Skip to content
FTRC.BLOG / Europe / Germany / Berlin / Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin: Exploring the Museum of Letters

Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin: Exploring the Museum of Letters

  • Berlin
  • 5 min read
  • Last updated on

Berlin, a city known for its art scene and world-class museums, needed something like the Buchstabenmuseum. The Museum of Letters, like it is known for some people, is the place to preserve, restore and exhibit signage from Berlin and around the world. If you are a typography lover like me, you will love the site.

I was there back in May 2014 for the opening of On the Wall – Lettering versus Calligraphy, and I managed to find time to explore the museum. I was more than happy with it. The pictures here are a few of the ones I took there. If you want to see more, you will have to go there and explore.


The Buchstabenmuseum was opened to the public back in 2008, and it was so popular that the museum had to move to a bigger space. The museum researches and documents the story behind the signs. It is the place to be if you care about the unique typographic qualities of those letters that survive on the rainy and snowy days on the streets.

When we visited the location, the museum was housed in a former GDR supermarket called Handelsorganisation next to the Jannowitzbrücke U-Bahn station in Mitte. And the place is big enough to hold the exhibition ground and what I called the archive, where new obtained letters arrive and are stored. Nowadays, they are set up next to the Bellevue S-Bahn station.

Since most of the letters exhibited at the museum were designed to be mounted on the top of buildings, viewing them up close is a different experience. Sometimes you need more space than provided to see the letters in all their glory. It will be the first time they see these letters in all their details for most people. What, sometimes, may include peeling paint, rusted metal, dead plants and even spider webs.

There is a story online that Berlin has more than 200 museums. If this is true or not, we don’t know but one of my favorite art museums in the city is known as Buchstabenmuseum, but I like to call it the Museum of Letters. I like to call it like that because, inside the building, you will see a large number os neon signage from Berlin and around the world.

Seeing these letters from so close is an unusual experience that turns these letters into gateways into a not so distant past. I was glad to bring my camera with a fisheye lens, or I wouldn’t be able to picture most of what I saw there.

But there are still problems there. Since the Buchstabenmuseum runs entirely by volunteers, it works under constant resources and time constraints. And, while the increase in public meant more money, nearly all of it goes straight into rent and maintenance.

And this is why I decided to write about the museum here and help bring more people there. The price of admission is cheap, and you will love to visit the place and see all those big letters, even if you are not a typing maniac like me.

The Buchstabenmuseum is located at Stadtbahnbogen 424, and you can take the train to Bellevue to arrive there without any problems. But the pictures here are from when the museum was still located next to Jannowitzbrücke since we wrote this article back in 2014.

The museum is open from Thursday to Saturday from 13:00 until 17:00 and click here to know the admission price. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop!

Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin: Exploring the Museum of Letters

Stadtbahnbogen 424, 10557 Berlin


If you like what you read here, you should join our Discord channel; there, you will find a place for open discussions about all the themes we talk about here, and it is a free space for you to share your questions, comments and suggestions.

If you are not a fan of the platform, you also can join us on our Facebook group or our Twitter and Instagram. We usually post all the lovely images we see and do there, together with curating the best links of all World Wide Web. No joke!

Subscribe to our newsletter for discounts in hotels and photo gear, freebies and much more.

Felipe Tofani

Felipe Tofani

Felipe Tofani is a passionate designer with a penchant for crafting unique experiences and a mixed taste in music. As the curator behind this blog's explorations, he takes pride in discovering fascinating destinations. Whether unearthing hidden gems or sharing captivating historical narratives, Felipe is the creative force driving the stories you find here. Join him on a journey of design, discovery, and the delightful rhythm of unconventional tunes.View Author posts