Long Night of Museums Berlin: Off The Island
Berlin’s Long Night of Museums is not to be missed as hundreds of buildings across the city will open their doors to the culture hungry public late into the evening. The theme for the March edition is “Ruined Diversity” and focuses on the rise of the Nazis in Germany and the shocking and brutal removal of everything that did not fit their ideology.
So this March head out in the evening and top up your culture.This is what the city has to offer. And as an added twist why not take your feet off the beaten track? By this we mean leave Museum Island and find some of the more unusual venues.
Here are out top picks off the Island:
The Berlin DDR Motorcycle Museum: If you love two wheels then head here for some beautifully preserved German motorcycles. Exhibits include Simson-Suhl, IWL and EMW and almost of the models that were made during the GDR’s 40 production life. Located on Rochstrasse the nearest U bahn is Alexaderpaltz.
Berlin Underground Museum: As with many huge and old cities, Berlin, has a hidden life underground. Many of the rooms date from the Second World War era and include the startlingly authentic “Bunker B” and other civil defence works.
Cafe Sybille: Not a museum, but a good place to grab a coffee as well as an important spot in the landscape of post war east Berlin. Located on Karl Marx Allee inside is a photographic exhibition which shows the history of the street and “workers’ palaces” during the communist occupation.
Museum der Unerhörten Dinge: Roughly translated this is the Museum of Outrageous Things, and that is what you will certainly get. The exhibits range from the fur of a bonsai deer and slag from a blast furnace to a piece of iron from Chernobyl and the stone chest of Thomas Mann. Eclectic? We think so. Worth a visit? Definitely!
Palace of Tears: Another spot haunted with memories of post war divided Berlin. This building was the border crossing station at Friedrichstrasse, where family members had to say goodbye to each other as they headed back into west Berlin. Now there is a permanent collection on display that shows what everyday culture was like during the occupation. It aims to remind people about the daily restrictions citizens had to live with.
Museum of Things: In a similar vein to the Museum of Outrageous Things this is a tiny, but perfectly formed, spot for things that don’t quite fit into any other museum. The focus here is on items from the 20th and 21st centuries and the influence of the mass production of goods. The museum also contains the archive of the German Work Federation (Werkbund), an association of artists, industrialists and politicians concerned with cultural issues founded in 1907. One of the exhibits is the Frankfurt Kitchen designed in 1926 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, which became the architectural prototype for all modern kitchens.