GUIDED TOURS

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The history of German film
Overview and Special Tours
through the Permanent Exhibition

Costumes and props, photographs, film scripts, sketches and designs of sets and models, cameras and film footage – film history is brought to life by a wide range of objects in the permanent exhibition. In twelve rooms, the museum recounts the beginnings of German cinema, of early film stars and classics (e.g., »Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari« and »Metropolis«), of the golden era of German cinema during the Weimar Republic, and its misuse under National Socialism. The exhibition portrays the situation of German filmmakers and artists living in exile, and on their return after World War II. Two rooms are devoted to German film from the postwar period to the present. A central theme of the exhibition is dedicated to Marlene Dietrich’s estate.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in English
    90 min/100 €
    120 min/130 €
    plus reduced admission
    max. 20 participants
  • Guided Tour for school groups
    in English
    90 min/60 €
    120 min/70 €
    plus reduced admission, free up to 18 years of age
    max. class size

  • Guided Tour with additional topics for groups
    in English
    60 min/80 €
    90 min/105 €
    120 min/130 €
    plus reduced admission,
    max. 20 participants

    Guided Tour with additional topics for school groups
    60 min/50 €
    90 min/60 €
    120 min/70 €
    plus reduced admission
    free up to 18 years of age
    max. class size
  • Bookable with a focus on:
    - Early history of German film
    - The Weimar Republic and National Socialism
    - Film as an instrument of propaganda
    - The icon Marlene Dietrich


  • Booking:
    > +49(0) 30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin

  • Public Tour 
    in German sundays 3pm
    90 Min, admission only


Foto »Werner Herzog«/ »Fitzcarraldo«

Overview Tour
threw the Special Exhibition
»Werner Herzog«
25.08.2022–27.03.2023

Werner Herzog created iconic images with his feature and documentary films. The author’s filmmaker of New German Cinema established a connection to German film heritage and built his reputation as an obsessed director, who like his protagonists constantly strives to transcend boundaries. In the US, Herzog later shot feature films with Hollywood celebrities as well as edgy documentary films. The participants will dive into the cosmos of Herzog’s images and learn more about the behind-the-scenes of film production. We invite you to discuss the controversies and discourses around the filmmaker and his work in the framework of current debates on the responsibility of filmmakers in postcolonial contexts. 

  • Public Tour
    in German
    Sunday 25.09. 3 pm
    90 min, admission only


  • Guided Tour for groups
    90 min/105 €, school groups 60 €
    120 min/130 €, school groups 70 €
    plus reduced admission,
    free up to 18 years of age
    max. 20 participants, class size

  • Booking:
    > +49(0) 30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


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Animated films and techniques
Guided Tour for kids and families

What makes images on television and in the cinema move? When did images start talking and what animation techniques were first used? During a guided tour through the permanent exhibition, young visitors are given the answers to these and countless other questions related to cartoons and animation techniques. The tour begins with the pioneers of German film. It then moves through the early years of German cinema, and explains the beginnings of sound film. How images are manually and individually animated is demonstrated by silent film classics like »Metropolis«.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in English
    45–60 min/80 €
    plus reduced admission
    max. 20 participants
  • Guided Tour for school groups
    in English
    45–60 min/50 €
    plus reduced admission,
    free up to 18 years of age
    max. class size
  • Booking:
    > +49(0) 30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Darsteller Horst Buchholz und Regisseur Billy Wilder bei den Drehaufnahmen zu ONE, TWO THREE (1961). Bildnachweis: ©Heinz Köster, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek | Fotoarchiv

Guided City Walks »Film capital Berlin«

Thematically Guided City Walks through selected Berlin districts and neighbourhoods invite you to experience film history in urban space. Depending on the chosen theme, the walks lead to film locations and filming sites of classics such as »Berlin Alexanderplatz«, »The Bourne Identity«, »Good Bye, Lenin« and many more. In addition to background knowledge about the films or series and their genesis in historical settings, the walks convey the importance of Berlin as an international film metropolis.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in English
    120–150 min/190 €
    max. 15 participants
  • Guided Tour for school groups
    in English
    120–150 min/90 €
    max. 20 participants
  • Bookable topics:
    - Angels and the Red Army in Berlin’s »new center«
    - Cinematic strolls between the boulevards and drug excesses
    - »Alex« the film star, with Moscow right next door
    - Film pioneers, DEFA bohemia and Berlin cinema culture
  • Booking:
    > +49(0) 30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin