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Free Activities and Events for Refugees Now Available with Reservations

With a wide range of educational offers, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin invites refugees from Ukraine to get to know its collections and museums. Exhibition talks guide adults to collection highlights. Children and families can explore the museums in workshops.

These free activities are communicated directly to charities, aid organisations and volunteer initiatives. The activities will be accompanied by Ukrainian speakers whenever possible, and can be reserved by telephone or email: +49 (0)30 266 42 42; service[at]smb.museum.


Welcome! Offers for refugees from Ukraine | translation in Ukrainian language (PDF 310 KB)

 

WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES

The workshops with a maximum of 20 participants (five families) are free. When reserving, please indicate whether you need a translator or interpreter or whether one will accompany you.

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Leo Leowald
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Leo Leowald

Museumsinsel Berlin

From Yesterday and the Day after Tomorrow: The History of the Museuminsel
Directly across from Haus Bastian stretches the panorama of Berlin’s Museumsinsel (Museum Island). When and how did this special place emerge? What stories do its buildings and their architecture have to tell? What might the Museumsinsel look like in a few years? You’ll discover the Museumsinsel Berlin from unusual perspectives and explore its varied history. Using drawing techniques, you’ll become familiar with views and details of the buildings and artworks. At Haus Bastian, the sketches are supplemented with commentaries, architectural forms, and self-researched information reassembled into a collaborative panorama.

Duration: 180 minutes

 

Veranstaltung im Bode-Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bode-Museum / Lia Darjes
Veranstaltung im Bode-Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bode-Museum / Lia Darjes

Museumsinsel Berlin, Bode-Museum

Give Me a New Look: A Fashion Update for Ancient Heroes and Heroines
Venus, Hermes and Hercules need a new style. How were ancient gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines portrayed more than a thousand years after their mythological existence? How would they look today, another thousand years later? Tailor fashionable clothes for the deities and provide them with new accessories.

Duration: 120 minutes

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Leo Leowald
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Leo Leowald

Museumsinsel Berlin, Haus Bastian – Zentrum für kulturelle Bildung

Well-Formed: Considering Containers

About 15,000 years ago, people made the first pots, jars and containers out of clay: small, large, narrow or bulbous. Many of the shapes designed in the past are still in use today. At Haus Bastian, you’ll shape containers from different materials and learn techniques for making bowls, cups and vases. Containers in the collections on the Museumsinsel serve as inspiration.

Duration: 180 minutes

 

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

Kulturforum, Gemäldegalerie

A Matter of Opinion
How does nature change throughout the seasons? In the special exhibition David Hockney – Landscapes in Dialogue, you’ll explore the artist’s Four Seasons and landscapes by the Old Masters. Spring, summer, autumn and winter – which details catch your eye? You’ll sketch sections of the paintings in the exhibition that you’ll then project onto the wall, superimposing them to create new compositions.

Duration: 120 minutes

 

TOURS FOR ADULTS

The tours with a maximum of 10 participants are free and last 90 minutes.
When making reservatons, please indicate whether you need a translator or interpreter or whether one will accompany you.

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

Museumsinsel Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie

19th-Century Masterpieces
The Alte Nationalgalerie shows masterpieces from the 19th century by painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel and Claude Monet. The tour includes works from the Neoclassical, German Romantic and Modernist periods.

Museumsinsel Berlin, Pergamonmuseum

Highlights from the Pergamonmuseum
Retracing 2,500 years of human history, the tour leads through the Processional Street of ancient Babylon to the Market Gate of Miletus from Roman times and ends in the 17th century Aleppo Room. These structures, symbols, forms and colours still move us today.


 

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

Museumsinsel Berlin, Neues Museum

The Rich Diversity of Ancient Egypt
The tour introduces the holdings of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection). A sarcophagus weighing several tons, feather-light papyrus and finely crafted reliefs encourage you to take a closer look. Selected highlights, including elaborate burial objects, cult chambers and the famous Bust of Nefertiti, bring ancient Egyptian history to life.


 

Event at the Pergamonmuseum
Event at the Pergamonmuseum Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Reinhard Görner

Museumsinsel Berlin, Pergamonmuseum

Highlights from the Pergamonmuseum
Retracing 2,500 years of human history, the tour leads through the Processional Street of ancient Babylon to the Market Gate of Miletus from Roman times and ends in the 17th century Aleppo Room. These structures, symbols, forms and colours still move us today.


 

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

Kulturforum, Gemäldegalerie

Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt
In one of the world’s most important collections of European painting, a “Who’s Who” of art history awaits you – with artists including Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rubens. The tour offers an entertaining and inspiring overview of the Gemäldegalerie collection.


 

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

Kulturforum, Neue Nationalgalerie

Looking at Society
The Art of Society exhibition presents 250 works by renowned artists grouped according to historical movements and social themes. Selected examples serve to explore the developments of Modern Art from past and present perspectives. Works by Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Lotte Laserstein await your discovery.

 

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

From the 1960s to the Present
Hamburger Bahnhof shows art created from the 1960s to the present in changing thematic exhibitions. The tour introduces different approaches used within contemporary art and looks at fundamental developments from the 1960s to the present day.

 


Admission regulation
As with other recipients of transfer payments, refugees from Ukraine and other countries also receive free admission to the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. A simplified verification procedure applies. It is sufficient to present a passport or identity card. The regulation is valid from now until further notice.

Corona Protection Measures
The measures currently in force can be found at:
Current Information for Visitors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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