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Altes Museum
Lustgarten , 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 90 55 55, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, Tram
1,13,50 Am Kupfergraben | Times: Tue - Sun 10-18 | Tickets: 6, 4 concs. Free first Sunday of each month.
The Altes Museum currently houses two important exhibitions:

The collection of classical antiques contains art and sculpture with highlights including Greek stone and bronze sculpture, vases, gold and silverware. A major collection of Etruscan art will be reopened to the public upon completion of restoration works.

The most important works from the Old National Gallery, (currently undergoing renovation) have a temporary home at the Altes Museum. The exhibition entitled "Masterpieces from the Old National Gallery" includes 19th Century sculptures, and impressionist paintings by Manet, Monet and Cezanne.

Bauhaus Archiv Museum für Gestaltung
Klingelhöfer Strasse 14 , 10785 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 25 40 02 0, Fax: 25 40 02 10 | Busstop Lützowplatz 100, 187, 341, 129 | Price: DM7.80 adults; DM3.90 reduced | Times: Sun - Mon 10am - 5pm
The Bauhaus Archiv Design Museum in Berlin researches and presents the history of Bauhaus (1919-1933), its style, and of course its world wide influence on the art of the 20th century. A permanent exhibition showing parts of the rich Bauhaus archive collection is often supplemented by well-curated special exhibitions regarding single aspects of the history of Bauhaus. The building itself was built using plans drafted by the founder and first Bauhaus director, Walter Gropius, in 1976-1979. Of interest is also the large Bauhaus shop with design objects from the Bauhaus until the present day. In addition to the exhibition, it offers such icons of design as the famous Bauhaus-lamp or the Bauhaus toys. Information is also available in English.

Deutsche Guggenheim
Unter den Linden 13-15, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 202 09 30, Fax: no fax | U6 Französische Str. | Price: DM8, DM5 concession. | Times: 11:00-20:00 daily.
A minor European branch of the Guggenheim museums, this was set up in partnership with the Deutsche Bank and is actually in the same building as one of the bank´s branches. A corporate gallery, its exhibitions tend towards the safe, big name, nice but bourgeois.

Museum for the Present - Berlin
(Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart)
Invalidenstr. 50, Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 2090 5555, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Lehrter Stadtbahnhof | Times: Tues - Sun 11:00 - 6:00, Thurs 11:00-22:00 | Tickets: 12, 6 concs.
The shell of the former Hamburger Station has housed Berlin´s largest collection of contemporary art since 1996. There is an impressive Joseph Beuys collection and works by Anselm Kiefer, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol et al. Recently housed 'Sensations' - exhibition of the Saatchi collection which was the talk of the town. Great building but why is the art all grey?

Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 281 73 25, Fax: no fax | U6 Oranienburger Tor | Price: DM5, DM3 concession. | Times: 12:00-18:00 Sun, Tue-Thu; 12:00-21:00 Fri-Sat.
The Kunst-Werke, now heavily funded, started out small and became the most high-profile venue for young contemporary art in Berlin. Works by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Gary Hill, Carsten Höller and Sol Le Witt are housed in its fully refurbished buildings (with cafe pavilion designed by Dan Graham). One of the Berlin Biennale hosts from January 2001.

Museum of Prints and Drawings
Matthäikirchplatz , 10785 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 209 055 55, Fax: no fax | S1, 2, 25 Potsdamer Platz, U1, 15 Kurfürstenstraße | Times: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Thrs 10am - 8pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 6pm | Tickets: 4, 2 concs.
The Kupferstichkabinett possesses one of the world´s largest collections of drawings and prints. It boasts works by great artists including Pisanello, Dürer, Picasso and Beuys. The collection includes European works from the 14th to the 20th century. Areas of particular interest include early Italian, old German and old Netherlandish masters. 20th century drawing and print-making is another strong-point of the collection.

Romantic Gallery (Galerie der Romantik)
This small collection of paintings from the Romantic era used to be housed in a wing of Schloß Charlottenburg. Highlights were works by the ever-present Schinkel, and also Casper David Friedrich. In February 2001 the gallery was closed but the collection will be back on public display from 3rd December 2001 in the Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) on Museum Island.

Sammlung Berggruen - Westlicher Stülerbau
Schloßstr. 1, 14059 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 3269 5814, Fax: no fax | U2 Sophie-Charlotte Platz | Times: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 6pm | Tickets: 8, 4 concs.
The stunning private collection of Art dealer and collector Heinz Berggruen is housed in the Western Stüler Building opposite the Egyptian Museum. It holds an ever growing collection of works by 20th century favourites such as Picasso, Matisse, Klee and Braque. These artists are exhibited in their historical/artistic context alongside Van Gogh, Cezanne and examples of the African art which inspired them.

Schinkel Museum (in the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche)
Werderscher Markt , 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 208 13 23, Fax: no fax | U6 Französische Str. | Price: 4, 2 concession | Times: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 .
Although written entirely in German, the Schinkel Museum is small and simple enough for anyone to understand. Found in the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche - a red brick church designed by Schinkel himself - this museum contains a collection of statues by German artists. If you're looking for something less overwhelming and mind-blowing than many of the larger museums, the Schinkel Museum is worth a look.

Oranienburger Str. 54-58, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 282 61 85, Fax: no fax | U6 Oranienburger Tor | Times: 14:00-22:00
An international group of artists claimed what was left of this cement monolith on Oranienburger Strasse in 1990 and converted it into a cultural center, with two galleries, a theater, a steel workshop, countless artists' workshops, and a café. Through its first decade, the Tacheles squatters fought against repeated eviction notices from the government, and became one of Berlin's most symbolic bastions against consumer-culture. But in 1998, the Tacheles negotiated a contract with the Fundus group, the property management firm that now owns most of Oranienburger Str, and secured a symbolic rent of 1DM per year.

Tacheles has been given the status of a listed building, having been recognized for its historical merit and its new identity. The one-time Jewish-owned department store was turned into a soldier fortress and detainment center for prisoners of war during WWII.

In its second decade as a cultural centre, the Tacheles will have to struggle with its international reputation as a tourist attraction, as well as with its place in Fundus's projected transformation of the area into a Soho-inspired entertainment center. Tip: the outdoor café mixes cheap daiquiris in the summer. Order lime; the strawberry is pink, but the fruitiness ends there.

Vitra Design Museum Berlin
Kopenhagener Strasse 58, 10437 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 473 77 70, Fax: 47 37 77 20 | S+U Schönhauser Allee | Price: DM10, DM6 concession, children under 12 free of charge. | Times: Tue-Sun 11-20 | Guided tours Thu, Sat, Sun 16:00 and on request.
The Vitra Design Museum Berlin is the first regional branch of the renowned Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, and is destined to be one of the top addresses for design and architecture exhibitions over the next two years. Dedicated to presenting the current trends in industrial furniture and design objects, the Vitra Berlin is located in an amazing and challenging building - the former "Humboldt" transformer station, created in 1924-26 by the architect Hans-Heinrich Müller in Prenzlauer Berg.

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