Well, Germany is one of those countries that can impress you in so many ways that it is outright fascinating. Today, we are going to present some of its most renowned museums and recommend them to you wholeheartedly. If you’ve already been to Germany, then you might not have missed these juggernauts but if you have, keep your eyes peeled for some fine hints and clues. So, without further dithering, let us get right down to business!
1. Deutsches Historisches Museum:
Also known by its abbreviation, DHM, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) of Berlin is one of the most important museums of not only the capital but of the entire country. Declaring itself a place of “enlightenment and understanding of the shared history of Germans and Europeans”, the establishment is located within the bounds of the Zeughaus armoury on the Unter den Linden avenue. The museum is divided in 16 separate sections that can all take up a few tens of minutes to view. These are: Everyday Life Culture I (a section with over 70,000 items dedicated to household utilities, medical and technical instruments); Everyday Life Culture II (costumes, fashion-related objects and even badges – more than 45,000 items); Everyday Life Culture III (a section dedicated to toys, postcards and political objects consisting of around 40,000 items); Documents I (autographs, flyer and map collections, deeds, seals and albums – around 50,000 items); Documents II (newspapers, photo albums, flyers again, and propaganda materials – over 120,000 items); Old and Valuable Prints (prints dating from the 15th-20-th centuries – 25,000 objects); Film Collection (a section consisting of more than 850 films); Picture Archive (with more than 500,000 photographs); Applied Arts and Sculptures up to 1900 (metal art, furniture and ceramics – no more than 6,000 items); Print Collection (pertaining to the history of the interval of time between the 15th and the 20th centuries – more than 100,000 prints); Art I (paintings until 1900 – just over 850 items); Art II (3,000 paintings and sculptures from the 20th-21th centuries and over 20,000 photographs); Numismatics (boasting with over 80,000 items); Posters (housing the 1896-1938 Hans Sachs Collection and others – over 80,000 items); Militaria I (flags, medals and decorations pertaining to the military – around 20,000 items); and, finally, Militaria II (another section like the previous one but with another 30,000 items). If you have the time, we recommend that you check each and every one of the aforementioned sections out carefully because they are simply spectacular. Oh, and let us not forget about its abundant online photo archive.
2. Deutsches Museum:
Next up, we jump from Berlin all the way to Munich and its scintillating Deutsches Museum (German Museum). Although their names are similar, they present different aspects of our world. The Munich-based Deutsches Museum is dedicated to science and technology and it is hands-down the best one of its parent country. Located at Museumsinsel 1, it boasts with a collection of over 28,000 items out of which some are even interactive. What might drop your jaw is the fact that it covers 50 scientific areas and it can manage all of them with professionalism. Founded in 1903, it now receives over 1.5 million visitors each year. Its permanent exhibits are the following (in alphabetical order): Aerospace, Agriculture, Altamira Cave (one of the most renowned and brilliant reproductions in the world), Amateur Radio, Astronautics, Astronomy, Bridge Building, Ceramics, Chemistry, Chronometry, Computers, Digital Imaging, Electrical Power, Energy Technology, Environment, Geodesy, Glass, History of the Deutsches Museum, Hydraulic Engineering, Machine Components, Machine Tools, Marine Navigation, Masterpieces, Mining (both Historical and Modern), Metallurgy, Microelectronics, Mineral Oil and Natural Gas, Music, Paper, Pharmacy, Physics, Power Machinery, Printing, Scientific Instruments, Technical Toys, Telecommunications, Textile Technology, Tunnel Construction, and, finally, Weights and Measures. Definitely a must-see!
3. Grünes Gewölbe:
If you are interested in one of the largest collections of European treasures, you might want to check out Dresden’s Grünes Gewölbe. Founded by the renowned Augustus the Strong in 1723, it houses items dating from the Baroque to Classicism. Suffering a terrible blow during World War II, it has been successfully restored and we can say that it is far better now than it used to be. Part of the Dresden State Art Collections, it is located on the first and second floors of the western wing of the Dresdner Residenzschloss. Oh, and what’s interesting about it (if you have not done the translation yourself), is that it has been named after its former malachite-green columns and base. What this means is that if your favourite colour is green, you have an extra reason to visit it (wink).
Did you enjoy our list?
How many of the aforementioned establishments have you visited and how many of them are still howling at you from your bucket list? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! Safe travels and happy culture-hunting!