A haven for writers, designers, and lovers of typography, the quirky not-for-profit Buchstabenmuseum is a wonderfully eclectic and eccentric collection of letters and type rescued from buildings and advertisements. Temporarily tucked away in the Berlin Carre Shopping Centre across from the TV tower at Alexanderplatz, Buchstabenmuseum is overflowing with fonts of every shape, size and colour.
Letters and characters are squeezed into every corner – in piles, lying on the floor, hanging from pipes, leaning against walls, some freestanding and others neon-lit. Despite an initially haphazard seeming approach, the collection is actually very cleverly curated. Each letter offers its own info card detailing its origin and history. The layout is themed by colour, with the red room showing the greatest diversity.
Preserving and informing is the simple goal of his seductive museum, and it achieves this alongside revealing the artistry of letterforms. The owners have created something unique and beguiling. It reminds us of one of our other favourite lesser-known gems, the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.
Buchstabenmuseum currently has no restaurants, cafes, or bars.
At the entrance you’ll find two stands holding postcards with images of typography. The postcards are unique to the museum and are instantly recognisable to those in the know. For those receiving them who aren’t in the loop, the interesting take on the postcard should put a smile on their face.
+49 (0) 177 420 15 87
Thursday – Saturday 13.00 – 15.00
U-Bahn: Alexanderplatz (U2, U5, U8)
S-Bahn: Alexanderplatz (S5, S7, S9, S75)