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Required time for Berlin’s Magnificent Art Museums

Hi, everyone.
We are planning our first trip to Berlin next year (2022).
We are art lovers.
Query - how many days should we allow to see all of Berlin’s art/sculpture museums?
We are not interested in war, nazi, holocaust, history, top sites, etc. on this particular trip.
Warm regards,
Ally

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Since everyone's needs and tastes will be different, starting with what constitutes art, I will briefly if rudely ask this: How much time you got? That's how much to spend.
Given your substantial list of 'don'ts', this will work best if you name specific possibilities so readers with experience can make specific suggestions. And sorry, but it will take more of your time.

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My 2 cents' worth, at least 4 days. This would allow you to see the Berggruen Museum, the Scharf-Gerstenberg, the Gemäldegalerie, Alte Nationalgalerie, the Pergamonmuseum, the Neues Museum, the Altes Museum, and the Bode Museum, if you were willing to visit two museums per day on average. Wife and I took five days, to allow for 2nd visits to favorites (Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie). We spent 4-5 hours per day in the museums, and still felt like we had time for other sights/experiences.

Have a great time!

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I spent 1.5 days at just the Gemaldegalerie with a break for lunch in the cafeteria the first day.

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I had 4-1/2 days in Berlin but I did a day-trip to Potsdam so that only left me with 3 days for museums. I also loved the Gemaldegalerie and spent almost a 1/2 day there. Did the Pergamon and the Bode on the same day. I can't say enough about the Bode - the building itself is magnificent and I love Byzantine art and sculpture so it was a dream. The other day I did the Alte and Neues on the same day, which I think might have shorted them both a bit. I could have used another 2 days or at least 1-1/2 days. Berlins' museums are amazing. As is all of Berlin in my estimation.

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It surely depends heavily on which of the art museums you want to visit. There are a lot of art/sculpture museums in Berlin that haven't been mentioned in this thread. Trying to get to all of them would certainly require considerable extra time. Berlin sprawls, so even with judicious use of public transit, you can burn a good bit of time just getting yourself from place to place.

The museums on Museumsinseln are quite large; I'd expect each one to take more than half a day, though probably not the Pergamon (if you count it as an art museum) since much of it is still closed.

This list of Berlin museums and galleries may be helpful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofmuseumsandgalleriesinBerlin

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Acraven - thank you for the museum list. Quite helpful.
It appears we should allow at least 5 days for museums and maybe another 3 days to visit additional Berlin sites. Much appreciate everyone’s time and effort in responding.
Warm regards,
Ally

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I'll offer one more list of museums that is focused on art museums. This one is from the VisitBerlin tourism website. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/art-museums

I'll put in a plug for the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. Kollwitz was the first woman elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts. She was forced out by the National-Socialist regime. Very interesting life. Very interesting art.

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If you have any interest in merging history and art, there is a very interesting art installation at the Magdalenenstraße U-bahn platform along the U5 line. There are 20 murals painted by East German artist Wolfgang Frankenstein in 1986 for East Berlin's celebration of Berlin's 750th birthday in 1987. The murals represent great moments in history from the perspective of the communist East German government. I found the 20 topics and the murals quite interesting. An article on the highly-recommended Slow Travel Berlin website: http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/the-gdr-murals-of-magdalenenstrasse-u-bahn/

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I will follow up on the Slow Travel Berlin website (http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/). It is maintained primarily by Paul Sullivan, who writes/updates The Rough Guide to Berlin (which I also highly recommend for a Berlin-focused trip). The website gives depth to the typical print guide's breadth. It went dark for a few years, but is back now and creating great content again.

Applicable to your interests, there currently is a very nice article on the Berlinische Galerie: http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/art-in-berlin-1880-1980-a-trip-through-the-berlinische-galerie/

If you go to the home page, there is a link to click for articles related to art and culture.

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"all"? :-)

Berlin has tons of art museums and exhibitions, art galleries but also public street art and contemporary sculptures. You can easily fill up two weeks or more if you want to. If you add achitecture plan another two.

I like to recommend also picture gallery of Sanssouci and Museum Baberini in Potsdam.

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The Pergamon took us about 2 hours. Be careful you don't get museum fatigue by trying to do too much each day.