Berlin museums. 1. Museum of Communication

Berlin Museum of Communication facade day
1. Museum of Communication in Berlin – front facade

 

The building was erected in between 1871 and 1874, originally as a museum of Post. It was one of the first technology museums in the world; it’s mission was to show the progress of communication methods from the middle ages up until the XIX century. The opening was attended by Kaiser Wilhelm I himself

 

Berlin Museum of Communication facade close day
2. Museum of Communication in Berlin – ornaments

 

The structure was renovated in the 1890’s. During those works a sculpture by Erns Weck was added as a façade’s centerpiece – Giants holding a globe – an allegory for how the communication technology envelops the entire world.

Berlin Museum of Communication facade atlas
3. Museum of Communication in Berlin – giants holding a globe

The building is decorated in a revivalist style, containing mostly neoclassical elements.

Berlin Museum of Communication facade hermes
4. Museum of Communicatoin in Berlin – Hermes, the Greek god of transitions and boundaries

The museum was closed during both wars, it was severely damaged during the Berlin bombing in World War II.

During the communist times the building found itself in the East Berlin territory, under soviet jurisdiction. Up until 1981 the museum only showed a collection of stamps.

In 1981 it was reopened as East German museum of post.

Berlin Museum of Communication inside3
5. Museum of Communication in Berlin – the main hall

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany it was decided that the building needs to be renovated and reinvented with a new function. The works started at the beginning of the 1990’s and involved building a new underground floor, among others.

Berlin Museum of Communication inside1
6. Museum of Communication in Berlin – modern art next to old statues

It was reopened in 2000 as a Museum of Communication. It serves this function in Berlin ever since.

Berlin Museum of Communication inside2

Berlin Museum of Communication inside4
7,8. Museum of Communication in Berlin – robot cleaners dressed up in christmass suits

The old exhibits from before the war and the division of Germany are now located mainly in Frankfurt (where the museum was moved in the late 1940’s). The Berlin collection consists mainly of history of transport (old cars, cartography equipment etc.), of the Post Office in Germany and of written communication.

Berlin Museum of Communication facade night

Berlin Museum of Communication facade close night
9,10. Museum of Communication in Berlin by night

You can visit the Museum’s website here:

http://www.mfk-berlin.de/

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