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Märkisches Museum

Am Köllnischen Park 5
10179 Berlin

Brandenburg in the centre of Berlin: each section of the Märkisches Museum building imitates architectural motifs popular in the Brandenburg region. The tower is reminiscent of the keep at the Bischofsburg in Wittstock or the cathedral of Ratzeburg, while the main tract conjures up brick-Gothic churches and even recalls the town hall of Tangermünde.

The ensemble design stemmed from city architect Ludwig Hoffman, who designed all the public buildings in Berlin from 1896 to 1924 and was erected between 1899 and 1908. A close adherent of the historicism at the turn of the century, his intention was that the architecture should blend with the collections housed in the building itself. The complex with its tower landmark was oriented to the now defunct Waisen Bridge across the Spree. In 1971, the lapidarium containing architectural fragments of Berlin was added as a courtyard on the south side.

Originally founded in 1874 as a Berlin local history museum, the collection had its home in the Podewil Palace, Berlin City Hall and two further locations before the new building opened in 1908. Today, the Märkisches Museum is a branch of the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, the local history and cultural museum foundation of Berlin.

The distorting post-war alterations have been removed in recent years and the original character restored room by room. The Gothic chapel with its rich collection of medieval sculptures, the refurbished great hall, the guild hall, and the weapons hall are all consciously geared to the historical design.

In the near future, new exhibition space is to be created in the basement and the attic, service areas improved and the technical infrastructure redesigned. Further exhibits from the comprehensive cultural history collections of the local museum can then be put on display.

Further information (in German only):

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Landesarchiv Berlin
Landesarchiv Berlin
Andreas Muhs
Stadtmuseum Berlin / Holfeld
Stadtmuseum Berlin / Bartsch
Stadtmuseum Berlin / Holfeld


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Württembergische Straße 6, 10707 Berlin
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