The Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin is an extraordinary museum which I've had the pleasure of visiting twice.
Buchstabenmuseum (the Museum of Letters) is overflowing with rescued letters from various public spaces, all types of letters decorate this musuem from metal signs to neon letters.
The Museum of Letters
It was first housed in a fairly small building, which used to be a former GDR supermarket, then when I visited again it had moved to a new location, equally as interesting not far from the Tiergarten.
“The Buchstabenmuseum is typical of the metropolis: it stands for a new Berlin that is a hotspot for creative and cultured types” — Buchstabenmuseum
On my second trip I was lucky enough to chat with one of the founders, Barbara Dechant. She gave an interesting insight into how the museum started and where they hope to go in the future.
The museum is devoted to saving and restoring these typographic signs, as well as documenting the stories behind them. They collect individual letters, logos and pictograms in all sizes, shapes and materials.
The Letter 'R'
Visiting Buchstabenmuseum is certainly a unique experience, and on my first trip I was particularly interested in a deconstructed neon sign; the letter ‘R’. It was displayed as four separate pieces demonstrating each part of the structure.
A Museum for the People
Buchstabenmuseum is a non-profit organisation and doesn't receive any public subsidies, so it's the people who visit and the volunteers who help to keep this special little museum alive. If you ever visit Berlin, be sure to put some time aside to visit!
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© Suz Guthrie 2020