Museum Barberini

A home for art

With the Museum Barberini, an additional cultural attraction has come to Potsdam.

Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents two to three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international private collections and museums.

The exhibitions range from the old masters to contemporary art, with a focus on Impressionism. The exhibitions are supported by academic conferences with international curators and researchers sharing their findings. In addition, the rotating Art Stories presentations place prominent works in a new context and increase awareness of original artworks.

The Museum Barberini, located in the reconstructed Barberini Palace, can be found on Alter Markt, a square in the historic center of Potsdam close to the Stadtschloss (City Palace), which is home to Brandenburg’s parliament. The building’s courtyard opens onto the Alte Fahrt river, with access to the Havelterrassen and a view of the Freundschaftsinsel, the island on the opposite bank. Both the ambitious reconstruction project and the operation of the museum are funded by the Hasso Plattner Foundation.


Barberini Digital encompasses all the museum’s digital projects: from the website’s media library, including films, interviews, essays, podcasts, and much more to the Barberini App, featuring audio guides and city walks, as well as various content on social media platforms. In the online collection, you can find short texts and long reads about the artworks from the Hasso Plattner Collection, information about their exhibition history, provenance, and literature references. Further access to the art is given by 360degree camera views of the exhibitions and virtual programs such as online guided tours. 


Educational programs at the Museum Barberini focus on encountering original works of art together and engaging with works of art through entertaining experiences. Tours and workshops appeal to children, teens, and adults. Some of the programs are designed to be intergenerational, and some focus on a particular age group. Another focus is on barrier-free access to art which includes offerings for the blind and visually impaired as well as in simple language. 




Foto: David von Becker

© Photo: David von Becker

Visitors enjoying the artwork at Museum Barberini

© Photo: Henry Balaszeskul