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By L. H. Jais
How many museums do you think there are in Berlin, the capital of Germany? I'll tell you: over 170, and that's not counting the numerous small exhibition rooms and private galleries. There is something for almost everyone. If you don't know where to start, try out these museums:
The Newton Museum
My absolute favourite is the Newton Museum, a museum for photography by and related to the legendary photographer Helmut Newton. It's located right next to the Zoologischer Garten station. It's the best photography museum I've visited, and I go again as often as I can. It has a standard exhibition of photos, and usually has a changing exhibition as well. If you're into photos, even a little, check this museum out. It's not cheap, but it's worth it!
The Gemäldegalerie (translated: Picture Gallery) is a really impressive collection of European art. It concentrates on European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries from great artists like Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian. This museum is huge - in the Kulturforum close to Potsdamer Platz over 3,000 paintings are on show. Over 900 works of art can be seen in the Main Gallery collection. A tip: good audio guides in English are available and they are even included in the admission price.
In the southern district of Berlin-Dahlem (best reached by the city train or subway) you will find the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. They show the city's collections of non-European art and culture. This huge group of collections is also internationally renowned. There are exhibitions like The Empire of the Incas, North American Indians, Art from Africa and South Sea - Collection Melanesia and Australia.
If I were to choose just three museums to see in Berlin, these would be the ones. Maybe you'll like them as much as I do!
An extra tip: one thing you should not do in the city is buying Berlin t-shirts. The things you find in the popular areas of the city are not unique or of special quality. For truly unique, hand-printed, organic, limited and numbered Berlin souvenir shirts your best address is online, at http://www.shirtsofberlin.de/en!
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