Foto: Christian Riis Ruggaber / Berliner Festspiele

Gropius Bau is one of Europe’s most-important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed contemporary and archaeological exhibitions, Gropius Bau has consistently opened up new realms of experience and established its international reputation.

In 1881, Gropius Bau opened as a museum of decorative arts. Designed by Martin Gropius, in close cooperation with Heino Schmieden, the building was developed with architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s fundamental design principles in mind. The Renaissance-style building served as the venue for various institutions and collections. In the years before 1945, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the School of Decorative Arts, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, the Ostasiatische Kunstsammlung des Völkerkundemuseums and the Kunstbibliothek were located here. In 1945, the building was heavily damaged during one of the last major bombing raids on Berlin. Reconstruction began in 1976 and it was officially reopened in 1981.

In 2001, the Berliner Festspiele took over the operation and management of the venue. Since then, Gropius Bau has become a renowned venue for modern and contemporary art in dialogue with archaeology and cultural history. Since February 2018, Stephanie Rosenthal is the director of Gropius Bau. Her programme is focused on opening up the institution as a location for artistic creation and exchange. 

Discover our programmes at Gropius Bau:

Guided Tours  

Gropius Bau
Berliner Festspiele

Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

Tel +49 30 254 86-0
Fax +49 30 254 86-107

Opening hours

Wednesday–Monday 10am–7pm
Closed on Tuesday
Closed December 24th & 31st 


Day Ticket 15 €/reduced 10€
Admission fees for single exhibitions vary: > More Information