Refugees Welcome!
Berlin Museums Open Their Doors to Refugees

Many of Berlin’s museums and memorial sites are extending a warm welcome to over 80.000 refugees currently living in the city, granting them and their carers free admission. In addition, museums developed specific workshops and events, supporting refugees in exploring the collections. We put together an overview of these programmes, which we will expand further as time goes by.

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Free Admission

Berlin Museums join together in a gesture of welcome, granting free admission to people who had to leave their home and have now arrived in Berlin after a long journey. Refugees can visit the museums and their exhibitions free of charge.

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Guided Tours for Adults

In addition to free admission some museums offer special welcome programmes for adult refugees. While taking the tour, participants learn about German and European culture. There is also time and opportunity to get into a conversation with each other. Occasionally, these programmes include transportation to the museum.

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Workshops for Children and Families

How do children cope with having to flee their home? How do they adapt to their new life and circumstances? Educational programmes that were developed by the museums specifically for child refugees and their families give children the opportunity to explore the exhibition together with an adult and to use the visit as a creative outlet while painting or playing musical instruments.

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Programmes for "Welcome Classes"

Getting to know their new city is especially important for students who are attending one of the so-called welcome classes. In these classes children learn German but also practical tasks like how to use the public transport system or buy food in the supermarket. Museum workshops for welcome classes build on this by teaching the children about the city of Berlin and its history.

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Other Initatives

From photo exhibitions done by teenage refugees to neighbourhood projects and interacitve city maps – countless ideas on how to integrate refugees through cultural and educational activities are taking shape.

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