Welcome to the Website of the Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmerdorf!
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum in Villa Oppenheim
Schloßstraße 55 / Otto-Grüneberg-Weg
Phone:+49 30 - 90 29 24 106
Fax: +49 30 - 90 29 24 160
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 11 am – 5 pm
24 December 2016 (Christmas Eve) closed
31 December 2016 (New Years Eve) closed
Free Admission | Barrier Free Accessibility
How to find us
Underground/U-Bahn: U2 (Sophie-Charlotte-Platz); U7 (Richard-Wagner-Platz)
Bus: M45, 309 (Schloß Charlottenburg); 109 (Luisenplatz / Schloß Charlottenburg)
The Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf was founded in 1987. It is dedicated to the research and mediation of the regional history of the borough and the cultural history of Berlin in general.
Since January 2012, the museum is housed in the Oppenheim Villa. The prestigious villa, built in 1881, was the summer residence for Margarete Oppenheim (née Mendelssohn) and Otto Georg Oppenheim. In 1911 the Oppenheim Villa was sold to the city of Charlottenburg. The former estate at this place, already inhabited by the Mendelssohn family, was named “Sorgenfrei” (sans souci), which is also the title of an exhibition documenting both, the history of the villa and its inhabitants.
The main emphasis of the museum is on the historical Art Collection of the once independent city of Charlottenburg and the permanent exhibition “WESTEN!”. The Art Collection was compiled by the initiative of the “Deputation for Artistic Matters” of the town of Charlottenburg in 1908 and experienced a significant expansion in 1912 by the private Raussendorff Foundation. It primarily consists of paintings and sculptures from the 19th century and the Berlin Secession, including works by Walter Leistikow, Hans Baluschek, Franz Skarbina and Max Liebermann.
The collection is being presented to the public for the very first time in the permanent exhibition “Sammlerstücke” on the first floor of the Villa Oppenheim.
Since 2014 the show “WESTEN!” in the Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf traces the history of the 2001 joined district, focusing on the special role of both “beautiful sisters” Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf emerging as a second town center City-West, alongside the Historical Center of Berlin.
With the use of multimedia and a wide range of interesting objects the exhibition is devoted to events and people that have shaped the district for a period of over three centuries.
There are also special temporary exhibitions committed to topics and people of regional and cultural history.
Research and Archive
The top floor of Villa Oppenheim accommodates the archive, the library and the inventory of the museum.
Access to parts of the collection is possible on request and arrangement of an appointment.
A wide spectrum of regional and cultural-historic lectures, readings and other events, guided tours and concerts together with the permanent and special exhibitions make Villa Oppenheim a cultural center of Charlottenburgs museum landscape. Located idyllically next to Schustehruspark, you can experience a combination of both animating and relaxing pleasures of arts and culture.
Education and Outreach
With its extensive programme of events the museum is directed towards all visitors, whether adults, young people or children. In addition, experienced museum educators offer workshops connected with the art and cultural history of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, as well as guided exhibition tours and district walk-abouts.
It is also possible to book guided tours in either English or French language.
The various activities are addressed to day-care centers, schools and welcoming-classes as well as adults.
They can also be designed inclusive, intergenerational and intercultural. Dates by prior arrangement.
Every first Sunday of the month, on Family Sunday`s, not only children but their older attendants too, can be captivated by stories, historical games, museum explorations and crafting, the main focus being on the intergenerational dialogue.