Bookable tours for groups

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin offer bookable guided tours for groups to their collections and selected special exhibitions. The current regulations for the containment of the Corona virus apply.

Duration: 60 minutes, Unless otherwise stated
German: 80 € plus admission
English: 90 € plus admission
Limited number of participants.

The number of participants is currently limited to 15 people.
Please book your guided tour at least 2 weeks before the desired date.

Please refer to the admission prices on the individual museum pages. When booking a tour, we reserve the specified number of admission tickets for you. On the day of your visit, you can buy the actually required number of tickets at the museum ticket office. It is not necessary to book online time slot tickets in advance. Please note that we cannot grant group discounts on admission prices.

Other foreign languages available on request. A booked tour can be cancelled free of charge up to one week before the date.

From now on, third-party tours and group visits without a guided tour can be booked again. The maximum group size is 15 people. Larger groups may be split up and admitted to the exhibition time delayed.

Please register you group until one week before the desired date in our online-shop (groups).

Travel guides, city guides, and others can do guided tours in all our museums, but they must first register their groups before bringing them on a tour of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

A licence fee of 35 EUR is charged per group (up to 15 persons). Depending on the museum and capacity, these licensed tours are only possible at certain times. Licensed tours always have to be registered at least one week in advance.

The guide buys the number of tickets actually needed at the admission desk, where the tickets are reserved for his group.

Please book your guided in our online shop (groups): shop.smb.museum

 

Please register all groups from 10 persons at least one week in advance of your proposed visit to the museum. Depending on the capacity of the museum groups will be split up to enter time delayed in to the exhibition.

The advantages of the registering a group are:

_The museum rooms are not overcrowded.
_You will not have to queue to get in and do not have to buy your tickets in advance.
_Simply pay for the number of tickets that you actually need at the special group admission desks.
_Reservations for group visits are free of charge.

Please note that groups without reservations may be denied entry.


Free admission for student groups

Students taking part in educational activities receive free entry to the entire network of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. You must, however, register your visit in advance and bring a letter of confirmation from your college or university with you to the museum. The letter should clearly state the date of the visit, the name of the course or seminar and the purpose of the visit.

Please register your group here: shop.smb.museum

Your choice of bookable tours

Caspar David Friedrich (5.9.1774 - 7.5.1840), "Moonrise at the Sea", painting / oil on canvas (1822)
Caspar David Friedrich (5.9.1774 - 7.5.1840), "Moonrise at the Sea", painting / oil on canvas (1822) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie, Jörg P. Anders

Alte Nationalgalerie
Masterworks of the 19th Century
With paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel or Claude Monet, the Alte Nationalgalerie shows masterworks of the 19th century. The tour includes works of Classicism, Romanticism and Modern Art.

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vahine no te Tiare. The Woman with the Flower, 1891 © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vahine no te Tiare. The Woman with the Flower, 1891 © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Alte Nationalgalerie
For the special exhibition: Gauguin - Why are you angry? (26 March to 10 July 2022)
Visit the special exhibition with your close family or friends. An art educator will accompany you on your individual tour. In a personal conversation, you will learn details about the exhibited works, the exhibition concept, and the historical background. The offer can be booked individually. Secure your desired date!

Cost: €90, foreign language: €100

Portraits of Gaius Iulius Caesar and Cleopatra VII; Caesar, 1st century BC-1st century AD; Cleopatra, c. 50-38 BC.
Portraits of Gaius Iulius Caesar and Cleopatra VII; Caesar, 1st century BC-1st century AD; Cleopatra, c. 50-38 BC. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius CC NC-BY-SA

Altes Museum
The Altes Museum – Highlights of Greek and Roman Antiquity
Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Altes Museum is one of the most important buildings of Classicism. Starting at the central rotunda with sculptures of deities, the tour leads to highlights of the collection of antiques and the most famous couple of Roman history: Caesar and Cleopatra

Antonio Canova: Dancer, Rome, 1809/12
Antonio Canova: Dancer, Rome, 1809/12 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst / Antje Voigt CC NC-BY-SA

Bode-Museum
Bernini, Canova, Riemenschneider – Masterpieces from Five Centuries
The Bode-Museum has an unrivalled sculpture collection and impressive architecture. The tour presents masterpieces of medieval woodcarving by Riemenschneider, Baroque marble figures by Bernini and Neoclassical sculptures by Canova.

Sandro Botticelli: Portrait of a Lady (Simonetta Vespucci), c. 1475-1480
Sandro Botticelli: Portrait of a Lady (Simonetta Vespucci), c. 1475-1480 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Jörg P. Anders

Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt
A Who’s Who of art history awaits you in one of the world’s most important collections of European painting with artists including Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rubens. The tour offers an entertaining and inspiring overview of the Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings) collection.

David Hockney, Three Trees near Thixendale, Spring, 2008, oil on eight canvases, Würth Collection 12500 © David Hockney / Richard Schmidt
David Hockney, Three Trees near Thixendale, Spring, 2008, oil on eight canvases, Würth Collection 12500 [Translate to english:] © David Hockney / Richard Schmidt

Fascination Landscape
Special exhibition "David Hockney - Landscapes in Dialogue" (9.4.2022 - 10.7.2022)
The monumental work "Four Seasons" by the British artist David Hockney is juxtaposed with landscape depictions by Old Masters. In this way, inspiring insights into landscape painting in the past and today emerge. Hockney's engagement with the art of previous centuries as well as parallels to his great models can be experienced.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language: 100 €

View into the foyer in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
View into the foyer in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin 
From the 1960s Until the Present
The Hamburger Bahnhof shows art from the 1960s until the present in temporary theme-based exhibitions. A tour to the works by Joseph Beuys, Robert Smithson, Hanne Darboven, Candida Höfer and contemporary artists invites you to investigate fundamental developments from the 1960s until the present.
 

 

Large outrigger boat from Luf Island (Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea) in the module "Oceania: Man and the Sea. A Sea of Islands" of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel
Large outrigger boat from Luf Island (Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea) in the module "Oceania: Man and the Sea. A Sea of Islands" of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

Humboldt Forum
The new presentation of the ethnological collection.
The collection areas of West Africa, Oceania and ethnomusicology as well as contemporary art from the societies of origin will be presented. Questions of provenance, restitution and colonial continuities will be addressed.

Duration: 60 Minutes
German  and foreign language: 160 € each
Limited number of participants.
Bookable under +493099 211 8989 (daily 10am to 6pm)
ttps://www.humboldtforum.org/de/kontakt/

Exhibition view of the module "Art and Cult. Sacred Art in China and Japan" of the Museum of Asian Art in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view of the module "Art and Cult. Sacred Art in China and Japan" of the Museum of Asian Art in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

Humboldt Forum
The new presentation of the Museum of Asian Art
Visitors will gain an insight into the new presentation of the outstanding art collections from South, Southeast, East and Central Asia. Questions of provenance and restitution as well as colonial continuities will also be discussed.

Duration: 60 Minutes
German  and foreign language: 160 € each
Limited number of participants.
Bookable under +493099 211 8989 (daily 10am to 6pm)
ttps://www.humboldtforum.org/de/kontakt/

Exhibition view of the module "Sounds of the World. Exploring Organized Sound" of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum  © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view of the module "Sounds of the World. Exploring Organized Sound" of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

Colonial present
Ever since its foundation stone was laid, the Humboldt Forum has been involved in the debate surrounding the subject of colonialism. With the aid of selected objects from the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, visitors explore the issues of provenance, the restitution of cultural property, and the effects of colonialism on our society today.

Duration: 60 Minutes
German  and foreign language: 160 € each
Limited number of participants.
Bookable under +493099 211 8989 (daily 10am to 6pm)
ttps://www.humboldtforum.org/de/kontakt/

James-Simon-Galerie / View towards the main entrance
James-Simon-Galerie / View towards the main entrance © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

James-Simon-Galerie
The Architecture of the James-Simon-Galerie
The new entrance building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, complements the World Heritage site on Museumsinsel (Museum Island). It references neoclassical motifs of the neighbouring museum buildings while setting contemporary accents at the same time. The tour focuses on the significance of the new building within the Museumsinsel ensemble, the history of the new building’s construction and its architectural features.

The merchant Heinrich Schliemann in St. Petersburg, 1860 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
The merchant Heinrich Schliemann in St. Petersburg, 1860 [Translate to english:] © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte

Neues Museum
Special Exhibition: Schliemann’s Worlds (13.05.2022 to 06.11.2022)
Heinrich Schliemann. His life and discoveries
Visit the special exhibition "Schliemann's Worlds" with your family or friends. A museum guide will accompany you on your individual tour. In a personal conversation you will learn details about the exhibited works and objects as well as about historical backgrounds.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

 

Event at Museum Berggruen © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Berggruen / Anika Büssemeier
Event at Museum Berggruen © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Berggruen / Anika Büssemeier

Museum Berggruen
Pioneers of modern art – from Pablo Picasso to Paul Klee
Artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti and Paul Cézanne are known as pioneers of Modern Art. What characterizes their artistic work? The tour shows facets of international Modern Art in painting and sculpture by means of the Sammlung Berggruen (Berggruen Collection). The special exhibition „Picasso & Les Femmes d’Alger“ is visited as part of the tour until 29th August 2021.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €
 

Museumsinsel Berlin © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Hans Christian Krass
Museumsinsel Berlin © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Hans Christian Krass

Museumsinsel
The Museumsinsel / Museum Island – World Heritage in the heart of Berlin
The Museumsinsel located in the heart of Berlin was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The unique ensemble unites five outstanding museum buildings of the 19th and the beginning 20th century. The tour provides an insight into the history of the Museumsinsel and its architecture and leads through highlights of the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum) and the Pergamonmuseum.

Duration: 120 Minutes
Fee: 160 €

Lotte Laserstein, Evening over Potsdam, 1930 Acquired with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and others.  © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Roman März
Lotte Laserstein, Evening over Potsdam, 1930 Acquired with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and others. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Roman März

Neue Nationalgalerie
Society in view
About the Special Exhibition: 
The Art of Society 1900–1945: The Nationalgalerie Collection (22.08.2021 to late 3. quarter 2023)
250 works by high-ranking artists are grouped around historical movements and social themes in the exhibition "The Art of Society". Selected examples explore the developments of modern art from past and present perspectives. Works by Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner or Lotte Laserstein are waiting to be explored by you.
 

Neue Nationalgalerie, 2021 (Sigismundstrasse)  © BBR / Marcus Ebener / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Neue Nationalgalerie, 2021 (Sigismundstrasse) © BBR / Marcus Ebener / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Neue Nationalgalerie
Mies van der Rohe: Museum architecture in a new light
The Neue Nationalgalerie reopens its doors after a six-year renovation phase. What has changed as a result of the renovation? Why? The guided tour will focus on the stories and processes surrounding the renovations.
 

Gerhard Richter, Sindbad, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2010, artist's book, offset print © Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Dietmar Katz / Gerhard Richter 2021 (12102021)
Gerhard Richter, Sindbad, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2010, artist's book, offset print © Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Dietmar Katz / Gerhard Richter 2021 (12102021)

Neue Nationalgalerie
Tour of the special exhibition: Gerhard Richter: Artist’s Books (10.2. to 29.2.2022)
Why does such a successful artist choose to create books? This question is explored during the tour through the exhibition. Gerhard Richter’s first artist’s book was produced as early as 1966 in collaboration with Sigmar Polke. Since then, such books have become essential to understanding his work and self-image as an artist. What motivates Richter to make books? What are his books about? And what artistic techniques does he use?

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

Büste der Nofretete, Ägypten, Tell el-Amarna, Neues Reich, 18. Dynastie, um 1351–1334 v. Chr. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung / Sandra Steiß CC NC-BY-SA
Büste der Nofretete, Ägypten, Tell el-Amarna, Neues Reich, 18. Dynastie, um 1351–1334 v. Chr. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung / Sandra Steiß CC NC-BY-SA

Neues Museum
Fascination for Nefertiti
The Nefertiti Bust is one of the most valuable objects of the Museumsinsel (Museum Island Berlin) and is of world renown. Being more than 3,000 years old, it shows an accomplished beauty: the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. In the tour through the Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum), the bust is discussed with regard to its historical significance and placed in relation with selected objects of the collection.
 

View from the bust of Queen Nefertiti through the rooms "Library of Antiquity", "Boy of Xanten" and "Rome's Provinces" to the room "Roman Gods". © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
View from the bust of Queen Nefertiti through the rooms "Library of Antiquity", "Boy of Xanten" and "Rome's Provinces" to the room "Roman Gods". © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Neues Museum
The Neues Museum by Star Architect David Chipperfield
Since its reopening in 2009, the Neues Museum refurbished by the British star architect David Chipperfield has won numerous prizes. The architecture tour focuses on the special quality of the construction, which combines historical elements with a contemporary design language.

Room "Knabe von Xanten"  © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
Room "Knabe von Xanten" © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Neues Museum
Take five – Highlights of the Neues Museum
The Neues Museum is not only home to two fascinating archaeological collections of prehistory and protohistory and of ancient Egyptian art, it is also itself a cultural monument of the highest calibre. The tour presents five highlights in both the collection and the building’s architecture.
 

The merchant Heinrich Schliemann in St. Petersburg, 1860 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
The merchant Heinrich Schliemann in St. Petersburg, 1860 [Translate to english:] © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte

Neues Museum
Special Exhibition: Schliemann’s Worlds (13.05.2022 to 06.11.2022)
Heinrich Schliemann. His life and discoveries
Visit the special exhibition "Schliemann's Worlds" with your family or friends. A museum guide will accompany you on your individual tour. In a personal conversation you will learn details about the exhibited works and objects as well as about historical backgrounds.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

 

The Market Gate of Miletus, reconstruction with modern additions, Roman, Trajan era, Miletus, ca. 100 AD
The Market Gate of Miletus, reconstruction with modern additions, Roman, Trajan era, Miletus, ca. 100 AD © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Johannes Laurentius; CC NC-BY-SA

Pergamonmuseum
Highlights of the Pergamonmuseum
On the trails of 2,500 years of human history, the tour leads through the Procession Street of ancient Babylon and the Market Gate of the Roman Miletus to the early Islamic Mshatta Facade and ends in the Aleppo Room from the 17th century.

Pergamon. Das Panorama, Visitors on the viewing platform
Pergamon. Das Panorama, Visitors on the viewing platform Pergamon. Das Panorama © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Marcus Glahn

Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama
Time Travel to Pergamon
Discover the Antikensammlung’s (Collection of Classical Antiquities) most important works from Pergamon and view the 360° panorama by artist Yadegar Asisi. Immerse yourself in the ancient city on Asia Minor’s west coast. Accompanied by a cultural guide, you visit the exhibition in a small group and learn about the history of the city of Pergamon in relaxed conversation.
 

Odilon Redon: Hommage à Goya, around 1895 (detail)
Odilon Redon: Hommage à Goya, around 1895 (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Roman März

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
The art of Surrealism
The presentation in the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection focuses on Surrealist art. The tour offers an insight into the pictorial worlds, visions and techniques of artists such as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst or René Magritte and provides references to historical models of surrealist art.

André Thomkins, The Dybbuk, detail, 1960, lacquer skin on paper  © Nachlass Thomkins / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Roman März
André Thomkins, The Dybbuk, detail, 1960, lacquer skin on paper © Nachlass Thomkins / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Roman März

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
Zur Sonderausstellung: Kopfarbeit – Handarbeit, Tag und Nacht  André Thomkins (1930–1985)
(18.03.2022 to 24.07.2022)
The work of the Swiss painter, illustrator and poet is tied to the ideas of Surrealism. A tour through the exhibition provides insights into the artist’s oeuvre, which is marked by playfulness, humour and technical inventiveness.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

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Phone: +49 30 266422261
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Museum services

The use of multimedia guides is included in the ticket price. If you need a larger number of multimedia guides, please let us know.
Multimedia guides are available for almost all museums in German and English. Other languages are available in many museums. For more information please see here

Site
James-Simon-Galerie
Bodestraße, 10178 Berlin

Visitor Services
David Chipperfield Architects created the building, which covers some 10,900 square metres. It offers visitors a central service area with information counters, group counters and ticket counters as well as individual and group cloakrooms, a café / restaurant, the largest museum shop of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, an auditorium and a special exhibition area.

Entry to the Neues Museum and the Pergamonmuseum
As of 13 July 2019 and until the completion of phase A of the restoration and refurbishment of the Pergamonmuseum, the James-Simon-Galerie constitutes the sole entry to the Pergamonmuseum (via the stairs and the upper foyer).

Website James-Simon-Galerie

There are cafés and restaurants at many of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin’s museums. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact the respective café operators. You can find their telephone numbers on the homepages of each museum.

For security reasons, larger bags and backpacks may not be taken into the exhibitions. Free cloakrooms and lockers are available at all museums. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accommodate luggage or travel baggage.

Please allow enough time for the cloakroom so that you can be at your meeting point (admissions desk/information) at the appointed time.  

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin hire out rooms and lecture halls for special events to external parties too. All details are taken care of by the event company Museum&Location.

Managing director: H.-G. Jan Oelmann/Katrin Hansch
Potsdamer Strasse 58, 10785 Berlin, Germany
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