Opening hours and Admission
Daily except Tuesdays, 11 am – 6 pm, Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
Admission is free of charge. You can book your free time slot ticket before your visit.
We ask you to note the following before taking in the exhibition:
- The current SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance of the State of Berlin applies
- It is mandatory for visitors over 6 years of age to wear a medical mask.
- The generally applicable distance and hygiene rules apply throughout the building and in the exhibition rooms.
- In accordance with the regulations of the State of Berlin, documentation of attendance is required.
- Please understand that if you do not comply with these official requirements, we will not be able to admit you to the PalaisPopulaire.
Book tours and workshops for individual visitors and groups
Contact and Public Transportation
Tel.: +49 30 20 20 93 0
Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin
U6 Unter den Linden
S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9 Friedrichstraße
100, 300 Staatsoper
Guests arriving by car can use the fee based parking facility at Unter den Linden/Staatsoper (access via Behrenstraße 37).
Find out more about certifications on Reisen für Alle (only available in German).
For visitors with restricted mobility and visitors with strollers the PalaisPopulaire can be accessed via a ramp at the main entrance on Bebelplatz. All exhibition rooms are stepless or can be reached by elevator. There is a wheelchair-accessible lavatory on the ground floor.
For security reasons, we reserve the right to regulate access to the exhibition rooms of people with strollers (e.g. when there is a large number of visitors). There is a space where you can store a stroller.
The nearest barrier-free U-Bahn, S-Bahn, and regional train station is Friedrichstrasse (U6, S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, S26, RE1, RE2, RE7, RB14, RB21, RB22), approx. 1.2 km away. Find more information here.
To make it easier for visitors with disabilities to get to the PalaisPopulaire, we recommend using the free VBB (the Berlin and Brandenburg transportation agency) bus and train escort services. You can find booking details and more information here.
You can find out more about our barrier-free offers here.
Parking near the PalaisPopulaire (approx. 400 m)
For persons with reduced mobility there is the possibility to park in the "Staatsoper" parking garage at Bebelplatz in reserved places.
At the PalaisPopulaire
All exhibition rooms can be reached by elevator or without steps. The ground floor and basement each have a WC suitable for wheelchairs.
The museum area extends over 4 floors and has an elevator. All exhibition rooms are stepless.
It is possible to take a guide dog with you. For blind and visually impaired visitors, a tactile floor plan, tactile images of individual exhibits, the exhibition flyer, and a restaurant menu in Braille are available for your visit at the museum counter. If you need help, please contact the museum counter.
Access to the PalaisPopulaire
Main entrance via the terrace
- Stone staircase 5 steps with railing
- 3 steps to the entrance without railing
- Door at entrance opens automatically inwards, 2-leaf, 1.30 m wide
Main entrance via ramp
- The PalaisPopulaire is accessible to disabled visitors with pushchairs or wheelchairs via a ramp at the main entrance on Bebelplatz
- Ramp runs 22 m along the terrace. Incline 6%, width 1.20 m
- Ramp at the entrance is 5.75 m long with an incline of 6.5%.
- Door opens automatically inwards, 1-leaf, width 1.30 m
Access to the exhibition rooms
- Door for exhibition opens automatically to the outside, 2-leaf, width 1.55
- Showroom doors open automatically, 1 sliding door, width 1.30 m
- Floor space 1.40 x 2.40 m
- Door width 1.13 m
- Elevator door height 2.20 m
Barrier-free sanitary facilities (gender-neutral)
- Bottom floor via elevator, 2 doors (not automatic) open inwards (1st door) and outwards (2nd door): width 1.13 m, movement area 2.32 x 3.96 m, moving right and left of WC, handles left and right foldable, height of WC seat 48 cm, emergency call available
- Ground floor right of entrance: door opens to the outside, width 1.13 m, movement area 2.00 x 2.71 m, moving right and left of WC, handles can be folded left and right, height of WC seat 48 cm, emergency calls available
For safety reasons, we reserve the right to regulate access to exhibition rooms with baby carriages if necessary (e.g. in the event of a large number of visitors). Parking spaces are available for baby carriages.
An Open House
The PalaisPopulaire is forum for people who want to experience art, culture in an interdisciplinary way under one roof. To this end, our museum offers a wide-ranging program that brings together diverse aspects of contemporary culture. This includes exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection and presentations of the “Artist of the Year” program. The shows stem from international cooperation partners or private collections.
A special focus is on our tailor-made program of events, including curatorial and thematic tours, dialogic workshop concerts with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, readings, as well as workshop offers for young and old. The PalaisTalks give visitors have the opportunity to meet artists featured in the exhibitions and actors from the world of culture live. #PalaisPopulaireForYou combines the PalaisPopulaire’ various digital offers.
Situated in the heart of Berlin, the PalaisPopulaire amalgamates tradition and the future. We want to inspire people and create access. “Populaire,” or “popular,” means that the Palais is open to all without sophistication falling by the wayside. The PalaisPopulaire merges challenging topics with new and shared experiences. You can learn more about Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the arts and culture at: here.
A Building Steeped in History
From the residence of Prussian princesses to an innovative platform for art and culture: For the PalaisPopulaire, the rooms of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais were redesigned by the renowned Berlin-based architectural office Kuehn Malvezzi. Today, behind the baroque façade there is state-of-the-art technology and clear, contemporary architecture. The building reflects Berlin’s eventful history. It tells of princesses and wars, as well as East German modern art.
Photo: David von Becker © VG Bild-Kunst 2020
Tony Cragg “Runner”
Continual change is a constant in the work of Tony Cragg. Almost no other sculptor has given bronze, high-grade steel, stone, and plastic such dynamic elegance. So far, he has received the Turner Prize and the Praemium Imperiale for his work. His almost six-meter-high sculpture Runner (2017) was installed in front of the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin in April 2019.
The sculptor, who was born in Liverpool and has lived in Wuppertal since 1977, is one of the key artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection. At an early stage, the bank collected many of Cragg’s works on paper. His monumental sculpture Secretions (1998), composed of thousands of dice, has a prominent place at Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters.
Mathias Schormann © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2020
VALIE EXPORT “Die Doppelgängerin”
From September 9, 2020, the sculpture Die Doppelgängerin (2010/20) by the Austrian filmmaker, media and performance artist VALIE EXPORT will be on view in front of the PalaisPopulaire. Two gigantic scissors are interlocked to form a figure that is both delicate and threatening. The work, which is over four meters high, triggers myriad associations. Traditionally, scissors are associated with sewing, tailoring, and other “feminine” spheres, but also with the male fear of castration and violence with “female” connotations.
Born in 1940, VALIE EXPORT is one of the pioneers of the feminist avant-garde and conceptual media, performance art, and film art. One of the leading representatives of the “European Expanded Cinema” movement, she attempted back in the 1960s to radically push the boundaries of conventional cinema. Time and time again, the artist, born in 1940, has addressed discrimination against women and violence directed against females with hotly debated actions and works such as her famous Tapp- und Tastkino (Tap and Touch Cinema, 1968).
The temporary display has been kindly supported by the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Tom Sachs "Kitty Fountain"
Photo: Mathias Schormann, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul © Tom Sachs
Tom Sachs’ three-meter-high Kitty Fountain, cast in bronze, was created in 2008 and was originally part of the monumental sculpture ensemble The Codependent Fountain Tableau. This group of fountain sculptures was installed in the Noguchi Gardens of New York’s Lever House in 2008 and shown in the same year in an exhibition on Place du Trocadéro overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
For the ensemble, Sachs brought together the iconic children’s characters “Hello Kitty” and “My Melody,” both launched by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1974, with “Miffy,” a small rabbit designed by Dutch author and graphic designer Dick Bruna in 1955. All three characters are mass marketed as merchandising products and are characterized by strong graphic stylization, running counter to the idea of a detailed, classical sculpture. Kitty Fountain “was invented purely as a merchandising and licensed character,” Sachs said in 2008. “To then redo that in a ‘fine’ material like bronze, I think is really to the point.”
The PalaisPopulaire app for smartphones is multimedia accompaniment for your visit. Integrated in the app are various audio guides in English and German for adults and children that provide a great deal of information and graphically explain the background of the exhibitions. The calendar function gives detailed information about our program and enables you to easily store dates in your own calendar.
Available for free in the App Store and from Google Play
Berlin Art Week 2021
Berlin Art Week is ten years old—a reason to look forward to the fall. The event will take place from September 15 – 19. A variety of players from the contemporary art scene will present new exhibitions, artist talks, and workshops throughout Berlin. A new feature this year: Gallery Weekend *Discoveries will take place in parallel. The participating galleries will focus on young and unknown artists. The PalaisPopulaire is part of it. It will open its new “Artists of the Year” exhibition, showcasing three artists who deal with human condition and call for radical rethinking.
In the LePopulaire we also offer guests culinary treats, from a quick snack to exclusive dinner event. Enjoy modern cuisine and homemade pastries in PalaisPopulaire’s Forum or on the terrace!
Daily except Tuesdays, 11 am – 6 pm
Depending on your ideas and objectives, you can use the forum and the sun terrace on the ground floor, or the atelier on the top floor. If desired, we will round off your event with an art, culture and create an unmistakable platform for you.
We are looking forward to hearing from you with your event ideas!