Wednesday, October 24 - More Museums

By the time we got going this morning most of the rest of the group had already left but we saw the Hitchcocks, who were staying an extra day, and arranged to meet them for dinner. Then we went back to take a bus to the Kulturforum, near the Potsdamer Platz, where there were more museums. The Kulturforum contains a number of museums and other institutions and was developed when the Museum Island was isolated in East Berlin.

When we got there we were a little confused because they had covered the name of the Gemaeldegalerie with an advertising banner, but we finally found someone to follow and got there. There is a large common lobby area with three parts attached. These are the Gemaeldegalerie, for Old Masters, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Graphic Arts and Art Library.

We went to the Gemaeldegalerie, which has a magnificent collection of works form the Renaissance through the 18th C. I managed to get some pictures of what we saw, as I was getting better at flash-less pictures in poor light. After we were sated with this, and we noticed our threshold was lowering for this, we went on the the Museum of Decorative Arts. This was not too large but had some fascinating things.

After that we went to the cafeteria for lunch and then tried the Museum of Graphic Arts, but we rapidly faded. So we set out to walk over to the Potsdamer Platz, but found that to be not too interesting except for shoppers. We started looking for a bus stop but couldn't see it. I asked a young man at a street corner but he said he didn't know and we wandered on. Then a few moments later he came over to us and pointed it out. Very friendly.

We really needed a rest at this point but did a little shopping before returning to the hotel. Then we met the Hitchcocks for dinner and went down the street to an Italian restaurant where we had a very pleasant evening.

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