The majority of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues are reopened to the public. More information

Current Information for Visitors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The majority of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues are reopened to the public. Visits are only permitted with an FFP2 face mask and a time-slot ticket purchased online in advance: www.smb.museum/tickets.

For the time being at least, visitors are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the museum. Please note the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

The following museums are open:

Museumsinsel Berlin

Kulturforum

Further Locations

Please note that due to the temporary nature of the closure, details of exhibition running times of the museums still closed will not be adjusted individually on the website.

Opening Hours of the Reopened Museums

Please refer to the information on the web pages Opening Hours and Special Opening Hours on Holidays.

Health and Safety Measures

For the time being at least, visitors are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the museum.

Visitors aged 14 years and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the museums. Children between 6 and 14 years of age are required to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask.

All staff members are required to wear a medical face mask.

Online Tickets and Time-Slot Tickets

Museum visits require a time-slot ticket which can only be purchased online: www.smb.museum/tickets.

From Tuesday 8 June 2021, remaining tickets can also be purchased on-site, from the ticket desks at the museums.

 

Only single tickets are sold. Sales of location tickets, the Berlin Welcome Card and the Museumscard are currently suspended. Tickets may only be purchased up to three business days in advance.

Children and young adults under 18; persons accompanying people with severe disabilities; holders of annual tickets, press, ICOM or DMB cards; and members of groups that support the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are requested to book a free time-slot online and to present corresponding ID upon admission without being asked.

Annual Tickets

All annual tickets that have been affected by the closures of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will be extended to make up for the closure (currently from 24 April 2021) of the museums. The extension is automatic, there is no need to get a new ticket.

The extended annual tickets can be used after the end of the closure at the reopened museums again.

For enquiries about your annual tickets, please contact: jahreskarte[at]smb.museum.

Documentation of Presence

In order to protect visitors and to ensure rapid contact-tracing, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is obliged to document all visits to the museums. Contact details are recorded at the entrances.

To this end, a sign has been placed at every entrance featuring a QR code and brief, explanatory text. Visitors scan the code, which opens up a contact form on their smartphone. Their personal information is collected exclusively for the purposes of the health authorities’ contract-tracing efforts, and is automatically deleted after four weeks.

There is an alternative system for visitors who do not carry a smartphone.

Limited Number of Visitors

A cap on the maximum number of visitors allowed in each exhibition or other spaces within the museums has been set to control admissions and to ensure that distancing regulations are met. Maximum capacity at the museums is currently greatly reduced.

Shops & Cafés

The shops of the reopened museums are open Tuesday ‒ Sunday, 12 ‒ 6 pm.

The outdoor dining areas at the James-Simon-Galerie, the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg are now open, as well as the indoor and outdoor dining areas at Museum Europäischer Kulturen as well as Schloss Köpenick. All other cafés, bars and restaurants in the museums remain closed until further notice.

You can also order current publications and many other products about our exhibitions and collections in our webshop.

Events

For the time being, no events are taking place at the museums. Tour bookings and group registrations cannot be accepted until further notice. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are currently working to offer visitors even more services within the bounds of the regulations that are currently in force.  

Sales Room of the Gipsformerei

The sales room is currently closed. Please use the online catalogue of the Gipsformerei for inquiries and orders.

Reading and Study Rooms in the Kunstbibliothek, the Kupferstichkabinett, the Archäologische Bibliothek and the Zentralarchiv

The reading room in the Kunstbibliothek is accessible from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. A negative test result is not required, however visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: auskunft.kb[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

The study room of the Kunstbibliothek is accessible from 2 to 8 pm on Mondays and from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday. A negative test result is not required, however visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: kb[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

The reading room of the Archäologische Bibliothek in the Archäologisches Zentrum is accessible from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. A negative test result is not required, however visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: auskunft.ab[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

The study room of the Kupferstichkabinett is accessible from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday. A negative test result is not required, however visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: kk[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

The reading room in the Zentralarchiv of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin is accessible from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. A negative test result is not required, however visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: za[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Digital Highlights

For an overview of all the online offers of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, see: www.smb.museum/online-offers.