The German Historical Museum (German: Deutsches Historisches Museum), known by the acronym DHM, is a museum in Berlin, Germany devoted to German history. It describes itself as a place of "enlightenment and understanding of the shared history of Germans and Europeans". It is often viewed as one of the most important museums in Berlin and is one of the most frequented. The museum is located in the Zeughaus (armoury) on the Unter den Linden as well as in the adjacent Exhibition Hall designed by I. M. Pei.
The German Historical Museum is under the legal form of a foundation registered by the Federal Republic of Germany. Its highest-ranking body is the Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) with representatives of the federal government, the German Bundestag (Parliament) and the governments of the German Länder, or states.
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Rap Pro | Mar 2, 2018
Very poor museum. Audioguide is expensive and of no use whatsoever. Explanations are descriptive, no context, no perspective whatsoever. The parts before 1870 make no sense whatsoever. Except if you love armours swords and shields, just skip it. And if you don't know anything about the history of Germany, simply skip the whole museum, because you won't be able to do anything with the ranges of paintings shown there. It's absurd such a museum would exist in 2018. Though, i should say the temporary exhibition on October 1917 was truly amazing and enlightening, the museum in proper is purely meaningless and the curators should be named and shamed.
Glen Chui | Feb 15, 2018
Excellent museum, with a nice mix of artwork and artifacts showing the history of Germany. Museum is logically laid out and easy to navigate. My personal favourite is the large portrait of Great Britain's King George III, reminding colonies that when push comes to shove, he will send a fully armed battalion to remind them of his love.
Brian Hughes | Jan 19, 2018
Very large museum covering German history from prehistory to the 1980's. Many very impressive artifacts and historical paintings. Signs and explanatory material are in German and English. The layout can be hard to follow and it is easy to miss whole sections. There are two entrances, the new part houses only temporary exhibits and generally more modern architectural extravagance than function. There is a lack of signs to direct you to the main building, which is more interesting for most people.
Kaleigh Woods | Oct 25, 2017
The museum was beautiful, clean, and easy to follow. I loved seeing history from the beginning of German influence until now. It did feel, though, a bit less in depth than I would have liked, and almost all of the exhibits felt more like a European history museum with particular focus of how that impacted German history. I was also not a huge fan of how glossed over the atrocities done to those victimized in the Holocaust. On the other hand, it was fascinating to see artifacts from the Nazi regime. The restaurant in the museum was actually very upscale for a museum cafe. The dessert was fantastic and their food was delicious! The staff was super nice, which was such a change from other museums around the world that I've been to. The prices felt extremely fair, especially if you're a student.
Oto Ricardo Alves da Silva | Jan 18, 2018
Great permanent and temporary expositions, with bilingual information stands. I would definitely recommend visiting. Better to go to using public transportation because parking is really difficult in the area. On weekends, there is a very nice souvenirs fair right outside the museum, which I really recommend.
Ellen Brennan | Mar 21, 2018
Great museum! You can learn the most important parts of European history through the perspective of Germany as a nation. It's huge, it has lots of primary sources that are well explained (both in German and English) and the temporary side exhibits are also great. If you like German History or don't know anything about it and want to learn, this is a great place. If you're interested in just select portions of history, there is plenty of info on each part (30 Years War, Unification, World War I, World War II, etc). I spent over 6 hours there (but of course it can be done in less time if you're not reading every little artefact). The 8 euro ticket (4 for students) is very reasonable, and sometimes there's free days. Only minor complaint is sometimes the signs aren't exactly in a good order so you kind of have to zigzag the museum a bit, but just look out for that and it'll be good.
Jeremy Korb | Apr 2, 2018
The museum staff are some of the unfriendliest customer-facing employees I have ever encountered. I have never come across such unhappy people in my two decades or so of existence. Someone needs to find them new jobs far, far away from other people. The exhibits themselves were very interesting but poorly laid out.
Jack Mirza | Mar 19, 2018
Really nice place, great collection and well laid out. Only problem was the very German security guards. First time one came up to me and touched me rudely to get my attention (please just talk to me next time, don't touch me roughly on the shoulder, what's wrong with you) and told me to take my small jacket to the cloakroom which I'd removed (loads of other people were carrying their jackets), then later one came up to me and asked for my ticket also rudely, which I showed him. He told me I must stick it on my clothes like a badge instead.. Really man, really? You need to show the tickets at the entrance anyway to get in.. Anyways I guess it was funny enough also learning about Germans and their absolute insistence on following rules to the letter even if they don't make sense and are executed in a non-human connection way.
Galia Gutman | Mar 12, 2018
Highly recommended! You'll spend there at least 4 hours so be prepared. The exhibition is well written and clear, the path through the exhibition is also clear. Some explanation in English are missing and that's too bad. Recommend to take the audio guide!!!
Rares Chioreanu | Jun 26, 2018
Best history museum I've ever visited. The museum is huge and, if you're really into it, you could easily spend a whole day in there. One of the bonus points the museum has to offer is the free admission for children, which makes it a perfect place for families. The exhibition takes two whole floors and is very interactive.
Evgeny Petrunin | Jul 4, 2018
I love museums. This was unfortunately the only one I was able to visit during my two days trip. And I would definitely recommend it. I went early morning so there were just a few people there. Got refreshed quite a few things on my memory about German history. Nice expositions. Audio guides available. Overall very good museum if you like to history.
James McFarlane | Jun 10, 2018
The first exhibit I saw was an interesting map about borders. I personally thought it focused too much on the present day European Union and its borders. A history museum should leave current affairs to the historians of the future. After that though, very positive. An excellent museum that has plenty to say and says it well. The museum pulls no punches when dealing with difficult topics and is very educational. Highly recommend.
Louis Magarshack | Jun 20, 2018
Excellent museum that helps understand how modern Germany came to be. We had planned to spend 4 hours at the museum, but we were not able to see and read everything in that interval. It's extremely informative and a great way to start a trip in Berlin. As a minor note, I think the first exhibit would be even better with a few timelines and modern maps to visualize key events, it's a bit hard to keep track of all the dates, names and related events with only text.
Erdem Tuna | Jul 3, 2018
An excellent museum with detailed history of Deutschland from 500's up to 2000. Explanations are provided for important instances or time periods both on German and English. Takes like 4 hours to visit. The interior is very well designed and instructive signs guide you through.
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