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The Museum Barberini: Potsdam’s new art museum, opens January 2017

With the Museum Barberini a new cultural attraction came to Potsdam. Exhibitions range from the Old Masters to contemporary art with a focus on impressionism. Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international private collections and museums.

The exhibitions are prepared at academic conferences with international curators and researchers. In addition, Art Stories as rotating presentations place prominent works in a new context and increase awareness of original artworks.

Barberini Digital also ties into this. This virtual experience provides additional context and new aspects of the artworks and engages virtually with the original artwork.

The Museum Barberini in the reconstructed palace is located in the historic center of Potsdam on the square Alte Markt near the Stadtschloss (City Palace) where the Brandenburg Parliament meets. The building’s courtyard opens onto Alte Fahrt with access to the Havelterrassen and a view of the Freundschaftsinsel on the opposite bank. Both the ambitious reconstruction project and the operation of the museum are funded by the Hasso Plattner Stiftung.

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View of the historic center of Potsdam with the Museum Barberini, 2016, photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

View of the historic center of Potsdam with the Museum Barberini, 2016, photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

With the Museum Barberini a new cultural attraction came to Potsdam. Exhibitions range from the Old Masters to contemporary art with a focus on impressionism. Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international private collections and museums.

With the Museum Barberini a new cultural attraction came to Potsdam. Exhibitions range from the Old Masters to contemporary art with a focus on impressionism. Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international private collections and museums.

View of the historic center of Potsdam with the Museum Barberini, 2016, photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

View of the historic center of Potsdam with the Museum Barberini, 2016, photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

The exhibitions are prepared at academic conferences with international curators and researchers. In addition, Art Stories as rotating presentations place prominent works in a new context and increase awareness of original artworks.

Barberini Digital also ties into this. This virtual experience provides additional context and new aspects of the artworks and engages virtually with the original artwork.

The Museum Barberini in the reconstructed palace is located in the historic center of Potsdam on the square Alte Markt near the Stadtschloss (City Palace) where the Brandenburg Parliament meets. The building’s courtyard opens onto Alte Fahrt with access to the Havelterrassen and a view of the Freundschaftsinsel on the opposite bank. Both the ambitious reconstruction project and the operation of the museum are funded by the Hasso Plattner Stiftung.

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Barberini Palace: Stories of a Building
January 23 to October 3, 2017

In January 2017 the Museum Barberini moved into the reconstructed Barberini Palace.

This historic eighteenth-century building was inspired by the Palazzo Barberini in Rome. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Barberini Palace was altered and used as an assembly house for artistic and cultural societies, and later housed government agencies before its destruction in 1945.

A short exhibition presents the eventful history of the construction and use of this imposing building, bringing to life the Barberini Palace’s past through numerous photographs and documents, many of which can be seen here for the first time.

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Ernst Eichgrün: Palazzo Barberini, 1907, Potsdam Museum - Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

Ernst Eichgrün: Palazzo Barberini, 1907, Potsdam Museum - Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

January 23 to October 3, 2017

In January 2017 the Museum Barberini moved into the reconstructed Barberini Palace.

This historic eighteenth-century building was inspired by the Palazzo Barberini in Rome. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Barberini Palace was altered and used as an assembly house for artistic and cultural societies, and later housed government agencies before its destruction in 1945.

A short exhibition presents the eventful history of the construction and use of this imposing building, bringing to life the Barberini Palace’s past through numerous photographs and documents, many of which can be seen here for the first time.

Ernst Eichgrün: Palazzo Barberini, 1907, Potsdam Museum - Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

Ernst Eichgrün: Palazzo Barberini, 1907, Potsdam Museum - Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

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Hasso Plattner, ©: Hasso Plattner Ventures

Hasso Plattner, ©: Hasso Plattner Ventures

Hasso Plattner

“Encounter the original, share the passion.”

Hasso Plattner
Benefactor and patron Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Hasso Plattner on the Museum Barberini’s mission

“Encounter the original, share the passion.”

Benefactor and patron Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Hasso Plattner on the Museum Barberini’s mission
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The Barberini Friends Card

Become a Barberini Friend. Purchase the Barberini Friends annual membership and use your membership card to visit exhibitions at the Museum Barberini as often as you like for one year. As a Barberini Friend you can bypass the entry lines. You can also book our events before advance tickets officially go on sale. A special e-mail newsletter for Barberini Friends will keep you up-to-date.

Membership cards are non-transferable and only valid in combination with a photo ID.


Barberini Friend
Annual Membership Individual
€ 30

Barberini Friends
Annual Membership Dual
€ 50

Barberini Young Friend
Annual Membership ages 35 and under
€ 20



Annual membership passes can only be purchased at the ticket desk in the museum.

Formular Jahreskarte

Become a Barberini Friend. Purchase the Barberini Friends annual membership and use your membership card to visit exhibitions at the Museum Barberini as often as you like for one year. As a Barberini Friend you can bypass the entry lines. You can also book our events before advance tickets officially go on sale. A special e-mail newsletter for Barberini Friends will keep you up-to-date.

Membership cards are non-transferable and only valid in combination with a photo ID.


Barberini Friend
Annual Membership Individual
€ 30

Barberini Friends
Annual Membership Dual
€ 50

Barberini Young Friend
Annual Membership ages 35 and under
€ 20



Annual membership passes can only be purchased at the ticket desk in the museum.

Formular Jahreskarte