With the Germans taking to the polls today in their national elections, we thought we’d take a look at three of the capital’s more unusual museums. With 170 in the city, there’s every chance you might miss this quirky trio, yet if you’re looking for some unusual additions to your sightseeing itinerary whilst on a city break to Berlin, these might well fit the bill.
Museum The Kennedys
Situated opposite the Brandenburg Tour across from the new American Embassy building on Pariser Platz, the Kennedys’ Museum pays homage to the special relationship between John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy family and the city of Berlin. Amongst other memorable moments in his cut-short life, Kennedy remains famous for his rousing, inspirational and iconic quote “Ich bin ein Berliner”, thus making the German capital a natural candidate as the home to Kennedys’ Museum. Open since 2008, the museum houses some 300 photographs and other private and public memorabilia belonging to the 35th US President. The museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday, 11am to 7pm (closed Mondays) and entrance is €5 (€2.50 concessions).
The Ramones Museum (RMCM)
A somewhat strange location for a museum devoted to punk rock band, The Ramones, given that they hail from New York, yet this fascinating collection of Ramones memorabilia has been amassed by superfan, Florian Hayler, who attended over 100 concerts by the group since 1990. A year after Johnny Ramone’s death, the Ramones Museum opened in 2005, relaunched in 2008 as the ‘Home of the Fast Four’ following a move and expansion and today the collection contains photographs, gig set lists, souvenirs, concert T shirts and flyers. There are also regular live music gigs and a cafe, too. Situated just off Oranienburger Strasse close to the New Synagogue, the museum is open Sunday to Thursday from 12pm until 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. Entrance is €3.50.
The Dalí Exhibition
Potsdamer Platz is now the permanent home to a permanent fabulous exhibition of works by Surrealist master, Salvador Dalí. Bringing together a world-class museum in one of Berlin’s most well-known and historic sites, the Dalí collection has been a hugely popular addition to the city’s cultural offerings since its opening in 2009 and presents around 450 works (selected from a pool of well over 2,000) drawn from private collections worldwide. These include drawings, lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, illustrated books, documents, original graphics and complete portfolios, three-dimensional works, multiple objects and sculptures as well as contemporary reports, texts and film sequences. The museum is open daily from 12pm until 8pm (from 10am on Sundays).