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There is no particular connection between the Ramones and Berlin, so no apparent reason for there to be a museum dedicated to them here, and no particular reason maybe to visit it, unless you are either a big fan of the band or of quirky museums founded on the passion of an individual. We rather like the latter, and Chris in particular likes the band, though neither of us would describe ourselves as massive fans. Moreover, we had visited CBGBs a few years ago in New York, the club where they rose to fame (now a vintage clothes shop) so as we were in the Scheunenviertal one afternoon we thought we would check this out.
The museum started quite simply as a fan’s collection of mementos, the sort we all might keep: the ticket stub, poster and shirt from his first ever Ramones concert in 1990. As his passion for the band grew so did his collection, gradually taking over every available space in his apartment. Unsurprisingly at this point, his girlfriend issued an ultimatum, on the lines of “the Ramones stuff goes or I do”. And so the collection was moved out of the apartment and into a separate space, and that space opened for other fans of the band, and of music in general, to visit and appreciate.
Today’s museum, located in a café (Café Mania), is actually the second, as the rent on the original became too high. It has been here since 2007 and I imagine is a place of pilgrimage for fellow fans, although when we were there (a warm Sunday afternoon) it was pretty quiet. Even if you don’t want to pay the €3.50 admission (we didn’t bother) you can still a number of the items on display in the café itself, including photos and posters. In the museum itself are numerous photos, some of them signed, a large number of Ramones t-shirts spanning the years 1975-1996, instruments (including drumsticks signed by Marky Ramone), signed albums etc etc.
The museum also stages occasional concerts – check out the website for details. A wall of the café (photo 2) has been signed by numerous visiting musicians over the years, some of whom you are likely to have heard of (Biffy Clyro, Wildhearts) and many of whom you won’t – this is not a major venue!
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Gaba Gaba Hey the Ramones Museum
Wandering through Berlin this March, heading for the usual sites, i came across this museum and just had to visit.
A museum dedicated to the Ramones , full of memorabilia and Ramones stuff. Take a coffee and enjoy the guest book. Only cost a couple of euro to enter.
Krausnickerstr 23 Berlin-Mitte area
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German Air Force Museum
The Luftwaffen Museum is one of the best aviation museums I have ever visited. The collection is located on the former RAF Station at Gatow-Berlin. As well as the outside exhibits the rest of the collection is located in 2 hangers and the control tower. The total exhibition covers so much area that unusually you are allow to cycle or roller skate to the different areas. There are 100 aircraft on display outside as well as rockets and their ancillary equipment. There are aircraft from different countries such the Tornado from the UK, F4 Phantoms and the F104 Starfighter from the USA and numerous Mig types from the former USSR. The museum also covers the history of military aviation in Germany and has a Messerschmitt Bf 109, an 88 mm gun and a 3 wheel rota enigma machine. If you like military history this museum is a must visit place. The final plus is its also free to enter including the guide.
To get to the base by public transport I went Spandau Railway Station. I then caught the # 135 bus in the direction of Alt-Kladow. It is about a 20 minutes ride and you go out into the countryside. The road is fairly straight for some distance and when it turn off to the left look out for Seekorso/Luftwaffenmuseum bus stop. It is about a 15 minute walk and it is well signposted.
east germany museum (DDR)
this is by the river /canal and a bit of a walk from the nearest underground station (or maybe thats just because we got lost). personally , i was really looking forward to the visit - but ended up very dissapointed as - to me- it wasn´t that interesting
i went here with some spanish friends from the school i was studying at and we all found it really boring!
was a bit confused about what to do with the head phones they supply you with at certain parts of the museum. aparently they are supposed to work when you walk past certain items or boards - but they didn´t
this museum actually left me to come away with an entirely different opinion of the religion and its people than i had before - which makes me sad - as i don´t think this was the reason it was built!
Tucked away quietly in a little square just off Normannenstrasse (nearest station: Magdalenstrasse) is an unimpressive set of office blocks. It hosts the Research Centre and Memorial Site for East Germany's former Ministry for State Security (MfS), better known as the Stasi.
The MfS was conceived as the "Sword and Shield" of the ruling Socialist Unity Party. It was a secret police, intelligence agency and investigative body rolled into one. Now Building 1 is open to the public.
Rooms have been left in their original condition. Oak panelling and comfortable chairs and sofas from the 1960s and 1970s lend the offices an air of smartness without extravagance. The solid square TV in the drivers' and bodyguards' lounge could have been a stalwart of any taxi driver's office or any takeaway. The telex machines and typewriters in the secretarial offices are basic, partly for security reasons.
Between the ground and first floors is a special exhibition "Surveillance - Repression - Espionage". Before entering the rooms, the visitor passes a row of small jars. At first glance they seem to contain preserved fruits or vegetables, but in fact the contents are cloths. The Stasi would use a sterile cloth to wipe something touched recently by a "suspect", such as a car seat. The cloth captured body odour and was then preserved in a jar, sometimes for up to 20-30 years - often growing stronger over that time. Trained dogs could then track individuals by their odour.
There are examples of surveillance technology, such as a Trabant car door fitted with infrared beams for night photography and miniature cameras hidden in neckties, watering cans and birds' nesting boxes. Other rooms show various gifts and trophies which Stasi members gave to each other and to members of 'sister organisations'.
The Stasi Museum is open 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm weekends. Admission €3.50. For those who think recent German history is all about the Nazis, think again. The Stasi were operating less than 20 years ago...
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The museum Berlin-Karlshorst focuses on the Second World War and its impact for both the Russian and German participants. It shows how soldiers and civilians shared the experience of suffering, loss and death after the German agression against the Sovient Union in 1941.
Even though situated a bit off the beaten path in Berlin-Karlshorst (Treptow-Köpenick), it's definitely worth while a visit. Besides the permanent and contemporary exhibitions, there is an event in the commemoration of the end of World War II. each May 8th.
Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Zwieseler Straße 4 (Ecke Rheinsteinstraße)
(S-Bahn station "Berlin-Karlshorst" and a 15 min. walk)
Tel.: 0049-30-501 508-10 or 0049-30-508 832-9
Fax: 0049-30-501 508 40
Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 6.pm.
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East building of Shtuler serves today for the museum purposes. There was the Egyptian museum having one of the most significant in the world collection of culture of Ancient Egypt here and in former stables in the neighbourhood till March, 2005. Such well-known exhibits enter into it, as a portrait bust of tsarina Nefertiti.
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Maritime Museum Peenemunde
Just 2 hours drive north of Berlin on the A20 autobahn on the island of Usedom, is the town of Peenemunde which was the center of the original V1 and V2 rockets during WWII.
Here can be found the Rocket Museum or Technical History Museum, from which area the V1 was launched and where Wernher von Braun helped to developed the V2 rocket. Both types of rocket are in the open air display.Alongside can be found the Martime Museum which is now home of submarine U461of the Juliett class built behind the Iron Curtain in the 60's
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Museum for Pre- and Early History
It's not really off the beaten path as the museum is right next to Charlottenburg castle, but I guess it's not well know.
It's a great place to go if you want to learn more about our ancestors.
A day ticket is 6 Euro and that is valid for a lot of Berliner Museums. Entrance is free on Thursdays from 1pm-5pm.
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Museum of Contemporary Art
Now the Hamburg Railway Station also houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. A central place in the exhibition is taken up by the so-called Marx-collection of works by leading artists of the last 30 years, such as Erich Marx, Andy Warhol, Anself Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg or Joseph Beuys. There is even a special section dedicated to the works of Joseph Beuys.
But the museum’s interesting not only because of its permanent collections - temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are also regularly featured.
You can also see films, videos, designs, and listen to music all blended by the same theme - contemporary art, of course!
Invalidenstrasse 50, Mitte (Centre)
Bus 157, 245, 248,340
Tue-Fri 10 am-6pm (Thursday till 10 pm). Satur/Sun 11 am-6pm
Bauhaus-Archiv & Design Museum
No, I am not mistaken, this is one sightseeing highlight, not two :))) It’s just that the Bauhaus-Archiv houses the Design Museum.
Created by Walter Gropius (1883-1969), who is famous for being the founder of the Bauhaus (hence the first name of the building), Bauhaus-Archiv was built in 1979.
In its capacity of the Design Museum, it houses some of the works by Kandinsky, Klee and Schlemmer; also scale-models and development plans; Bauhaus-design and a library.
Go to Klingelhoferstrasse 14, Tiergarten
This house in the Nikolaiviertel was one of the few to escape bomibing in the war. I'm not sure where it's strange name comes from. Is Knoblauch German for garlic? Nowadays the house is home to a museum.
(Forschungs- und Gedänkstätte Normannenstraße)
Stasi is a short term for "Staats-Sicherheit" ( = national security) and means the former East German secret service. It used to be a very powerful organziation with its members spying on people in their own country and turning them in whenever they had done or said something against the government and the systeme! People could never be sure if maybe their closest friends and relatives were part of the Stasi, so they had to be quite careful and better keep their thoughts to themselves in order not to take the risk of going straight to prison!
The former Stasi headquarter has now been converted to a little museum, which is really off the beaten path, but pretty interesting. It consists of three floors: on first floor old Stasi observation technique is being demonstrated, you can see bugs and cameras in suitcases, flowerpots, and just about anything, just like in the James Bond movies (but pretty antique). Second floor hosts the former offices and you can walk through them. On third floor there are pictures and texts (German only!) about the history of the German Democratic Republic.
Dead Chicken Alley, Best Damn Gallery in Europe
Walking into an alley filled with graffiti can sometimes have a good outcome. My curiosity spurred by a sign that said "Dead Chickens", I made my way down this alley lit by a long light.
Past a cafe, and into a great comic book shop that sold CDs and great dada works. Behind there was a great gallery with plenty of very creative works. Downstairs from the comic book shop is a small cinema that showcases independant cinema. What a find!
But it didn't end there. in the alley, I saw some graffiti that said dead chicken this way, I followed it into a dingy cellar. This curiousity of mine is a real danger, but for some reason I felt safe. It was closed. I walked back outside and saw some giant metal sculptures and a machine that accepted euros that had flowers in them. I decided to see if they worked and put a coin in. The sculptures started moving around and making lots of noise. The people nearby and I broke out in robust laughter.
The woman who ran the dead chicken gallery saw me laughing and decided to open up. Inside there were some great robotic things that moved around and did all sorts of weird things if you could find the way to turn them on. One shot a flame inches from my face when I pressed the foot control. I swear, this is the only country in Europe that was still into the whole DADA thing. BRILLIANT! Make sure to check out the website.
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