Plan your visit

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Opening Hours 

Monday – Sunday 
11 am – 7 pm

Admission and Tickets

Regular € 12
Reduced € 8

Flexticket
Adults € 16
Children € 12

Guided Tour
only in German
at 1 pm and 5 pm
Ticket + € 5 

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Concessions
Reduced € 8 ticket
children age 6 – 18, trainees, those engaged in national or community service, students (up to the age of 27), ArtCard and Berlinpass holders

Group tickets
Family pass € 33 (2 adults + 3 children)
Schools € 5 per person, incl. guided tour
Groups get one free entry every 18 people

Free admission
ICOM, IAA, members of the press, Berlinpass BuT, refugees from Ukraine (upon presentation of a valid document of identity)
Getting here

Auguststraße 68
10117 Berlin

info@samuraimuseum.de
+49 30 62975635

Route

Public Transport
U-Bahn
U6 Oranienburger Tor, U8 Rosenthaler Platz

S-Bahn
S1, S2, S25, S26 Oranienburger Straße

Tram
M1, M5 Oranienburger Straße, M8 Rosenthaler Platz

Bus
142 Tucholskystraße, M41 Abgeordnetenhaus
Entry 

Please stick to your assigned time slot. Your admission time is indicated on your ticket. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your time slot begins. Re-entry and entry after your time slot are not possible. 

Guided tours 

During the guided tour (in German) you will be introduced to more than a thousand years of samurai history exemplified by selected objects from the collection. The 60-minute tours take place at 1 pm and 5 pm. You can book your guided tour in addition to your ticket online or on-site.  

At the moment we offer regular guided tours in German only. If you wish to book a tour in English, please contact us.  

Web-App 

Your ticket gives you exclusive, time-limited access to contents of the museum. Scan the QR-code on your ticket with your phone to learn more about the history of samurai and selected objects from the collection.  

Shop

Our museum shop showcases a wide variety of products inspired by the museum’s collection, as well as a curated selection of authentic Japanese articles. Exclusive collaborations and choice collector’s items will delight enthusiasts and laypersons alike. 

Safety Guidelines 
 

Please do not visit the museum if you are displaying symptoms or if you have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient in the last 14 days. 

We recommend wearing at least a medical mask and to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. 

 

Bags

It is only possible to bring bags and backpacks if their format is no bigger than A4. A limited number of lockers are available for larger items. 

 

Barrier-Free Access 

Except for one installation, the Samurai Museum is completely accessible to visitors with impaired mobility. The second floor can be reached with a lift. Please consult the personnel at the register about how to get there. Our staff is working on making the museum as accessible as possible to all our visitors. 

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FAQ

What was the first piece in the collection?
A katana which was bought 1981 in Berlin at the flea and art market “Strasse des 17. Juni“. Many years later the piece turned out to be a work of great craftsmanship. This purchase was the beginning of the collector’s passion, expanding further in the late '90s.
Are there known issues regarding the provenance of objects in the collection?
No. All exhibited objects were scrupulously checked against the existing sources known to us. We welcome clues and suggestions: info@samuraimuseum.de
What are your education offers?
Furthering the knowledge about the collection is very important to us. The QR-code on your ticket gives you access to a webapp on which you can discover exclusive content before and during your visit. A wide range of separately bookable guided tours are in development.
Cooperations & collaborations
As networking is very important to us, we always welcome new collaboration proposals. Feel free to contact us at: info@samuraimuseum.de
Why are there so many media stations in the museum?
Our state-of-the-art exhibition displays allow for a diverse media offer that’s easy to understand. Through it visitors gain lasting insights into the multifaceted world of the samurai, from their inception to the present. Together with Ars Electronica Solutions we developed an innovative exhibition concept, aimed to captivate both families and experts in the field.
Can the museum spaces be rented for private events?
Yes. Selected cultural and special events, that align with our profile can be held during closing hours. Please send us requests in advance, we will be happy to inform you about our pricing, conditions and requirements.
How many objects are on view?
The exhibits will be continuously changed and is in constant development. On average there are round 1000 objects on view.
How big is the Peter Janssen Collection?
The Peter Janssen Collection is one of the largest private collection of samurai artefacts worldwide and contains more than 4000 objects. It is unique for the extraordinary quality of single object and its bandwidth, reaching from armours to tea utensils and Nō masks. The museum is one-of-a-kind in Europe.
Why are there swastikas on some exhibits?
The swastika (Jap. manji) serves as a symbol for the sun and good fortune in many different cultures and was introduced in Japan alonside Buddhism through mainland Asia around the 6th century.