The Letter Museum “Buchstabenmuseum” has a mission to preserve the different letters, fonts that our different languages and cultures has. As in many countries, vintage letters in metal, acryl etc is very popular in northern europe. The museum consists of a vast amount of all kinds of letters, which origins from the streets, where the homogenization of the urban landscapes, makes this kind of craftsmanship more and more rare. In the Buchstabenmuseum, you find examples of old letter-signs for the facades of old shops and companies, which all have some kind of unique design, layout, color, light etc. One of the great things about this place, is that you see the letters or sign out of their original context, and somehow this makes the letters stand out as individual sculptures. The letters is collected from all over the world, but mainly Berlin, Germany and Austria.
The museum was founded as a charitable organization back in 2005 and it became possible for the public to visit the collection in 2008. Due to the fact that the museum just recently got new space, they are at the moment planning how to manage the exhibition best. So when we visited the letters where not yet put in any system of color, size – which actually provided to the raw and urban feel. The plans for the decor looked really interesting and we are convinced that the Buchstabenmuseum also will be worth a visit.
If you love this kind of interior decor and typography, this is for sure the place to go when visiting Berlin. We have heard that some find the place hard to find, but it is located a bit hidden, just a few minutes from the TV tower, in the Berlin Carre shopping mall. Get off at Alexanderplatz, and go hunting for this cool museum. It will not “letter” you down…
Holzmarktstraße 66, 10179 Berlin (Mitte)
Opening times Thu-Sun 1-5pm