Permanent Exhibition


Compact history

A new permanent exhibition gives visitors a compact, easy-to-understand picture of the city from the Ice Age to the present.

Spread over two floors of the Märkisches MuseumBerlinZEIT presents the city's most formative moments: This fully dual-lingual exhibition offers entertainment, inspiration and orientation for new and old Berliners alike, and for anyone who'd like to become one!

Understanding Berlin – in just one hour

Exceptional items, multimedia offerings and hands-on stations guide visitors through the historical moments that have shaped the city up until the present day – all in just one hour. This experience makes it clear that the only thing that stays the same in Berlin is change. Berlin's history is told as the history of the people who live here. Even people who wouldn't usually be seen as key historical figures have their say.

The exhibition is accompanied by a lively audio guide where the city itself talks to visitors. The Berliner rapper Romano also shares his very special view of Berlin's history. 

Berlin based rapper Romano checking out the "Sound of Berlin" © Stadtmuseum Berlin | Foto: Michael Setzpfandt

A place to rest and reflect

On the second floor, visitors will find space to rest and reflect. The exhibition's [Test]Spaces offer  an opportunity to discover new sides of the museum. The original exhibition spaces from the museum's founding days in 1908 have been carefully integrated into BerlinZEIT.

The mechanical musical instruments from the previous permanent exhibition will also still be on view. As a new feature, there is a jukebox that invites visitors to discover the sound of the city – from 1948 to the present, and from Schlager hits to rap.

Glimpses into the collection

More than ever before, visitors will have the opportunity to get glimpses into Stadtmuseum Berlin's collections. There is an alternating object of the month series as well as a Photo-Graphic Cabinet that displays graphics and photographs on various themes. The first featured artist is Heinrich Zille.

As an exhibition publication, "DAMALS Galerie: Berlin – Tragik und Glanz einer Metropole" is available  for 9.90 euros in the Märkisches Museum shop (German language edition only).

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Märkisches Museum

Opening times

10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Please note our revised opening times during holidays.


Adults: €7.00 / Concessions: €4.00 (incl. audio guide in English)
Free admission under 18 years & every first Wednesday of a month

Courtyard Café

currently closed

Disability and access

Details at Mobidat (in German).


Am Köllnischen Park 5



Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm

+49 30 24002 162
The Sound of Berlin

Music from and about Berlin 1948 | 2018