Current Information for Visitors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In accordance with the State of Berlin’s SARS-Cov-2 (coronavirus) Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, the 2G regulation will be in effect for visits to Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues from 15 November 2021. Visitors will only be allowed to enter the museums upon presentation of a digitally readable vaccination or recovery certificate (on a smart phone or as a printout). Please show your certificate together with a valid photo ID at the entrance control on site.

Events must comply with the 2G Plus Rule as of 15 January 2022.

Visitors from non-EU countries will be admitted without digitally verifiable proof of vaccination if they can prove that they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved in the EU.

Visits are only permitted with a FFP2 face mask and a time-slot ticket purchased online: www.smb.museum/tickets.

Currently all Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues are open to the public.

Health and Safety Measures

The 2G regulation is in effect for visits to Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues from 15 November. This means that visitors will only be allowed to enter the museums upon presentation of a digitally readable vaccination or recovery certificate. Please show your certificate together with a valid photo ID at the entrance control on site.

The 2G regulation does not apply to individuals under 18 years of age, who may also present an officially recognised negative coronavirus test result applicable for the time of the visit. This exception also applies to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. These individuals must present an officially recognised negative test result applicable for the time of the visit as well a medical certificate stating the contraindication for the coronavirus vaccination. Instead of a test certificate, a pupil ID card is sufficient for pupils outside the holiday period, as they are regularly tested as part of their school attendance. During the holidays regular testing as a pupil cannot be proven by presenting a pupil ID. Therefore the same regulations apply for pupils as for all other persons. Children up to 6 years of age are not subject to compulsory testing.

Visitors aged 14 years and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the museums and to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Children from the age of 6 until the age of 14 are required to wear a medical or FFP2 mask.

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

2G Plus for events as of 15 January 2022

Events in the indoor spaces of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin must comply with the 2G Plus rule from 15 January 2022. In addition to the 2G condition (fully vaccinated or recovered), participation is only possible with a daily negative test result or with proof of a booster vaccination. Children under 14 years of age are excluded.

Participants in public tours, workshops and other events as well as in booked group tours please present the digitally readable EU certificate of a booster vaccination or a valid negative test (rapid test max. 24 hours old, PCR test max. 48 hours) at the museum ticket office.

To plan your visit, please refer to the information bundled on this page and the instructions sent to you with the booking confirmation. Different regulations may apply for individual events.

Documentation of Attendance for Special Events and Tours

In order to protect visitors and to ensure rapid contact-tracing, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin documents all participants attending special events and tours. Contact details of the participants are recorded.

At the start of the tour / special event you will receive a contact form to fill in with your data. Personal information is collected exclusively for the purposes of the health authorities’ contract-tracing efforts, and is automatically deleted after two weeks.

There is also the option of registering by scanning a QR code via the Corona Warning app. In this case, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin do not receive or store any personal data.

Online Tickets and Time-Slot Tickets

Museum visits require a time-slot ticket which should be purchased online in advance: www.smb.museum/tickets.

Tickets may only be purchased up to three 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.

Limited Number of Visitors

Maximum capacity at the museums is currently greatly reduced to control admissions and to ensure that distancing regulations are met.

Shops and Cafés

The shops in our museums are open Tuesday ‒ Sunday, 12 ‒ 6 pm. You can also order current publications and many other products about our exhibitions and collections through our webshop.

Exceptions:

  • Altes Museum (Friday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm)
  • Alte Nationalgalerie (Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm)
  • Hamburger Bahnhof (Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm)
  • James-Simon-Galerie (Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm)
  • Museum Berggruen (Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm, Saturday + Sunday, 12 – 6 pm)
  • Neue Nationalgalerie (Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6pm, from December 2021: Thursday 10 am – 8pm)
  • Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday + Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm)

The cafés and restaurants at Altes Museum, Bode-Museum, the James-Simon-Galerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Neues Museum, and Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama and Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg are open during their regular business hours. The café at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK) is open on Sundays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5 pm. All other cafés, bars and restaurants in the museums remain closed until further notice.

Sales Room of the Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop)

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

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

Access to the reading and study rooms is only possible under the 2G rule, i.e. with proof of full vaccination or recovery. Visitors are required to wear a FFP2 face mask.

The reading room in the Kunstbibliothek is accessible from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. 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 12 to 6 pm on Mondays and from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday. 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. 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 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday. 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. Visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: za[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Online Offers

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