Currently open are selected venues on the Museumsinsel Berlin and at the Kulturforum, as well as the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. More information and online tickets

Current Information for Visitors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following museum buildings of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are currently open:

Museumsinsel Berlin

Kulturforum

Further Locations

Preparations are currently being made for further openings. Please note that due to the temporary nature of the closure, details of exhibition running times, events and opening hours of the museums still closed will not be adjusted individually on the website.

Information

Visitors must book a time-slot ticket online, at: www.smb.museum/tickets.

Rules on Obligatory Tests and Face Masks

In accordance with the regulations announced by the Berlin Senate, all visitors to the museums must present a negative COVID-19 test result from a point-of-care antigen (PoC) rapid test (so-called Corona rapid test) or a negative PCR test result that is no more than 24 hours old. Self-tests are not acceptable for this purpose. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and whose second shot was more than 15 days ago do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Information on test centres can be found at: www.test-to-go.berlin.

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 may wear a surgical-style mask instead.

Online Tickets

Until further notice, visits to the above-mentioned museums are only possible with a time slot ticket which can only be booked online: www.smb.museum/tickets. As only a very small number of visitors is currently allowed in the museums, the tickets are quickly booked up.

Only single tickets will be sold. The sale of location tickets and the Museumscard has been be suspended. Until further notice, the Berlin Welcome Card from visitBerlin will not be accepted for entry to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Children 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 the corresponding ID upon admission without being asked.

Should the museums be forced to close again at short notice, all tickets will be automatically refunded.

Annual Tickets

All annual tickets that have been affected by the closure of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (3 November 2020 to 15 March 2021) will be extended to make up for the closure of the museums. The extension is automatic, there is no need to get a new ticket.

The extended annual tickets can be used from 16 March 2021 at the reopened museums. Currently, all visitors must book a time-slot to visit the museums, which must be booked online: tickets online. For annual ticket holders, booking a time-slot is free.

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

Number of visitors

In accordance with the current pandemic-related regulations enforced by the State of Berlin, visitors numbers are to be kept to a maximum of 1 visitor per 40 square metres for all spaces within the museum, to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be observed, meaning the maximum capacity of the individual museums has been heavily reduced.

Health and Safety Measures

All visitors must present a negative COVID-19 test result. For more information on valid forms of proof, exemptions, and on the rules around wearing an FFP2 face mask, see Information.

All employees are required to wear a surgical-style mask.

In order to protect visitors and to ensure rapid contact-tracing, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is obliged to document the presence of visitors in the museums. Contact details are therefore recorded upon entry. 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 will be collected exclusively for the purposes of the health authorities’ contract-tracing efforts, and will be automatically deleted after four weeks. There is an alternative system for visitors who do not have a smartphone.

For the time being no events will take place at the museums. Tour bookings and group registrations cannot be accepted until further notice.

Shops & Cafés

The shops in the museums are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. Cafés and other catering services in the above-mentioned museums will remain closed until further notice.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Online Features

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

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 and study rooms of the Kunstbibliothek, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Archäologische Bibliothek as well as the Zentralarchiv will be closed until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience.