology, with each section featuring exhibits and info stations that invite visitors to try the tech out for themselves. There something for every member of the family here, whether it's trains, planes, boats, IT, printing, textiles, film, photography, energy technology or historical workshops. The Science Center Spectrum belongs to the Tech Museum and offers a highly entertaining way to learn about physics. They have roughly 250 experiments that give visitors a comprehensible introduction to the basic principles of acoustics, optics, gravity, electricity and magnetism. (Please note: this section is currently undergoing renovations.)

Drehleitermodell Poritz © Feuerwehrmuseum Berlin. Foto: Stefan Sträubig
Turntable fire-escape model Poritz © Feuerwehrmuseum Berlin. Photo: Stefan Sträubig

For anyone who can't get enough of transport vehicles of all kinds, the best places to visit are the S-Bahn-Museum, the U-Bahn-Museum and, of course, the Fire Brigade Museum.

If you're more into communication – whether via gestures, signals or speech – the best place to visit is the Communication Museum. There's even a talking robot in the atrium who loves to play football.

Kinderführung im Computerspielemuseum Berlin
Guided tour for children at the Computer Game Museum © Computerspielemuseum. Photo: Peter Gerstenberger

As you might expect, the Computer Game Museum is all about games. Visitors can actually play with many of the items on exhibit here, and of course you can also (re-)discover all of the classic games.

At the agricultural complex known as Dahlem Estate and Museum, children can follow how grain is seeded and harvested and learn much more about life on the farm. Visitors can pet horses, feed the chickens and take a tractor drive across the field. And at the reconstructed village known as Düppel Historic Village, children can learn how fields are tilled, pets are bred and old-fashioned methods are used. This quaint village was reconstructed on the outline of an actual medieval settlement. Visitors are invited to experience what life was like in the Middle Ages among potters, blacksmiths, sheep and pigs.

Children will travel even further into the past at Berlin's Museum of Prehistory and Early History. In fact, this museum will take you all the way back to the very beginnings of human history. And yet, visitors will find much more than just remnants from the Stone Age: there are also shiny treasures, such as the Berlin "Gold Hat" from the Bronze Age, and several elaborate Merovingian burial objects.

Schüler besieht sich Zeugnisse der innerdeutschen GrenzeBoy looks at evidence of the inner-German border © DHM/Thomas Bruns

The German Historical Museum is also a very exciting place for kids who happen to be history buffs. The museum tells the tale of German history from its early cultures all the way to reunification in 1990. Berlin's own unique history is on display at the Märkisches Museum. In an exhibition called "Frag deine Stadt!" ("Ask your city!"), visitors can learn about Berlin's first inhabitants, once-famous Berlin delicacies and how many city gates there once were.

Berlin's Jewish Museum examines two thousand years of German-Jewish history. The museum features a "Kinderinsel" ("Kids Island") that allows children to creatively process the images they've seen. They can also gain more information at the various computer stations in the Rafael Roth Learning Center.

Auf Entdeckungstour im DDR Museum
Journey of discovery at the GDR Museum © DDR Museum, Berlin 2013

The GDR Museum specialises in the history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Visitors are invited to sit in a "Trabi" (a car made in the former GDR) and even look through closets and drawers. In many local city museums, visitors can hear many interesting stories about the past.

While anyone interested in taking a glimpse into the past can gaze up the night sky, even better than the naked eye is a trip to Berlin's observatories and planetariums – the Archenhold Observatory, the Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory and the Zeiss Planetarium. These sites use awe-inspiring stories to bring the magical world of the stars closer to young audiences.

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