Berlin has around 200 museums. Because of its history and being a big tourist destination, they run the gauntlet of high end traditional museums and galleries from: informative and entertainment focused niche museums. You can learn all there is to know about Nefertiti and the currywurst — all from just a couple of museum trips.
Museum Island is the most obvious and central place to head to if you’re looking for a cultural experience as it contains 5 key Berlin museums all in one location. If you want to visit all of these you’d still need a day to really soak everything in. If you’re not looking for an immersion experience, then there are many other large and small museums and galleries dotted around the city.
In a way the museums that focus on Germany (and Berlin’s) 20th century history are the most interesting, especially if you know little about Berlin. You can spend a few hours in a museum exploring the, frankly, fascinating history of Berlin… then take a walk and you’re in history — at least walking among the many landmarks you just learned about. You get a sense too that the many museums documenting the past, help Germans come to terms with it, and put the darker aspects to rest.
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