The Berlin Gallery is dedicated to art created in the city since 1870 with a focus on photography and architecture. Since 2004, the museum has been housed in a modernist building featuring collections from the Dada Berlin, New Objectivity, and Eastern European avant-garde scenes, plus pieces from the Berlin Wall and reunification eras.
The Berlin Gallery offers 49,500 square feet (4,600 square meters) of exhibition space for paintings, graphics, sculptures, and multimedia from classical modernism through to more contemporary installations. The gallery focuses on local art but has an international scope with many pieces from non-native artists who lived in Berlin. Free guided tours in English are held at 4:15pm on Saturday and at 3pm on the first Monday of the month.
Individual admission tickets are available, or you can purchase the Berlin Pass for free entry to the gallery and 50 other attractions in the city plus a public transit ticket.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Berlin Gallery is a must-visit for those interested in the history of art in Berlin.
- Visitors under 18 years of age enjoy free admission.
- Most visitors spend about two hours exploring the exhibits.
- The museum features an on-site shop and café.
- The gallery is wheelchair accessible and includes accessible parking, elevators, and restrooms. There is also equipment available for those with visual and hearing impairments.
How to Get There
The Berlin Gallery is located at Jakobstrasse 124, adjacent to the Jewish Museum in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Take city bus 248 to the Judisches Museum stop, right in front of the gallery. Alternatively take the U1, U3, or U6 to Hallesches Tor station, the U6 to Checkpoint Charlie station, or the U8 to Moritzplatz; all are a 10- to 15-minute walk from the gallery.
When to Get There
Opening hours are 10am to 6pm Wednesday through Monday. (The Berlin Gallery is one of the few museums open on a Monday.) For the most contemplative experience, visit in the early morning. The gallery features special exhibits throughout the year and offers ongoing lectures, readings, and film screenings; check the website for a current calendar.
The Final Home of the Berlin Gallery
As one of the city’s newest museums, the Berlin Gallery has had many homes since its opening in 1975. Its first site was in Charlottenburg, then it was combined with the New National Gallery before it became part of the Gallery of the 20th Century at the Berlin Zoo. Now its permanent location—a former glass warehouse offering ample space for exhibitions—is a space beloved by Berliners and tourists alike.