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Schwules Museum

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Schwules Museum
Photograph: Kate Bettes for Time Out

Time Out says

The only museum in the world dedicated to queer life in all its forms

What is it?

An illuminating museum that celebrates and memorialises the lives of the German LGBTQIA+ community across four exhibition spaces.

What is the history of the Schwules Museum?

Also known as ‘The Gay Museum’, the Schwules Museum in Schöneberg has been running since 1985, and is internationally renowned for its collection. Schwules opens windows into the LGBTQIA+ past, as well as exploring current topics, like fetish and sex-positivity, contemporary queer artists, and sex education.

Looking to get even deeper on your trip? There are 25,000 titles here, covering everything from rare porn to art history, as well as films, cassettes, records and more, which you can check out. 

How do I book?

Tickets to the Schwules Museum should be booked online and are €9 or €3 reduced. Public tours run every Thursday at 6pm and Saturday at 4pm. No registration is needed, but there is a limit of 25 participants. 

On specific dates, tours are offered in German Sign Language. There is hearing support, such as information accessible in text, and hearing aid devices. 

There is no barrier-free parking nearby, but public transport options are available. The main entrance has a small number of steps, and there is a barrier-free entrance via the courtyard. There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms on site, and most of the exhibits are designed to be able to be seen while sitting.

Assistance dogs are allowed in all rooms.

Toilets are all-gender.

For more information, check out the website here.

H2: Where's good to eat nearby?

There are several areas close by that are celebrated for their connection to the queer community. Motzstrasse, Fuggerstrasse, Nollendorfplatz and Winterfeldtplatz, to name just a few! So combine your exploration with your foodie choices.

Time your trip alongside the colourful Winterfeldtplatz weekly market, order traditional Greek mezze and souvlaki at Berkis or immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest-themed W Imbiss vegetarian restaurant.

Kate Bettes
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Kate Bettes


Lützowstraße 73
U6, U7 Mehringdamm
Opening hours:
Open 2-6pm Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun; 2-7pm Sat
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