Bookable tours for groups

With immediate effect, the National Museums in Berlin are once again offering bookable guided tours for groups through 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.

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

Information and booking
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bildung, Vermittlung, Besucherdienste
Fon +49 (0)30 266 42 42 42 (Mo – Fri, 9 am – 4 pm)
or send us an email (Contact form | booking).

Group tours pose particular challenges in this regard. In order to ensure that visitors can maintain the appropriate distance within the various spaces of the museums, every single tour has to be carefully planned, taking into consideration the size of the rooms being visited and predetermining the exact timing of the various stages of the tour.

At the moment, we are not able to allow external tour guides to run independent tours in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, since that would require a complex and detailed pre-approval process in order to ensure that these tours could also take place while maintaining all the necessary health and safety requirements. At the same time, we are doing our utmost to ensure access to our museums for groups in some form, and are currently working out the first tours of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin on a case-by-case basis.

 

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

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.
 

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.

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 – Meisterwerke aus fünf Jahrhunderten
Das Bode-Museum verfügt über eine einzigartige Skulpturensammlung und eine eindrucksvolle Architektur. In dem Rundgang werden Meisterwerke mittelalterlicher Schnitzkunst von Riemenschneider, barocke Marmorfiguren von Bernini und klassizistische Skulpturen von Canova vorgestellt.

Konrad Witz, The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon, Basel, c. 1435-1440
Konrad Witz, The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon, Basel, c. 1435-1440 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Jörg P. Anders

Gemäldegalerie
Tour: Late Gothic. The Birth of Modernity
For the first time, this special exhibition brings together central works from the Late Gothic era from the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, complementing them with outstanding loans. The display reveals the aesthetic and thematic connections between works from different genres, and provides visitors with the chance to experience the full breadth of Late Gothic art. Alongside artistic and thematic connections, the tour will also highlight some of the media innovations of the 15th century.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €
 

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

Gemäldegalerie
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.

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

The new presentation of the Ethnologisches Museum
The collections from West Africa and Oceania and from the field of ethnomusicology are presented along with contemporary art from the societies of origin. Associated issues concerning provenance, restitution, and colonial continuities are discussed.

Duration: 60 minutes
German and foreign languages: €160.00 each
Limited number of participants.
Phone booking: +493099 211 8989 (daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
https://www.humboldtforum.org/en/contact-us/

 

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

The new presentation of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Visitors get a look at the new presentation of the outstanding art collections from South, East and Central Asia. Questions of provenance and restitution as well as colonial continuities are also discussed.


Duration: 60 minutes
German and foreign languages: €160.00 each
Limited number of participants.
Phone booking: +493099 211 8989 (daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) https://www.humboldtforum.org/en/contact-us/

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.
 

In the Museum Berggruen
In the 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 €
 

Stair hall with historical plaster casts
Stair hall with historical plaster casts © 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.
 

Nefertiti Bust, Egypt, Tell el-Amarna, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1351–1334 BC, donated by James Simon
Nefertiti Bust, Egypt, Tell el-Amarna, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1351–1334 BC, donated by James Simon © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung / Sandra Steiß

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.
 

Room "Knabe von Xanten"
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 Neue Nationalgalerie regains its former splendour.
The Neue Nationalgalerie regains its former splendour. © BBR / Thomas Bruns

Neue Nationalgalerie
Mies van der Rohe: Museum architecture in a new light
About the Special Exhibition: 
Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now (22.08.2021 to 16.01.2022)
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.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Potsdamer Platz, 1914
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Potsdamer Platz, 1914 | Acquired with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Kultur-Stiftung der Deutschen Bank and others © Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

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.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

Alexander Calder. Minimal / Maximal Calder in his studio in Roxbury, 1941 © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Calder. Minimal / Maximal Calder in his studio in Roxbury, 1941 © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Neue Nationalgalerie
The Mobiles of Alexander Calder 
Tour of the special exhibition: Alexander Calder. Minimal / Maximal
(22.08.2021 to 13.02.2022)
Planes, lines and colours are classical elements in art. But what happens when the fourth dimension – time – is added? Alexander Calder experimented with mobiles. His works hover freely and in perfect balance in the Neue Nationalgalerie’s glass hall, where material, light and space enter into dialogue.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €

View of the reconstructed Market Gate of Miletus
View of the reconstructed Market Gate of Miletus © 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.

 

View of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamonmuseum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
View of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamonmuseum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

Pergamonmuseum
Focus on the Ishtar Gate
About the Special Exhibition: From Fragment to Monument: The Ishtar Gate in Berlin (Until 3rd September 2021)

A special exhibition examines the origins of the Ishtar Gate, from its excavation in Babylon (Iraq) to its visionary reconstruction in Berlin. Learn more about the history of the Ishtar Gate through the exhibits and in conversation with a cultural guide, including how parts of it came to be brought to Berlin and how museum personnel were able to reconstruct the spectacular edifice at the Pergamonmuseum.

Cost: 90 €, foreign language 100 €
 

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.

 

Panorama of the Museumsinsel Berlin
Panorama of the Museumsinsel Berlin

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 €