Hamburger Bahnhof was built in the mid 1800s and started life as a train station. It was the first station on the Berlin to Hamburg rail connection. It ceased being used as a station in 1884 due to the different configuration of the train routes. For most of its early history it was left unused and now has the honor of being the only terminal railway station left in Berlin.
Like so many other great German buildings it was badly destroyed in World War II. The restoration has tried to keep the original design of the neo-classic façade while incorporating a more modern interior. The rooms are spacious and airy. The steel arches of the old railway terminal are impressive, as too are the original stained glass windows, enhanced by modern lighting.
Since 1996 it has been used as a museum for contemporary art. Although officially called the Museum fur Gegenwart (Museum for the Present), it is still often called Hamburger Bahnhof. It showcases work by many post-war artists including Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys and Roy Lichtenstein
Most of the 10000 square meter museum displays art from the second half of 20th Century to present time. New exhibitions are continually on show. Many of the art pieces are very large such as Warhol's 'Chairman Mao' but the museum is well suited to display them.
The Hamburger Bahnhof museum is a must for those people who appreciate contemporary art.
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