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Summer in the City

Small discoveries off the beaten tourist track


Attention visitors to Berlin and those staying at home: In this overview, we present a selection of small highlights that you won't find in every travel guide. These are special places that are worth discovering and can only be seen in Berlin!

(Status: July 2024)

Foto: Stefan Josef Müller, Berlin

Tieranatomisches Theater (Theatre of Veterinary Anatomy)

A stage for science

This architectural gem in the style of Palldio's northern Italian Renaissance villas was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm II for the newly founded School of Veterinary Medicine. Today, exhibitions of knowledge with a laboratory character take place here, combining scientific with artistic and creative approaches. A separate exhibition is dedicated to the history of the Langhans building.

Mori-Ogai-Gedenkstätte der Humboldt-Universität
© Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Beek100

Mori Ōgai Memorial Center

History of German-Japanese friendship

The scientist, doctor and writer Mori Ōgai spent four years in Germany as a scholarship holder at the end of the 19th century, including some time in Berlin, in this very place. His works deal with the encounters between the regions of the world and characterised the image of Germany in Japan. Even today, the memorial with its changing exhibitions symbolises German-Japanese relations.

Das Depot des Museums der Unerhörten Dinge
© Roland Albrecht

Museum der Unerhörten Dinge (Museum of Unheard Things)

Wunderkammer of talking objects

Here the simple things have their chance to speak, here they have their place, right next to the real and the fantastic. All kinds of curious objects from art, science and technology are gathered in this small place. They are accompanied by stories - those that are true and those that could be true.

Museum für Architekturzeichnung, Fassade zur Christinenstraße
© Roland Halbe
Museum für Architekturzeichnung, Fassade zur Christinenstraße

Tchoban Foundation

Museum for Architectural Drawing

Architectural drawings from the 16th to the 21st century are on display here, and contemporary architectural drawings are put in relation to the works of great draughtsmen of past centuries. The building constructed especially for the museum, made of stacked cubes and with a facade of coloured concrete and glass, provides the perfect setting.

Haus des Papiers (House of paper) - Museum of fine paper art
Haus des Papiers, 2021
The Berlin Museum "Haus des Papiers" (House of paper) shows sculptural works of fine paper art.

Haus des Papiers (House of Paper)

Paper artworks

The House of Paper is a relatively new addition and a small discovery in Berlin's museum landscape. What makes it so special is the collection: it does not consist of works on paper, but of works made of paper. This makes the museum unique in the world. Modern and contemporary visual paper art is shown in changing special exhibitions, and those who want to delve deeper into the subject can do so in the museum's own library.

f3 - Freiraum für Fotografie. Heike Overberg, GfHF

f³ – freiraum für fotografie

This new venue for photography encourages people to engage with current issues relating to the medium and touches on topical social issues. Five to six exhibitions of international author photography are shown here in Kreuzberg on 200 square metres every year.

Exhibition: Youth in hard times
Marie Konrad / Polyrama Team
The picture shows the exhibition area of the museum. Two walls are visible: on the left, small scrolls hang from coat hangers; in front of them is a green armchair. On the right, clouds made of cardboard hang on a blue-painted wall. In front of it is an abstract face made of cardboard. There are two orange chairs in the back corner. The sun shines in through the window.

Polyrama

A house full of life stories

One of Berlin's newest museums collects what is not so easy to collect: life stories of people from the present day whose perspectives are rarely heard. A wide variety of people have their say in changing exhibitions - their stories on important life topics can be experienced through individually designed boxes, listening stations and personal objects. A small, very special place that requires some time and peace and quiet.

Anti-Kriegs-Museum, Luftschutzkeller
© Anti-Kriegs-Museum
Anti-Kriegs-Museum, Luftschutzkeller © Anti-Kriegs-Museum

Anti-War Museum

The forerunner of today's anti-war museum was founded in Berlin almost 100 years ago, making it the first of its kind in the world. It has lost none of its relevance to this day. On display are photos, documents and artefacts from the First and Second World Wars, as well as references to current trouble spots and modern warfare. Special exhibitions focus on the peace movement.

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