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Long Night of Museums
The "Long Night of Museums" is one of Berlin's most well-known event; it gives visitors from across the world a great overview of the museums landscape in Germany's capital. On March 16th, approximately 75 museums will open their doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., showing their collections, exhibitions and special programmes. "The Long Night of Museums" is a cultural event on which museums and cultural institutions show their exhibitions during the night. Visitors get the opportunity to see art collections and installations at unusual opening hours. Additionally, many other events are held such as performances and concerts. The first Long Night of Museums, in German "Lange Nacht der Museen", took place in Berlin in 1997. Since then, the concept has spread to more than 120 cities across Europe.
The central location is the Kulturforum at Matthäikirchplatz next to Potsdamer Platz. Tickets and information can be found there as well as shuttle buses which head to all participating venues. The ticket provides entry to all participating venues, unlimited use of the shuttle bus service and unlimited use of public transportation (BVG busses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn) in zones ABC (3 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Althrough many venues are within walking distance from the centre at Kulturforum Matthäikirchplatz, most are spread throughout the city; the shuttle bus service helps you navigate your way between the museums and enables you to see as much as possible.
Regular price 18 euros, reduced price 12 euros. Tickets can be purchased at BVG (subway) and S-Bahn station counters and other ticketing offices like concert ticket offices and tourist information offices. On March 16th, you can buy the ticket in each museum which takes part of the "Long Night of Museums" (starting 5 p.m.).
Due to the wide range of participating programmes on offer, German is no precondition for attending the "Long Night of Museums". Several venues offer information in English, and many exhibitions and parts of special programmes will be self-explanatory. The booklet with the entire programme of "The Night of Museums" is documented in German and English on 168 pages and is available for free in many cafés, at the the ticketing offices and at many museums. Ask for it!
Tips for beginners: at first take one cluster of museums that are close together. My personal highlights:
Cluster 1: Museum Island
Altes Museum (Old Museum)
Neues Museum (New Museum)
Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum)
Cluster 2: Kulturforum Matthäikirchplatz (next to Postdamer Platz)
Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery)
Musik-Instrumenten-Museum (Musical Instrumental Museum)
Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Filmmuseum)
Cluster 3: Checkpoint Charlie
Asisis Panometer Berlin (big Berlin Wall panorama)
Mauermuseum (Checkpoint Charlie Museum)
Cluster 4: Kreuzberg
Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum)
Berlinische Galerie (photography and modern art)
Bunker Fichtestrasse Gasometer
Cluster 5: City West at Bahnhof Zoo
Museum für Fotografie (Museum of Photography - The Helmut Newton Collection)
Archenold Sternwarte (old obversatory)
Classic Remise (lots of vintage cars)
There are many other interesting venues. You're invited to post you personal highlights and tips here in this thread.