21.06.2021 All of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues are taking part in “Museum Sunday” in Berlin with free admission. Starting on 4 July 2021, numerous museums throughout the city offer free admission and diverse programmes on the first Sunday of every month. Museum Sunday is an initiative of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa in cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin (LMB). It intends to make it possible for every Berliner to visit their city’s museums – because the price of admission will no longer be an obstacle. The goal is to encourage cultural inclusion and to make cultural institutions available to everyone in society.
All of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venues are taking part in “Museum Sunday” in Berlin with free admission. Starting on 4 July 2021, numerous museums throughout the city offer free admission and diverse programmes on the first Sunday of every month. Museum Sunday is an initiative of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa in cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin (LMB). It intends to make it possible for every Berliner to visit their city’s museums – because the price of admission will no longer be an obstacle. The goal is to encourage cultural inclusion and to make cultural institutions available to everyone in society.
To attract more visitors, Berlin museums are increasingly attempting to appeal to a broader urban population. Museum Sunday hopes to reach target groups better in the future, including families and younger visitors, such as students. By offering low-threshold services, an improved visit quality and a form of welcome culture, the institutions hope to win over non-visitors and play an active role in shaping social participation. With some 60 institutions involved, the free Museum Sunday covers the full spectrum of Berlin’s museum landscape. It includes a rich range of topics on culture, art, design, religion, history, nature, everyday culture and technology.
“The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are delighted to welcome families, children of all age groups, teenagers and adults to Museum Sunday”, says Heike Kropff, head of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Department of Education / Communication. “Our visitors can look forward to free admission as well as an extensive programme at 18 museums. Under the motto “Kurz und knackig” (Short and Sweet), we have developed formats suited to the pandemic, offering succinct information on the collections that invite viewers to look more closely at the works and encourage dialogues with art educators and guides. The involvement of nearly all the Berlin museums is a major step in moving closer to our joint goal of making the cultural life of the city accessible to as many citizens as possible.”
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin participating venues include: the Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Bode-Museum, Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (Friedrichswerder Church), Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Haus Bastian, James-Simon-Galerie, Kunstbibliothek (Art Library), Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Museum Berggruen, Museum Europäischer Kulture (MEK, Museum of European Cultures), Museum für Fotografie (Museum of Photography), Neue Nationalgalerie (as of 22 August 2021), Neues Museum, Pergamonmuseum, Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and Schloss Köpenick (Köpenick Palace).
Other participating institutions include: the Anne Frank Zentrum; Berlinische Galerie; Bröhan-Museum; Brücke-Museum; Deutsches Historisches Museum; Deutsche Kinemathek; Deutsches Technikmuseum; Domäne Dahlem; FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum; Georg Kolbe Museum; Gotisches Haus; Haus am Waldsee; Heimatmuseum Zehlendorf; Jugend Museum; Jüdisches Museum Berlin; Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum; Kunsthaus Dahlem; KW Institute for Contemporary Art; Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf at the Villa Oppenheim; Museum für Kommunikation Berlin; Museum Köpenick; Museum; Museum Lichtenberg im Stadthaus; Museum für Naturkunde; Museum Neukölln; Museum Pankow; Museum Reinickendorf; Museum Treptow; Musikinstrumenten-Museum; Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum; PalaisPopulaire; Schöneberg Museum; Science Center Spectrum; Schwules Museum; Stadtmuseum Berlin (Märkisches Museum, Museum Nikolaikirche, Museum Ephraim-Palais, Museum Knoblauchhaus, Museumsdorf Düppel); Steglitz Museum; Tempelhof Museum; Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge; Zitadelle Spandau.
Museum Sunday is a model project. A broad-based research study on visitors conducted in parallel will provide insights on the impact of the Sundays with free admission. It will be carried out by the Institut für Kulturelle Teilhabeforschung (IKTf), an institute studying cultural participation that is part of the Stiftung für Kulturelle Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung, a Berlin foundation.
More detailed information on participating institutions and the complete programme are available on the website: www.museumssonntag.berlin
On the website, visitors can book time slots (if required) and register for programmes free of charge. The Museumsdienst Berlin implemented this central guest management system in cooperation with visitBerlin. In addition, the Museumsdienst has a hotline to advise visitors about Berlin cultural projects and their programmes and offers assistance organising museum visits: +49 (0)30 247 49 878.