Last Sunday two friends and I visited the Buchstabenmuseum (museum of letters) in Berlin. It’s a small museum near the Alexanderplatz, grounded by the association of letters in 2005. It’s purpose is to save old shop signs all around Germany and beyond. Since I’m a huge fan of typography this museum was on top of my Berlin bucket list. It didn’t disappoint me. The big letters were fascinating, some were even taller than me. And some I would have love to take with me for our home, especially the ones with light. My friend was particular excited, because she remembered seeing some of these signs years ago live, when the shops were still open in Berlin. For her it was a journey back in time.
Such a fun museum – Museum der Dinge (museum of things). Just ordinary, everyday things that everyone used (mostly in the DDR), summarized in little collections, sorted by material, theme or colors. It felt like an expedition through unknown lands, always discovering new unexpected things around the next corner. No more words necessary, just look at these photos.
amazing collections, right?
Amazing evening. We made it through five museums in five hours. We were totally exhausted the next day, but it was worth it. It was the long night of museums in Berlin. Starting at 6 pm till 2 am you had access to almost any museum in Berlin. And Berlin has a huge number of museums.
Last year we visited the beautiful Naturkundemuseum, the aquarium and the Film- and Fernseh-Museum (Movie & TV). This time we decided to do a little bit odd museums, like the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, the Trabi Museum and the Museum der Dinge (museum of things). I will show you more of the last amazing museum some other day, because it was so fun to walk along the cupboards stuffed with everyday things.
More than that we walked the halls of the Museum of Communication and the oppressive Panorama installation of a scenery at the Wall in Berlin, when it still was divided. It was just one large photo, but with the light, voices from this time from the off and palpable differences between East and West, it was very impressive. In a similar manner was the Museum of Communication impressive. It holds treasures like one of the blue Mauritius stamps, one of the most valuable stamps in the world and the very first telephone. We will visit the Museum of Communication another time again, because it was just a short visit. Too short to see all these amazing exhibits.
We love to stroll through museums. Everytime something unexpected pops up and changes our view of things. And most of the museums have now exhibits to get you involved. Like the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, where you can try to build currywurst orders yourself as fast as possible. Or at the Museum of Communication you can send a message with a letter shoot. So fun. Do you have a favorite museum?