Invalidenstraße 50/51
Phone: +49(0)30 - 3978-3412
Fax: +49(0)30 - 3978-3413

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum Für Gegenwart - Berlin's Museum For Contemporary Art

Berlin's Museum for contemporary art opened in the former railway station, Hamburger Bahnhof, in November 1996. This gave the Nationalgalerie (National Gallery) not only the first permanent home for its collection of contemporary art.

The Hamburger Bahnhof was built 1846/47 in late classicist style. It is the only old terminal station building remaining in Berlin. For forty years it served as the terminal between Hamburg and Berlin until it was closed in 1884. After modernization it reopened in 1906 as the Museum of Transport and Construction.

The war-torn building was inaccessible after 1945. It stood empty for many decades and was again used for exhibitions in 1987. A year later the first exhibition of contemporary art entitled "Zeitlos" inspired the foundation of a permanent museum of contemporary art in the Hamburger Bahnhof.

After reconstruction and modernization to designs by the architect, Josef Paul Kleihues, the museum opened in November 1996. The first major special exhibition followed in 1997 with works by Sigmar Polke. Since then diverse special exhibitions have become a regular feature in various sections of the museum.

Permanent Collection

The exhibition area of about 10,000 square metres is dedicated to art from the second half of the 20th century onwards. The collection contains works from Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) as well as very many items belonging to the private Berlin collector, Erich Marx. At the core of the Marx collection are works by such internationally renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys. The collection also includes over 450 drawings by Beuys, "The secret block for a secret person in Ireland", and about sixty by Warhol. Also on show are representatives of Minimal Art and the Provera.

The "Berlin Circle" by the English artist Richard Long was directly inspired by the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin. The whole of the ground floor in the western wing is devoted to works by Beuys. They include well-known installations such as "The End of the 20th Century" (1982/83), "Unschlitt/Tallow" (1977), and "Richtkräfte" (Directional forces) (1974-77) created from one hundred wooden blackboards.

A historical presentation of the works was consciously avoided in favour of an open presentation concept which embraces all the media used by the various artists. The building consists of a traditionally high, historical hall resembling a railway hall and modern extensions with clear geometrical lines and glass roofs. Together they provide both an ideal setting for contemporary art and stimulating surroundings for an interesting variety of events.


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Hamburger Bahnhof
8,00 Euro, concessions 4,00 Euro

Opening hours

Mon closed
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thu 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Getting there

Public Transport

U-Bahn U6 (Zinnowitzer Straße)
S-Bahn S3, S5, S7, S75, S9 (Hauptbahnhof)
Tram M6, M8, 12 (Zinnowitzer Straße)
Bus M41, TXL (Hauptbahnhof); 120, 147, 240, 245 (Invalidenpark)

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Visitor Entrance

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Information Hamburger Bahnhof: +49(0)30 - 3978-3439
Wheelchair Access

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News and events

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Guided Tours / Bookings for groups
School classes and groups will be allocated a guide after telephone booking:
Telephone: +49-(0)30- 266-3666
Fax: +49-(0)30-266-3670
Generaldirektion, Besucher-Dienste (Visitor Services)
Genthiner Str. 38
10785 Berlin