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Until 26 July 2015
Mario Testino. In Your Face
One highlight 2015 at the Berlin "Kulturforum" (Culture Forum) is the special exhibition „Mario Testino. In Your Face” with 125 pictures showing the wide range of art work of the photographer Mario Testino. The exhibition will be shown until 26 July 2015 in the SMB-exhibition rooms at the Kulturforum.

Questions or requests concerning the exhibition? Please contact directly the exhibition organisation Kunstbibliothek.

  more information on the SMB-website

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Summer 2015
"Open Air Cinema 2015 - Sommerkino 2015"
Another highlight at the "Kulturforum" is the Open Air Cinema-season. 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. Beach chairs, cocktails and snacks are provided for the right summer feeling.
The open air season goes from July until end of August 2015. You find the detailed program on the website   www.yorck.de.

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29 August 2015  ·  from 6 pm until 2 am
Long Night of the Museums

The Long Night of the Museums was created in Berlin in 1997 and will take place the next time on 29th of August 2015. From August details will be published on the following website:     www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de


Plans for a new museum
A new museum for Modern Art is planned at the Kulturforum. The so called "Museum der Moderne" will be complementary to the New National Gallery that is located at the Kulturforum Berlin, as well. Both museums will present the SMB-collection of Modern Art of the 20th century and the private Pietzsch-collection. Probably in 2020 the new museum will be reopened.

  Information on the SPK-website
  Interview with Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (November 2014, in German language)

The New National Gallery is closed from 2015
The New National Gallery is one of the most famous buildings at the Kulturforum Berlin. This temple of steel and glass was built for the SMB-collection of 20th century art and is itself one of the best examples of the architecture of classical modernism of the 20th century. Designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe the building was opened in 1968. Now - from 2015 onwards - the whole building complex needs a complete refurbishment what will take at least 4 years.

  Information on the SMB-website
  Article in the Berlin daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel"

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


- Entrance fee for the State Museums of Berlin (SMB) at the Kulturforum Berlin
Here you find all information about   entrance fees and opening times

Museum admission is free for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age.
Many of the museums offer events specifically designed for children and families.

Special exhibitions are charged separately.

As an alternative to the usual museum tickets you can buy a Museum Pass that is valid for three consecutive days and that is acceptet by more than 50 museums in Berlin:
  Museum Pass for 24 Euro
  Museum Pass (reduced price) for 12 Euro

- More Information
The State Museums of Berlin (SMB) offer many thematic tours and special events. All information can be found on the SMB-website.

Please keep in mind that the State Museums of Berlin (SMB) are closed on Mondays.

Please click here for more information 
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



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.
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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.

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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