Story of Berlin

Museums, History Charlottenburg
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
The huge floorspace is filled with installations and multimedia exhibits created by authors, designers and film and stage specialists, telling Berlin's story from its founding in 1237 to the present day. The 20 themed displays are labelled in both German and English. Underneath all this is a massive nuclear shelter. Built by the Allies in the 1970s, the low-ceilinged, oppressive bunker is still fully functional and can hold up to 3,500 people. Guided tours are included in the price of the ticket.


Venue name: Story of Berlin
Address: Kurfürstendamm 207-208

Opening hours: Open 10am-8pm daily; last entry 6pm
Transport: U1 Uhlandstrasse
Price: Admission €9.80; €8 reductions
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This museum is as you'd expect 'all about the history of Berlin'. It was quite well done although at times the layout felt a bit disjointed and confusing as to what I should read next. I did learn a lot about Berlin though and much of it was quite interesting.
It details all historic phases of Berlin right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall and that includes the terrifying Nazi phase.
It also includes all content in both German and English so if you speak/read English you're covered.
They also have a bonus tour which is included with your entrance fee to the Cold War Bunker which is close to the museum site. The tour is available in English and at the entrance they detail the time of the next tour so that you can plan things. You need to be at the museum entrance to join the tour so if you go into the museum for a bit you'll have to backtrack to come out again to then join the tour. Don't worry though the tour guide will let you back in the museum after the tour of you show her your ticket. The tour is okay but I was a tad let down as the Bunker itself is a bit of a farce. It is genuine but was actually finished after the Cold War phase and the beds they've fitted inside are there for show and we're never fitted when it was made. The Bunker itself isn't even fit for purpose as people could not have survived down there for more than 2 weeks so it's a tad pointless but hey it's genuine so vaguely interesting I guess. Only a half hour tour so worth doing.
All in all it's a pretty good museum but doesn't quite make my top 10 for the city.