When I left my job in London to move to Berlin my colleagues made a collection and bought me The Berlin Pass, which includes a 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass.
Bought separately, the Museum Pass costs €19 and with it you get free entry to 55 of Berlin’s best museums and galleries.
Last week, I finally felt that I had the time and the energy needed to make the most out of it and, having drawn up an itinerary the night before, I set out on Tuesday to visit as many of the qualifying museums and galleries as possible.
Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité (Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité)
Gemäldegalerie (Old Masters Paintings)
Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Musical Instrument Museum)
Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery)*
Had they been open I would also have visited the Kupferstischkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and revisited the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) whilst I was at the Kulturforum.
Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology)
Altes Museum (Museum of the Ancient World)
I had much more planned for Day 2 but hadn’t grasped just how big the Deutsches Technikmuseum is.
Alliierten Museum (Allied Museum)
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection)
Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
I would also have revisited the Neues Museum (New Museum) whilst I was on Museumsinsel but there was a €4 entry fee, as there was a temporary exhibition.
A 3-Day Museum Pass costs €19 and in 3 days the combined total of the standard entrance prices to all the museums and galleries I visited was €87. That said, I wouldn’t recommend that everyone tries to see 12 different venues with their pass.
When I decided to use my pass in this way I knew that I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time as I would like in the museums that appealed to me but I wanted to sample as many as possible and then return to my favourites at a late date.
Also, I was revisiting some (marked with *) for the sake of taking more photographs and checking for any changes since I had last been.
It’s also worth pointing out that at the end of each day my feet felt the way they used to during my holidays in Berlin when I would sit on the edge of the bath with an icy cold beer in my hand and my feet in cool water until the throbbing stopped.
In the coming weeks I will post about my favourite venues that I visited during my Berlin Museum Pass Marathon.
The 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass is available from the participating museums and galleries and Berlin’s Visitor Information Centres or can be ordered online from visitBerlin. There is also a list of the 55 museums and galleries the Museum Pass gives you access to on the visitBerlin website.