The Borough Museum in Prenzlauer Berg

Pankow Museum

The building where Pankow Museum is located was built in 1886 as a borough public school. It was designed by Hermann Blankenstein, head of the municipal planning and building control office in Berlin between 1872 and 1896. Thanks to him during this period over 120 schools were built in Berlin. A part of the building complex now houses Pankow high school and the local library.

The building on the left, formerly the school gym, is now the exhibition room of the museum. Since July 11, 2015, it has housed the exhibition “Discovering Nature in Berlin-Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg and Weißensee”. The exhibition showcases, in ten stages, why Berlin - and particularly our borough - is a green metropolis.

The blooming cherry trees, a present from Japan to Berlin to celebrate the reunification
The blooming cherry trees, a present from Japan to Berlin to celebrate the reunification

In the main building on your right, on the first floor you will find the exhibition “Alternative Plan – Prenzlauer Berg Before, During and After the Fall of the Wall”. Here we explore the structural decline, as well as the contemporary cultural awakening of 1989, and we document the significant changes in Prenzlauer Berg after the fall of the Wall.

Vigil of the Young Pioneers (youth organization of schoolchildren during the GDR) in front of the memorial for Ernst Thälmann in 1986
Vigil of the Young Pioneers (youth organization of schoolchildren during the GDR) in front of the memorial for Ernst Thälmann in 1986

Also on show, on the same floor, is the special exhibition “Sarah Haffner. A retrospective. Five decades in pictures/images”. At the entrance we tell you the story of Rykestraße Jewish school, once located in the front house of the synagogue complex. Through the lives of individual teachers and students, you discover the rich Jewish culture in Prenzlauer Berg before its destruction in the 1940s.

Students of Rykestraße Jewish school at a sport fest in 1938
Students of Rykestraße Jewish school at a sport fest in 1938

We wish you a pleasant stay in our home.


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After your visit, please have a Fassbrause (keg soda) or a Berlin craft beer in the many cafés and Kneipe in the area. In Prenzlauer Allee, right outside the museum entrance, you can take the M2 tram toward Alexanderplatz (4 min) or in the opposite direction toward Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn station (also 4 min).

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Your Pankow Museum

At the water tower