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The Mauermuseum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, also known as the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, has been in its current location since 1963, just 2 years after the Berlin Wall was built. Its collection grew along with the wall, and many of the exhibits were gifts to the museum’s founders from friends on both sides of the wall, including those who made the dangerous decision to escape East Berlin. This unique museum has its own character which might not appeal to all guests, but a patient and interested visitor will find a lot to enjoy and will learn plenty about the wall, Berlin, and other struggles for freedom around the world.
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Skip-the-Line: Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie
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Visit the Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie. Founded shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall, this museum had a vital role in history and the objects on display in the museum provide evidence of this.
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Top Tips

1. The museum can get extremely busy, so visit first thing or in the evening - it’s open until 10 pm, so you can save it for after dinner.
Haus am Checkpoint Charlie | Photo: Flickr, Olivier Bruchez - CC BY-SA 2.0
2. There’s no air conditioning, and with the crowds, it can get unpleasantly hot inside. If you can, save your trip for a rainy day, or visit after the sun starts to set in summer to avoid the stickiest times of the day.
Haus am Checkpoint Charlie | Photo: Flickr, Olivier Bruchez - CC BY-SA 2.0
3. Entry to the Mauermuseum is free with the Berlin Pass, or you can get a discount of 25% on entry with the Belin Welcome Card. Entry is not included in the Berlin Museum Pass.
4. Make sure you pick up a map of the museum or have the one from the museum’s website open on your phone while you visit. The layout isn’t very clearly signposted so you’ll need it to make sure you see all the exhibits you want to see and don’t keep doubling back on yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see in the museum?

The main exhibits focus on life in Berlin from 1961 (when the Berlin Wall was built) to the fall of the Berlin Wall and catalogue the stories of those who lived on either side, who escaped (or tried to escape), or who helped others cross from East to West. Some of the most interesting items on display are related to the ingenious ways in which people managed to escape, from modified cars to hot air balloons and a mini-submarine. There’s also a collection of political art, and exhibitions dedicated to NATO and other notable struggles for freedom - including the current conflict in Ukraine and the regime in North Korea.

Is it close to Checkpoint Charlie?

The museum is a few doors down from Checkpoint Charlie and has been since 1963. At that time it wasn’t just a collection of objects, but a site for activists and those seeking to help people escape to West Berlin, who could keep an eye on the border from the house’s windows. Many of the exhibit’s items were donated by those who knew the founders during the time the wall was standing.

Are the exhibits suitable for children?

Adults visiting with children will probably have to do a lot of explaining - the stories are told mostly via boards of text, and there’s a lot of information given. There are several items on display which kids might find extremely interesting (such as the hot air balloon and the car with a hidden compartment), so you might want to skip over some parts of the exhibits which are less engaging.

How long does it take to visit the museum?

There’s a lot inside the museum, and it takes upwards of 2 hours to see everything. If you’re only interested in the Cold War and history of the Berlin Wall you could see those sections in less than 2 hours, and if you’re planning to read every piece of information then you can easily spend 3 or 4 hours taking everything in.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The museum is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm.

Address:

Mauermuseum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Friedrichstrasse 43 - 45
10969 Berlin

How to get there:

The Mauermuseum can be easily reached via U-Bahn to Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie (U6) or by bus numbers M29 and N6 to the same stop.

Tickets:

Tickets cost €14.50 for adults, €9.50 for students or disabled visitors, €7.50 for children aged between 7 and 18, and €6.50 for those receiving state benefits (for example for unemployment). Entry is free for children aged 6 and under, and for registered carers for disabled visitors. Audio guides and photo permits cost €5.
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