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17 May 2014  ·   from 6 pm until 2 am
Long Night of Museums - ONE FOR ALL
Lange Nacht der Museen - EINE FÜR ALLE

The Long Night of Museums was created in Berlin in 1997 and presents itself as ONE FOR ALL - EINE FÜR ALLE : With 80 participating museums all over Berlin, this nocturnal event has something for everyone. Of course there will be activities for children and young people.

more information (in English, website of the event organisator)

The detailled programme will soon be shown on the website

Tickets are available in May 2014 on the website
( 18 € /reduced 12 € , children under the age of 12 years have free admission ).

Calendar of Events

more information 

Summer 2014
"Open Air Cinema 2014 - Sommerkino 2014" at the Kulturforum Berlin

Every year in the summertime a big screen is put up at the Piazzetta and the newest blockbusters as well as the all time-favorites are shown.

More than 1,000 people fit on the Piazzetta - a slightly descending platform just perfectly suited for the visitor seats. Comfortable beach chairs, cocktails and snacks are provided for the right summer feeling.
The open air season goes from June until August 2014. The detailed program will be published in mid-May 2014 on the website   www.yorck.de.


A New Museum for the Art of the 20th Century
The Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, SPK) has decided to build a new museum building at the Berlin Kulturforum for a permanent exhibition of the art of the 20th century. Hereby the urban planning considerations are going to be realized which have been existing for this place since the 1980s: Already in 1987 for the urban development project "Internationale Bauausstellung" (IBA) an extension building for the New National Gallery was planned but the plan was not implemented due to lack of money. This unfortunate fact offers now the unique opportunity to build a museum with the present knowledge in regard to contemporary exhibition design, exhibition technology and special architectural features that have to be considered.
  more infomation on the website of SPK
  article in the newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost"

Pictures of the Kulturforum

Gemäldegalerie at Google Art Project
Google now enables a virtual walk through several art collections worldwide. The Berlin painting gallery "Gemäldegalerie" at the Kulturforum is part of the project. In order to view the Gemäldegalerie on your computer, you need to install a Flash Player.
  Gemäldegalerie at "Google Art Project"
  Entrance of the Gemäldegalerie at Google Street View

Good to know

Area Ticket Kulturforum
The area ticket which is valid for one day for all venues of the National Museums of Berlin at the Kulturforum costs 16 € (reduced 8 €). It is valid for the Gemäldegalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett, the Kunstbibliothek, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Musikinstrumenten-Museum. Free admission is granted to children and young people up to the age of 18.
   more ticket-information

Please keep in mind that the State Museums of Berlin (SMB) are closed on Mondays. The Kunstgewerbemuseum at Kulturforum is closed until autumn 2014!

We hope you have a wonderful time at the Kulturforum!
As our website www.kulturforum-berlin.info is a non-official information service, we cannot give you any binding information about the institutions at the Kulturforum. For that reason, we also cannot provide or arrange any kind of job for you or give information about special pieces of art.

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Kulturforum - Potsdamer Platz
The Berlin Kulturforum has the Potsdamer Platz as a prominent neighbour and both areas complement each other wonderfully. The wide range of good restaurants at Potsdamer Platz has saved some hungry museum- or concert-goers and the shopping options are always a tempting alternative, as well. Alongside there is a large variety of entertainment and shows, but the Potsdamer Platz also comes up with lots of art and culture offerings! An audio guide (available as an app and as download for the MP3 player) describes the attractions at "The Platz" and rentable Segways make the tour around or an even further exploration of Berlin's center to a fun experience.

In return, the museums and the Philharmony at the Kulturforum are attractive destinations for many hotel guests and the more than 100,000 visitors of Potsdamer Platz daily. The new signage concept allows an even better connection and networking of Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz.

There is much more information on the website to Potsdamer Platz:
(link to english version)

www.potsdamerplatz.de (english version)
 Potsdamer Platz



Summer Festival 2014 at the Kulturforum Berlin

For the first time, in 2014 the institutions located at the Berlin Kulturforum are planning a big summer festival. The event takes place on the weekend 14th and 15th of June 2014 and is mutually organised by the foundation of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage (SPK).

On both days various places at the Berlin Kulturforum will be transformed to stages for manyfold events: dance performances, theatre and music, fashion, architecture, photography and film as well as graphic and painting art will be in the center of attention. In addition, there will be special exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops and there will be very many guided tours for every taste.

One music highlight will be the interpretation of Carmina Burana performed by the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the chorus "Rundfunkchor Berlin" and an additional chorus of many children and teenagers - as a whole conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. A second highlight will be the concerts of organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter who will explore the different sounds of the organs "Karl-Schuke-Organ" in the Philharmonie, the organ in the church St. Matthews, the ancient organs in the museum of music instruments and additionaly is performing an Open Air Concert.

Another highlight will be the performance of the Education-department of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the motto "Berlin sings - Berlin singt!" the music piece called Crowd Out! will be premiered: The New York composer and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang undertakes this special event with 1000 musicians who will transform the Berlin Kulturforum as a whole into a sweeping soundscape.

more information:

  Sommerfest-Programm der Berliner Philharmoniker
  Sommerfest-Theaterprojekt vom Deutschen Theater Berlin


The Berlin Kulturforum, with its museums, concert halls, libraries and institutes, is one of the most important cultural sites of Germany. Many well-known and unique institutions are located here, including the New National Gallery, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, and the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall - home of the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) with its sensational reading room and, last but not least, the Gemäldegalerie, which has one of the most important collections of old masters worldwide.

Easy to find
The Kulturforum is located in the heart of Berlin near Potsdamer Platz. It is within walking distance of many tourist attractions, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the government district with the Reichstag (the seat of the German Parliament) and the Chancellery (the seat of the German Chancellor) - the political heart of Germany. It is also within easy reach of the streets Unter den Linden and Friedrichsstraße.

As the cultural centre of former West Berlin, the Kulturforum played an important part in the city´s postwar history. Highly promoted, and located near the Berlin Wall, it was also a political symbol of West Berlin´s growth and vitality in hard times. Its urban design is still in line with the original plans of architect Hans Scharoun in the 1960s. In the ´60s, Potsdamer Platz and the octagonal Leipziger Platz, which were not renovated until the 1990s, were wasteland ruthlessly divided in half by the Wall. Thus the Kulturforum site, more than many other places in Berlin, is a testimony to the period before German reunification, which is why a visit to the area is a fascinating leap in time.


click to Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus
The department store   Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus offers long opening times and a great range of music and literature. In addition, it is worth visiting because of the extensive free program of readings and book launches, and the vertical garden designed by the artist Patrick Blanc!

The Kulturforum in the centre of Berlin is situated directly at Potsdamer Platz and is only a stone´s throw away from Pariser Platz and the political heart of Germany with the seat of the German parliament and chancellor.
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Here you can read more about history and planning of the site since the beginning of the 20th century (only in german language).   

  Special Events
... more reasons to visit the Kulturforum

  Opening Hours
Opening Hours of the State Museums of Berlin (SMB), amongst others: New National Gallery, Gemäldegalerie, Museum of Decorative Arts

  Concerts in the Philharmonie
Due to the good acoustics the design was copied in many concert halls.
  NEWSLETTER (in german)


Learn more about the institutions at the Kulturforum and click on the buildings in the aerial picture below - or choose an institution from the list below:

source: SenStadt Berlin, 2005 (foto: Dirk Laubner)


  Daimler Art Collection
In the "Weinhaus Huth" at Potsdamer Platz are shown the new acquisitions as well as the best pieces of the in all 1.800 artworks comprising private collection.
  Museum für Film und Fernsehen
In the "museum for movie and television" the great moments of film are shown. In addition to the permanent exhibition special exhibitions are regularly shown with changing issues.
more information
The building Martin-Gropius-Bau close to the Potsdamer Platz belongs to the superb locations for large special exhibitions in Berlin.
more information
The Bauhaus-archive gives an insight into the famous school of architecture, design and art of the 20th century.


On the website   www.museumsportal-berlin.de   you find comprehensive information about all museums in Berlin.
  MuseumsJournal  (subscr. 27,60 € / year)
Quarterly, the magazine MuseumsJournal guides through one of the most significant cultural landscapes. Beside the regular occurences, the calendar surveys, special exhibitions, events and guides, the MuseumsJournal reports about museum politics and everyday life, shows up the future developments and perspectives, focuses on key issues of art and cultural history.
  museum pass(port)
Order your museum pass at the online-Shop of the Berlin tourist website "Visit Berlin".
In a very entertaining way the magazine zitty gives comprehensive insights into in all 14 days and nights of the metropolis.
  Berlin Programm
Every month since 1950, the booklet  Berlin Programm  outlines the upcoming highlights of the city.
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