Visitor in the Gemäldegalerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Fabian Fröhlich
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin network had to close its doors. During the last months, most the museums and institutions have been reopened to a restricted number of visitors. From Monday, 2 November 2020, all museums will again be closed to the public temporarily due to the decision of the Berlin Senate.
The following museums are open up to and including Sunday, 1 November 2020:
Please check the pages of the venues you would like to visit, as some of the opening hours have changed.
Visits to the currently opened museums are only possible with a time-slot ticket. Please note that due to a technical problem of our payment service provider, paid purchases are currently not possible. Time-slot tickets can be purchased at the museum ticket offices on site or from our partner visitBerlin.
Holders of annual membership passes, as well as press, ICOM or DMB passes; children and young people under 18; members of Friends or Supporter Associations of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and persons accompanying severely disabled people are requested to book a gratis time-slot online or at the ticket counter and to present corresponding ID upon admission without being asked.
Visitors (age 6 and older) and all staff are obliged to wear a mouth and nose covering and to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. Plexiglas partitions protect all ticket, information and audio guide counters. For the time being no events will take place at the museums. Tour bookings and groups registrations cannot be accepted until further notice.
Visitors must follow a designated course through all exhibition spaces and should avoid forming groups inside the buildings. Signs in front of and inside the museums as well as social distance markers in the operational areas provide information about the health and safety measures to be observed. Visitors purchasing tickets on site and/or items in a museum shop are requested to use non-cash payment methods.
The exhibition PERGAMON: Masterpieces from the Ancient Metropolis, with its 360°panorama by Yadegar Asisi, can now be visited with an individual ticket specifically for entrance to this special exhibition venue: 12 euros, reduced 6 euros.
All annual tickets that have been affected by the closure of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (14 March to 11 May 2020) will be extended by two months. The extension is automatic, there is no need to get a new ticket. The extended tickets can be used from 15 May 2020 in the museums that have reopened. Currently, all visitors must book a time-slot to visit the museums. For annual ticket holders, booking a time-slot is free. In order to avoid queues at the ticket desks, we recommend that visitors purchase tickets online.
For enquiries about your annual tickets, please contact: jahreskarte[at]smb.museum.
For an overview of all the online offers of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin with links to databases, the blog, social media channels, and to a collaborative project with Google Arts & Culture, see: www.smb.museum/online-offers.
The reading and study rooms of the Kunstbibliothek and the Archäologische Bibliothek are open for use. Users must reserve a time slot in advance. There are three slots between 9 am and 8 pm. Please select a time slot when you make a booking. You will then receive a confirmation email. As in all publicly accessible institutions of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin that have already reopened to the public, visitors must wear a mask at all times.
Reading Room in the Kunstbibliothek at the Kulturforum: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm
To reserve a slot, please contact: auskunft.kb[at]smb.spk-berlin.de
Study Room in the Kunstbibliothek at the Kulturforum: Monday from 2 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
To reserve a slot, please contact: kb[at]smb.spk-berlin.de
Tuesday to Friday:
Reading Room in the Archäologische Bibliothek at the Archäologisches Zentrum: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm
To reserve a slot, please contact: auskunft.ab[at]smb.spk-berlin.de.
Please note that during the third time slot, from 5 pm ‒ 8 pm, the use of open access holdings is the library’s only available service. Ordering literature from the stacks, for instance, or the issuing of user IDs only takes place during regular library hours from 9 am ‒ 4:30 pm.