Over the next few minutes you will hopefully learn a whole lot about art in Berlin. Galleries, museums, supply stores, schools, shows, events and more will all be broken down in full detail for you today.
The best local art galleries and museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections Europe has to offer seems like our only natural starting point. After that we will get into some great stores to buy art supplies and materials near you.
Annual events, shows, and festivals will be the topic of our next section. Going on an art walking tour or just passing by some unique statues and sculptures in your area can be a great way to get some sun and culture at the same time.
Berlin art classes and lessons for both kids and adults will get their own section. Then we will end this all by mentioning where to rent out studio space and the best shops for framing around town.
Towards the end you will find a local art map with tons of places pinned, and we also want to share this link to all of our posts for Germany.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Berlin
The best art galleries and museums in Berlin are also some of the best on the continent and we recommend:
- The Pergamon Museum at Bodestr. 1-3
- Humboldt Forum at Schlossplatz
- Gemäldegalerie at Matthäikirchplatz
- Neue Nationalgalerie at Potsdamer Str. 50
- Bode Museum at Am Kupfergraben
- Brücke Museum at Bussardsteig 9
- Kunstraum Kreuzberg at Mariannenplatz 2
- Fluentum at Clayallee 174
- Schinkel Pavillon at Oberwallstr. 1
- Contemporary Fine Arts at Grolmanstr. 32/33
- Daad Gallerie at Oranienstr. 161
- Kw Institute For Contemporary Art at Auguststr. 69
- König Galerie at Alexandrinenstr. 181-121
The Pergamon Museum is home to three of Europe’s most outstanding collections which include the Antikensammlung, the Vorderasiatisches Museum, and the Museum für Islamische Kunst. On the first Sunday of every month they offer free entrance and a variety of programs.
The Humboldt Forum primarily houses the Berlin State Museums’ non-European collections. They provide a variety of programs including exhibitions, monthly events, and educational activities.
You will see one of the most important collections of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th century in the world including Masterworks by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Botticelli, Titian, Caravaggio, David Teniers the Younger, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and more at The Gemäldegalerie. Visit on the first Sunday of the month for free entry.
The collection of the Neue Nationalgalerie includes a number of one-of-a-kind highlights of modern 20th-century masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky, and Barnett Newman. Like many of the other best galleries near you they provide free entry on the first Sunday of the month.
The Brücke Museum displays the world’s largest collection of works by members of the early 20th-century German expressionist movement Die Brücke aka “The Bridge”. It was founded in 1967 and is home to over 400 paintings and sculptures, as well as thousands of drawings, watercolours, and prints by members of Die Brücke. A donation from the painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and a later donation from Erich Heckel are among the items in the collection.
The Kunstraum Kreuzberg has an impressive collection of 450 pieces while presenting five to six exhibition projects yearly, some of which are created in partnership with other institutions, curators, or artist groups. The exhibitions are accompanied by films, discussions, and lectures.
Daad Gallerie offers a variety of programming like concerts, performances, exhibitions, artist talks and readings, and film screenings. KW Institute For Contemporary Art also puts on a number of events as well as a year-round changing exhibition that is definitely worth a visit.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials near you are:
- Peter’s Art Lager at Bornemannstr. 10
- Cym Kunstmalerbedarf at Planufer 96
- Büroshop Koschel at Friedrichstr. 127
- Malstoff at Warschauer Str. 20
- Boesner at Marienburger Str. 16
- Edelhoff Kreativkaufhaus at Rudolf Seiffert St 3
- Zeichen Center Ebeling at Triftstr. 39
- Hobbyshop Wilhelm Rüther at Goltzstr. 37
Peter’s Art Lager sells a large selection of materials and offers canvas and frame stretching. They also provide art shipping services within Germany and Europe.
Cym Kunstmalerbedarf specializes in custom canvas and canvas stretching, but they are also a good place to buy art supplies near you. Boesner offers a product assortment of approximately 26,000 items and there are over 40 Boesner locations throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France.
Shows & Events
Some of the top art shows, festivals, and events held here in your area would be:
Transmediale is one of the world’s largest festivals of media art and digital culture and it takes place at the end of January annualy. There will be a great five-day program of talks, installations, and performances that are followed by month-long displays.
The Long Night of Museums is always held on the last Saturday in August from 6pm to 2am with between 70 and 80 local museums participating. Many locations also provide musical entertainment, refreshments, and drinks.
Berlin Art Week is a 6-day cultural festival held in September. The event showcases contemporary art from across the world through events, exhibition openings, films, and art fairs, encompassing roughly 50 institutions, including established museums such as the Hamburger Bahnhof as well as a large number of independent galleries.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
The best art dealers and appraisers can help you find new works or figure out the true value of something:
- Young Art Berlin at Alt-Moabit 92
- Ldx Artodrome Gallery at Linienstr. 111
- Jörg Maaß Kunsthandel at Rankestr. 24
- Studio Gallery Berlin at Frankfurter Allee 36A
For almost 40 years Studio Gallery Berlin has been a well-known destination for contemporary handicrafts, particularly jewelry, ceramics, and graphics. Throughout the year the gallery offers one-of-a-kind pieces by more than 50 creators for sale.
A local art walking tour will help you find some unique works that you may never have otherwise known about:
- Alternative Berlin Tours at Trachtenbrodtstr. 32
- Art Tours Berlin at Wildenbruchstr. 90
- Berlin Street Art Tours at Schröderstr. 11
- Niche Art & Architecture Tours at Rheinsberger Str 68
Alternative Berlin Tours offers both regular and private tours that will take you to the best places in your area to witness street art and graffiti. A free tour is also available.
A tour of the city’s extensive contemporary art scene, galleries, private collections, and artist studios can be had with Art Tours Berlin who also does private tours. The Berlin Street Art Tours offer an exclusive 3-hour trip through the Mitte and Kreuzberg areas to discover the street art culture and the tours can be done in both English and French.
Niche Art and Architecture Tours provides tailored art and architecture tours that will show you the city’s hard-to-find innovative architecture gems and experimental, emerging creative locations in a real local experience.
Sculptures & Statues
We bet many of you would enjoy taking selfies by these sculptures and statues:
- Molecule Man at An den Treptowers 1
- Trains to Life – Trains to Death at Georgenstr. 14
- Statue of Wilhelm von Humboldt at Unter den Linden 6
- The Day the Wall Came Down Monument at Clayallee 146
- Reiterstandbild König Friedrich II von Preussen at Unter den Linden 9
- Goethe Denkmal at Ebertstr. 18
Molecule Man was created by Jonathan Borofsky and it rises 30 meters out of the Spree water not far from the Treptower. The Wilhelm von Humboldt Statue, located at the Humboldt University, was unveiled in 1883 after being created by Paul Otto in 1882.
The Day the Wall Came Down monument was completed in 1998 and is placed on Clayallee near the Allied Museum in the former American quarter. Reiterstandbild König Friedrich II von Preussen is a cast bronze outdoor sculpture near the east end of Unter den Linden. Christian Daniel Rauch designed it in 1839 and it was unveiled in 1851.
Berlin Art Classes
The best Berlin art schools and classes can help you level up your game and lessons for both kids and adults can easily be found:
- Runa Keramik at Pücklerstr. 22
- Schule für Bildende Kunst und Gestaltung at Immanuelkirchstr. 4/1
- Berlin Art Institute at An der Industriebahn 12–16
- Berlin University of the Arts at Hardenbergstr. 33
- Kunstschule Artgeschoss at
- Berlin Drawing Room at Wrangelstr. 31a
- Mal Kunstschule at Willmanndamm 10
Runa Keramik offers weekend ceramic classes as well as a morning courses. The Schule für Bildende Kunst und Gestaltung provides professional, accredited training in painting, set design, illustration, comics, animation drawing, and digital art, as well as art and cultural management. They offer free trial classes in each subject.
The Berlin University of the Arts is Europe’s largest art school and has four colleges that specialize in visual arts, architecture, media and design, music, and performing arts. They have 40 courses that cover the entire spectrum.
Kunstschule Artgeschoss offers art classes for people of all ages with the major emphasis on composition, drawing, and painting. They provide long-term courses all year long with flexible scheduling that allow students to begin one or more of their regular courses at any time.
The instructors at the Berlin Drawing Room have a variety of courses focusing on drawing and painting. They also provide free courses on a monthly basis. Mal Kunstschule offers free trial lessons.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you are itching to get that next project started rent some space at one of these art studios in your area:
- Atelierhaus79 at Wilhelminenhofstr.
- Atelierhaus Mengerzeile at Mengerzeile 1-3
- Fabriken at Weichselpl. 3
Local art and picture framing shops can be a great way to get your piece displayed properly:
- Frameworks Berlin at Reichenberger Str 28
- Die RahmenManufaktur at Albrechtstr. 10
- McRahmen at Kantstr. 116
- Passepartout at Boxhagener Str 28
- Rahmenservice Loritta Ehrhold at Wörther Str 17/18
Frameworks Berlin provides lamination, gilding, plexiglass boxes and showcases, on-site hanging, restoration, and much more. Die RahmenManufaktur carries approximately 3,500 frame types, 400 mat colors, and a broad assortment of ready-made frames. They also provide professional consultation.
The curious types may also want to read our creative city guides for:
Have Fun Enjoying The Berlin Art Scene
For the time being the full art scene near you has been covered as well as we know how. After reading about all of the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers you should have a much better understanding of what is available your area.
Those who are still reading this probably love the local art scene as much as we do. Don’t be afraid to share your own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Berlin Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.