Cats in Museums

Like the Ancient Egyptians before us, we live in a world in which cats are the highest power. You can almost hear the archaeologists of the future “Behold,” they would grandly declare before their students of Internet Archaeology who sift through digital debris in search for the truth about life in the 21st Century. “The…

Contemporary Art Hamburger

Yes, “Contemporary Art hamburger.” Or maybe not. Maybe my foreign language skills are starting to falter a little bit. What else could Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum fur Gegenwart mean other than “Contemporary Art Hamburger”? Oh, wait a minute: in a former life, the space was a train station taking passengers to and from Hamburg and now…

Ich bin ein Berliner

“Ich bin ein Bear-liner” said JFK in his famous address to the people of the Ursus-loving German city on June 26th, 1963. No, really it’s what he said. It’s on the cue-card and everything. It’s funny but this little four word phrase has become one of the most famous quotations from the last century. Ever….

GAME ON!

Like kisses, cars and CDS everyone remembers their first games console. For me, it was a SEGA Mega-Drive – a black lump of plastic that sat on top of the little TV in the bedroom so the main one in the living room was free for other televisual pursuits such as… watching TV? Like kisses,…

Things! Unimaginable Amounts of Things! Everywhere!

This museum was not quite what I expected when I walked in. I was expecting something not entirely unlike the Sir John Soane Museum; something a bit mad, a bit off-kilter, something that looked more like a hoarders’ paradise than a museum. What we got when we arrived at the Museum of Things was something not entirely…

Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

The name of this museum gives very little away. Usually museums are very literal beings, usually you know what you’re going to get with a Natural History Museum or even a Marzipan Museum. I realise there are some exceptions to this general rule and this and the Workshop for the Blind Museum (thank you google translate)…

Berlin Adventures: Neues Museum

So, we’ve come to roughly the mid-way point in my adventures in the German capital.  Rather than whizz to the other side of the city, we’re going to stay on Museum Island. It’s a whole island full of museums why would anyone ever want to leave? As we’re at the mid-way point, it might be…

Pergamonmuseum: Altars and Gates

According to figures released in 2007, Berlin’s Pergamommuseum is the most visited art museum in Germany, welcoming over a million visitors each year: 1,135,000 to be almost exact. To put that into perspective, here are some visitor number stats from UK Museums.  It seems that most of these visitors chose to go on the same day…

Bauhaus: Haus of Bau

The Bauhaus movement was founded in 1919, and it is regarded as the 20th Century’s most influential design movement. Although it’s not too far off celebrating its centenary it still looks really fresh and modern. In fact, the Bauhaus Archiv (or to use its other name: Museum fur Gestaltung) looks very much like a very…

Land of Dead Giants

Before I get to the 23 metres long, 12 metre high brachiosaurus that towers over you in the Museum fur Naturekunde’s atrium like a supersized version of the Natural History Museum’s mascot Dippy,  I’m going to pause this adventure at the foyer. Hehe I said “pause”. Sorry that will make sense in a few seconds,…

Silver Screens and Hollywood Idols

I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one who would have to stop and think for a minute and then consult that well-known search engine with too many os and gs if someone asked me to name a German film. Shameful, I know, so off I went to the Museum fur Film und Fernsehen (that’s the…

Best of the Wurst

“More than just a sausage, it’ one of life’s experiences” reads the legend on the wall of Berlin’s legendary Currywurst Museum, proudly proclaiming their passion for their favourite food. The whole idea of a museum entirely dedicated to food made me curious (as well as a little bit peckish) because we don’t really have them in…