Schwules Museum (Gay Museum) Tours

The success of the exhibit “Eldorado – the History, Everyday Life and Culture of Homosexual Women and Men 1850-1950” in 1984 at what was then called the Berlin Museum inspired the creation of the Schwules Museum, or the Gay Museum. The three people who initiated the original exhibition, along with a group of activists, founded the Verein der Freunde eines Schwulen Museums in 1985, and in 1986 they had their first exhibit. The museum has become incredibly successful over the years, and lending requests come from all over the world. 

Today the Schwules Museum is one of the world's largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of LGBTQI communities. Changing exhibits examine different themes and concepts in history, art and culture. Exhibits have included themes such as drag queens, gender issues and AIDS, while some exhibitions are film. The museum hosts lectures and events throughout the year, including scheduled guided tours of certain exhibits from time to time. 

On the upper floor of the building is a reference library with more than 16,000 volumes, plus over 1,500 magazines, over 4,000 films and a variety of other media.

Practical Info

The Schwules Museum is located at Lützowstraße 73. It is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday, the museum is open from 2 to 7 p.m. It's closed on Tuesday.
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Address: Lützowstraße 73, Berlin 10785, Germany
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Hours: Sunday-Monday & Wednesday-Friday 2pm-6pm; Saturday 2pm-7pm; closed Tuesday
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Berlin Pass Including Entry to More Than 50 Attractions

Pick up a Berlin Sightseeing Pass for your visit to Germany's capital and get free entry to more than 50 of the city's top attractions. Choose a 2-day or 3-day Berlin city pass to get into places like the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Berliner Dom and Museum Island – one of the places on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. With the pass, you also get to see the city on a hop-on hop-off tour, a cruise on the Spree River (during summer only) and free use of public transportation in Berlin.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Walking Tour of Berlin's Gay and Lesbian Scene

Vibrant, progressive and multicultural, Berlin has been a pioneer in the gay rights movements since the late-19th century. Delve into the city’s LGBT history on this 3.5-hour walking tour through the historical and culturally rich neighborhoods of Schöneberg and Kreuzberg. Visit one of the city’s oldest trans* bars; stroll through Tiergarten and learn about the LGBT figures who have shaped the city’s history; and visit the Gay Museum* (Schwules Museum*), the world’s first gay museum.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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