Markisches Museum is a relatively small museum located along the Spree River. It showcases historical items that relate to the culture and history of Berlin and the Brandenburg region. Some of the historical exhibits date back several thousand years to the Bronze Age.
It is probably a less well-known museum than some of the more popular ones on Museum Island and as a result, tourist traffic is pleasantly reduced. The building was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century by Ludwig Hoffmann and has undergone several restorations, opening in its present form in 1988.
Ludwig deliberately designed the building with a mix of different styles including a red brick exterior, Gothic gables and even a medieval tower reminiscent of the Renaissance period, so that its architecture would be sympathetic to the surrounding historical sites.
Inside is equally as intriguing as the exterior, the Gothic Chapel houses medieval sculptures and the Great Hall has been tastefully restored.
The comprehensive collections include items such as utensils, clothes, documents, artwork and musical instruments. There are also scaled city models, depicting how Berlin has changed over time. The history of Berlin's Arts, Literature and Theatre are also covered.
The museum does an excellent job of chronicling every facet of Berliner's lives from the beginning of known recorded history to present day.
Markisches Museum Reviews
A museum which covers hundreds of years of history in Germany. No ques so no waiting in lines to enter. Very friendly staff all very willing to pass on information. I spent several hours in this museum and found it one of the most interesting of the lot.
This museum doesn\'t seem very well known to the public which is very surprising for the fantastic artifacts it holds inside.
Not too many of the exibit descriptions are in English but the staff that speak english will explain the description of the items to you.
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