The Jewish Museum Berlin with Kids
Hey, February! How did we get here so quickly already? To mark the new month, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature to the blog. As you may or may not know, I’m very passionate about taking kids to museums, so I’m going to introduce a regular ‘Museum Monday’ slot, where I will be both drawing on material I’ve previously written about on my museum blog, as well as creating some brand new posts. And we’re going to kick off with one of our favourite museums in Berlin, the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin).
The Jüdisches Museum Berlin were our neighbours for four years – we lived just a few doors down from them – so we were frequent visitors from when my eldest was around 2 until he was almost 5 (then we moved to the other side of town and didn’t visit as often). Many people mistake it for a purely Holocaust focused museum and think it’s unsuitable for children, which is doing it a huge disservice. Of course, the museum covers the Holocaust, but is also covers 2000 further years of Jewish history, so is no different to taking your kids to any other kind of history museum. In fact, it’s better than many other history museums we’ve been to, because they have really taken the effort to include elements in most of the galleries that appeal to children without specifically turning it in to a ‘children’s museums’ or dumbing it down for other visitors. When my eldest was 4, we made this little video to show just how much fun kids can have there!
Besides the galleries and exhibitions themselves, the museum also attracts many visitors for its building alone, which you may have caught sight of in the video, with its many unusual corners and angles designed by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind. It also boasts a big, covered courtyard and a lovely oasis of a garden, complete with a fountain, and deckchairs in summer. You are welcome to use both the courtyard and the garden free of charge, you only need to pay to go and see the exhibits. Since we didn’t have a garden of our own, we were frequent visitors there in all seasons and you can even bring your own picnic with you.