Berlin: 12 childfriendly museums to visit
Berlin is the city of a thousand possibilities, and this also applies to the wide range of museums, especially for children. The city’s monuments are known all over the world and are certainly the first to be visited by tourists and visitors. Here we present child-friendly museums that should end up on your to-do list when you’re in Berlin for sightseeing.
12 particularly child-friendly museums in Berlin
Museum of Natural History Berlin
@Museum of Natural History Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity
The “Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung” is one of the world’s most important research institutions in the field of biological and earth science evolution and biodiversity. The museum has a collection of more than 30 million objects dating from the origin of the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago to the present day. Of course, the museum is suitable for children with dinosaurs, insects, birds and native animals. What else does it offer? On the first Sunday of every month, children aged 8 to 12 go on a journey of discovery on changing themes and try to find answers to these questions. 5.00 euros (plus admission) for 90 minutes.
MACHmit! museum for children
Founded in 2000, the “MACHmit! museum for children” is the perfect destination for active children. It offers numerous MACHmit! activities to discover, try out and explore. The children are encouraged through play. Thanks to artistic and craft activities, the activities also teach them about complex interrelationships and sharpen their perception of the everyday environment. We find the cinema programme with film adaptations of children’s book classics particularly interesting. Each film screening is complemented by a MACHmit activity in which the children engage with the film content: Shaking bananas, drawing goats, building rafts, testing courage and making key rings.
Labyrinth Children’s Museum
“Creativity and diversity for children – at the Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin” © Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin
The Labyrinth Children’s Museum is known for its interactive experiential exhibitions that focus on children’s education. The museum’s philosophy is quite simple. Whether by touching, trying out, jumping, climbing, folding, kneading, smelling, running, hearing, seeing, asking, shouting, thinking or relaxing: Learning by doing is the way children progress best. Girls and boys learn with all their senses, emotions, mind and body. In this way, they can fuel their life motor with self-confidence and trust.
Computer Games Museum
Europe’s first computer games museum is actually located in the German capital. More than 300 exhibits await children in this play and experimental landscape on the cultural history of games. The museum aims to actively promote the culture and history of digital games to a broad audience through exhibitions, media education, events and publications. Children can learn to understand digital interactive entertainment media and thus increase their media literacy. We think the Games Milestones with 52 game recordings of famous video games are particularly cool. To rummage around like in a library, here you can discover games like Pacman from 1980, Bomb Jack from 1984, or Tamagotchi from 1996.
If you want to experience diverse, respectful inclusivity, this museum is it. The “All Included!” exhibition, for example, offers a creative and playful approach to diverse lifestyles – historical and contemporary. The play on words in the title suggests it: It is about exploring, appreciating and understanding oneself as part of the diversity of the inner-city living environment. The museum then tries to experiment with new forms of learning and encourages people to become active themselves.
©German Spy Museum Berlin
Without a doubt, the Espionage Museum must be visited. It is located on Leipziger Platz, a historically significant site in the centre of Berlin where the Berlin Wall once divided the city. In the museum there are endless interactive experience exhibitions for young and old. Children and parents are particularly enthusiastic about spy technology. The German Spy Museum displays over 300 unique pieces of equipment used by agents: Pistols in pipes and lipsticks, cameras in cigarette lighters and watering cans, microphones in books and shoe heels or secret hiding places in chess games and murals. Also cool are the laser course and the multimedia stations located in the last area of the museum. Here children are shown in a playful way how many
The Spionage Museum is undoubtedly a must-see. It is located at Leipziger Platz, a historically significant place in the centre of Berlin where the Berlin Wall once divided the city. In the museum there are endless interactive experience exhibitions for young and old. Children and parents are particularly enthusiastic about spy technology. The German Spy Museum exhibits over 300 unique pieces of spy equipment: Pistols in pipes and lipsticks, cameras in cigarette lighters and watering cans, microphones in books and shoe heels or secret hiding places in chess games and murals. Also cool are the laser course and the multimedia stations located in the last area of the museum. Here children are shown in a playful way how much information is collected and used on the Internet and social media.
Founded in 1986, this museum is a real experience for children, young people and adults. Children especially look forward to the great guided tours with playful activities and lots of movement. A special highlight are the torch tours for guests aged 8 and over with strong nerves. Here, visitors experience the puppets and figures in the darkened exhibition by the light of a single torch. The focused light intensifies the concentration on detail. This creates a suspenseful atmosphere with an intense theatrical feel.
German Museum of Technology
Little technology fans will certainly feel at home in this building. The permanent exhibitions present the cultural history of transport, communication, production and energy technologies. The contemporary architecture of the new building for shipping and aviation is indispensable. With the “sultana bomber” on the façade, the extension building sets a significant urban accent. It is also worth visiting the Science Spectrum Center. Over 150 interactive experiment stations await the little ones and turn science and technology into a special experience.
Domäne Dahlem – Estate and Museum
The museum collects, preserves, researches, presents and communicates in particular cultural-historical topics from the original agricultural production to the processing and trade to the consumption and enjoyment of food. The focus is on Berlin and its region, but also on developments throughout Germany. Especially for children and young people there is the activity “The Cooking Box”. Under the motto “From the field to the plate”, up to 30 participants can cook, bake and eat together. Bake pancakes from eggs you’ve collected yourself, harvest and cook potatoes in the domaene field, bake pizza with fresh garden vegetables or rolls, or turn seasonal vegetables into delicious menus…a real educational and experiential kitchen!
The Sounding Museum
Under the professional guidance of musicians and music educators, the little ones playfully discover how music “works”. For a short time now, the museum has been offering the Musikgarten. The Musikgarten invites children from infancy and their parents to make music together. Through singing, making music, moving and listening to music, the children can develop a feeling for the beauty and effect of music and experience how much joy music can bring. The aim is to introduce children to music in a playful way. They should be given the opportunity to absorb and create music themselves without any performance expectations.
The Archenhold Observatory is the oldest and largest public observatory in Germany with the longest movable refracting telescope in the world. With its diverse offerings, the Archenhold Observatory invites you on a journey through the world of astronomy. In the exhibitions you can discover the dimensions of the universe, the solar system and the historical development of astronomy. A real highlight for children is the Zeiss Small Planetarium. The eight-metre dome offers a larger seating capacity of now 90 seats and the little spectators can watch the complete southern starry sky or the course of the planets under the stars… a dreamlike experience!
Due to its innovative exhibition design, the DDR Museum has already been nominated twice for the European Museum of the Year Award. In the museum you can learn everything about life in the German Democratic Republic. Authentic originals and interactive installations that are unique in the world are waiting to be touched and tried out. Highlights of the exhibition are the Trabi driving simulation in an original Trabant P 601 and a faithfully furnished prefab flat with five rooms. The playful way in which history is conveyed and the invitation to touch and try out the exhibits sends children and young people on an exciting journey of discovery!