The city of Berlin accommodates a total of 153 museums. The Museum Island complex has been declared as a world inheritance by UNESCO. It is situated in the northern part of the Island of Spree, between Spree and the Kupfergraben. It was already declared “districts devoted to the art and antiquities” by Royal rule. Then Altes Museum (Old Museum) in the Lustgarten, from where the queen of Nefertiti is exhibited and the Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Galerry), the Pergamonmuseum and the Bode Museum were constructed. The names of the buildings are not necessarily related with the contents of exhibited collections and items.
There are plenty more museums alongside Museum Island. The Gemäldegalerie (Paintings Gallery) focuses upon paintings from old masters from the 13th up until the 18th century, while the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) which specialized in European paintings from the 20th century.
In the spring of 2006, the ever expanding German Historic Museum in the Zeughaus reopened with an exposition dedicated to German history, wherein the fall of the Wall of Berlin of 1989 center stage took.
In the Museum Centrum Berlin-Dahlem (Dahlem district), you can find Art Museums and World Culture Museums such as, the Museum of Indian Art, the Museum for Oriental-Asian Art, the Ethnologic Museum, the Museum of European Culture as well as the Geallieerden Museum (a museum about the Cold War) and the Museum Brücke (an arts museum).
• Bauhaus-Archive: this is an architecture museum.
• Checkpoint Charlie: A private museum exhibiting materials that allowed the Wall to be build.
• German Technological Museum: situated in Kreuzberg, has a broad collection of historical technical objects.
• Berlin Egypt Museum: situated along on the other side of the street, viewable from the Palace of Charlottenburg, this museum accommodates one of the world’s most important collections of objects from Old Egypt.
• Beate Uhse Erotic Museum: Situated near the zoo, it’s one of the biggest erotic museums found in the world.
• Humboldt Museum: museum of natural sciences, situated near the Berlin Hauptbahnhof exhibits one of the biggest reconstructed dinosaurs in the world.
• Jew Museum of Berlin: a permanent exhibition of two-thousand year old Germanjews history.
• Stasi Museum, in Lichtenberg, with a concentration upon the old Ministry of East-Germany street police (Stasi).
• Museum Story of Berlin: combines new audiovisual techniques with the history of the city. One of the 23 underground bunkers that still remain in the city can also be visited.
In order to fully enjoy the museums found in and around Berlin, it is recommended to sort out all accommodation arrangements beforehand. There are numerous hotel in Berlin to choose from, if you wish to stay for only a couple of days in Berlin.