Humboldt Forum
© Illustration incorporating artwork by Bendix Bauer, Berlin
Hey, Look! Wow!

August 25, 2018, 9:00 AM

Hey, Look! Wow! Last chance to enjoy: Open Days of the Construction Site

@ Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace

Free admission, Sa: 9am–2pm, Su: 9am–6pm

in German and English

The Schlüter Courtyard ranked among the most outstanding masterpieces of Baroque architecture in northern Germany. It was designed by palace architect Andreas Schlüter as befitting the exalted status of Friedrich I, the first Prussian king. As part of the urban cultural quarter being developed with the Humboldt Forum, the reconstructed Schlüter Courtyard, complete with bistro and restaurant, will once again invite visitors to linger from late 2019 onward. This year’s Open Days of the Construction Site offers people the first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the courtyard in all its glory.

On the second floor surrounding the Schlüter Courtyard, the Ethnologisches Museum’s completed exhibition halls are also open for visitors to inspect. The outdoor area, with its three reconstructed Baroque facades complemented by a modern facade designed by architect Franco Stella, offers a festive space for a colourful, entertaining and informative stage programme, which this year has been put together by the friends’ association Berliner Schloss e.V.

State and Cathedral Choir of Berlin
Humboldt Jazz Explorers
Schlüter Courtyard

Surrounded by beautiful Baroque stonework, visitors can learn more about the construction, architecture and contents of the Humboldt Forum as well as the reconstruction of the palace facades. Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra will play music by Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, and the Staats- und Domchor Berlin and the Universität der Künste Boys Choir, accompanied by the wind ensemble Hauptstadtblech, will sings works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Nicolai; the Humboldt Jazz Explorers, the school jazz band of the Humboldt Gymnasium in Berlin’s Tegel district will also take to the stage. Visitors of all ages will be able to satisfy their thirst for knowledge and their appetite for street food at a variety of stands providing fascinating information, delicious food and drink, interactive fun, experimental activities and interesting speakers. The programme is rounded off late on Sunday afternoon by a Samba show performed by Brazilian artist Girlene Santos and her show-dancing group. The final Open Days of the Construction Site are set to be a true folk festival.


Saturday, August 25, 9am–2pm

9.00 Admission Grounds open

9.30 Live music Humboldt-Gymnasium jazz band

10.00 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

10.30 Information on the Humboldt Forum

11.30 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

13.00 End

Last admission to the Schlüter Courtyard at 11.30am
Last admission to the construction site at 1.15pm

Sunday, August 26, 9am–6pm

Events will take place on the stage in the Schlüter Courtyard.

9.00 Admission Grounds open

9.00 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

9.30 Information on the Humboldt Forum

11.00 Live music Hauptstadtblech & Staats- und Domchor Berlin / Knabenchor der Universität der Künste (Hauptstadtblech & The Berlin State and Cathedral Choir / The Berlin University of Arts Boys Choir)

11.45 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

12.40 Live Music Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra

11.45 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

15.00 Information on the Humboldt Forum

16.00 Film Das Berliner Schloss: Ein Traum wird gebaut (The Berlin Palace: Building the Dream)

16.30 Dance and music Copacabana Sambashow

18.00 End

Last admission at 5.15pm

Additional Programme on Saturday

Berliner Philharmonie Concert (sold out)
From 4 pm to 6 pm the Philarmonic Orchestra will play a concert in the Schlüter Hof. The concert is sold out. To make it possible for as many visitors as possible to experience this outstanding cultural highlight, the concert is being broadcasted into the Berliner Dom as a public screening. On rbb the concert will be broadcast on the same day at 10.15pm.

Long Night of Museums
From 8 pm to 2 am on Sunday the Construction site will be open as part of the Long Night of Museums (with a ticket of the Long Night).


Schlossplatz 5, 10178 Berlin, north entrance to the left of the Humboldt-Box

The Days of the Open Construction Site have been organised by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. Ideas, planning and preparations for the Humboldt Forum’s cultural activities are supported by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Minister of State, Monika Grütters.


Förderverein Berliner Schloss e.V., Museum für Asiatische Kunst and Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin and Kulturprojekte Berlin.
  • Förderverein Berliner Schloss e.V.
  • Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Stadtmuseum Berlin
  • Kulturprojekte Berlin

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