Running parallel to the River Spree in central Berlin, the Bauhaus Archiv building is unmistakable – its silhouette is one of Berlin’s most recognisable landmarks. Designed by visionary Bauhaus Founder Walter Gropius, it is devoted to researching and presenting the history and influence of the Bauhaus School.
The legacy of the Bauhaus is clear throughout 20th century design, progressing and changing preconceived attitudes toward design in much the same way Apple has over the last decade. The collection at the Archiv therefore includes architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, photography, stage pieces, and student work. All of these selected pieces illustrate the continuing impact of the movement on modern day design. Particularly great examples on show include the Bauhaus Lamp, and the Vasily armchair, still heralded as modern classics.
The collection may seem sparse when compared to international Bauhaus exhibitions, but the excellently refined displays are extremely informative. The helpful staff are always more than happy to answer any questions and plug holes in your knowledge.
The annual museum programme features special exhibitions alongside numerous presentations, workshops, readings and concerts.
The small, and rather popular restaurant serves a menu that changes daily. The selection includes Käsespätzle, Risotto with Waldpilzen, Gnocchi, Hackfleischbällchen, and cakes. Stylish locals, as well as visitors, enjoy themselves here regularly.
The shop’s main space is dedicated to design objects that are obviously influenced by the great ideas of the Bauhaus. Stay calm when you can’t find books and publications here, they’re held and sold by the museums ticket counter.
+49 (0) 30 25 40 020
Monday 10.00 – 17.00
Wednesday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Monday, Saturday, Sunday € 7
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday € 6
U-Bahn: Nollendorfplatz (U1, U2, U3, U4)