Highlights from Berlin’s museums, galleries, and cultural outings.

Boros Collection
Boros Collection

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

There's a massive WWII bunker a few blocks away from the Miinlofts. Known in East German times as the 'Banana Bunker' (its cool temperature made it perfect storage for fruit), wild fetish parties rocked the concrete walls in the 1990s, until it was bought by Christian Boros in 2003 to house his highly impressive collection of modern art.

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Opera!
Opera!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The days are rapidly shortening and the dark winter is imminent, but there's reason for cheer as Berlin's opera houses open their gilded doors after the summer break. Berlin, a relatively tiny city with 3 million inhabitants, has an embarassment of riches with three opera houses.

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Tresor: fragments of  a time still passing
Tresor: fragments of a time still passing

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tresor club is legendary. First opened in 1991, it was the city's first and best techno club. Forced out of its Potsdamer Platz location in 2005, it reopened two years later in a giant former power plant.

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C/O Berlin
C/O Berlin

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

For photography buffs, C/O Berlin is the place to go. It’s housed in the former “Royal Post” office, a beautiful cupola-ed yellow brick building, and since its founding in 2000 has been presenting the work of renowned and upcoming photographers.

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Temporäre Kunsthalle: Shadowbox
Temporäre Kunsthalle: Shadowbox

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The great incongruous “white cube” at Schlossplatz (now sky blue with digitalized clouds, by Austrian artist Gerwald Rockenschaub) is not a whimsical freighter container: it’s the Temporäre Kunsthalle, a temporary space for contemporary art.

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt: Pictopia
Haus der Kulturen der Welt: Pictopia

Thursday, April 2, 2009

An exhibition at the spaceship-like Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) embraces the new explosion of graphically pared-down yet bright-eyed pictograms that has spread across digital media, advertising, fashion and art.

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Museum of Technology
Museum of Technology

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The wildly underappreciated Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) is one of Berlin’s best museums, and not only for kids and tech geeks.

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Radialsystem V
Radialsystem V

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A former power station perched on the River Spree has become a new hot spot in Berlin for exciting contemporary dance, classical music and experimental theatre.

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Medical History Museum
Medical History Museum

Monday, January 19, 2009

Famous within the medical profession, this museum is not for the squeamish. But for fans of the grotesque and the bizarre, it’s a must-see!

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Admiralspalast
Admiralspalast

Monday, January 19, 2009

Admiralspalast is all gold and red velvet, and puts on correspondingly glitzy shows. If you’re yearning for some Berlin-style cabaret spectacle, look to Max Raabe and his Palastorchester, who put on a proper show in tuxedo and tails like in the good old days, belting out evergreens from the 1920s and 1930s that never go out of style.

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