The Jewish Museum allows the visitor to wind their way through architect Daniel Libeskind's zigzag design of the building through 2000 years of Jewish History. There are exhibitions on the Holocaust that are stark and resounding (literally) and walkways telling of religious history starting at the Garden Eden.
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Jewish Museum Berlin
Designed by architect, Daniel Libeskind, The Jewish Museum Berlin is much more than a museum - it is more of an interactive, full-day event that takes you through the history of Jews not only in Germany, but the world.
Seeing the building itself is an experience. Once inside you are given headphones for a self-guided tour and taken into different rooms and spaces that evoke emotions and sensations that can at times be disconcerting. But, that's the point.
Be prepared to hike up stair cases, walk outdoors to concrete monument installations and interact with new media experiences. It's a bit daunting, but worth the time. You'll leave changed.
I was wandering the side streets of Kreuzberg after visiting the Jewish Museum and was suddenly struck how the plastered posters throughout the city created unlikely art created by pops of neon color and rhythmic patterns. I found this scene to perfectly encapsulate the mix of Berlin's strong historical roots with its youthful, creative energy.
These 10,000 iron cut-outs are from the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The architect designed this room with a purpose. When you walk on the faces (imagine) they grind together in a shriek/scream of metal against metal. The walking is difficult and uncomfortable to your feet—the combination of noise and discomfort being the point of this particular space. The room itself is a cold, lonely slab of concrete. It achieves everything the architect wanted it to. This is but one of many fascinating things to see at this museum.
This is in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, a fascinating place which is more about the culture than the Holocaust . . . except for this. You're supposed to walk on them, but I couldn't do it. They clank when you do.