Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin hosts the world’s largest collection of materials on the history and influence of the Bauhaus.  


Foto: Karsten Hintz / © 2020 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Das Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, Architekten: Walter Gropius, Alex Cvijanovic und Hans Bandel


the temporary bauhaus-archiv / museum für gestaltung
Knesebeckstraße 1-2
10623 Berlin

U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz
Location via Google Maps

Opening hours
Monday - Saturday, 10-18 hrs
entrance free

Phone +49 (0) 30-254002-0



The extensive collection of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung goes back to the initiative of the German art historian Hans Maria Wingler, who collected the material legacy of the Bauhaus from around the world from 1960 onwards. Today, the collection includes works from all areas of the Bauhäusler’s creative work – including an architecture collection comprising 14,000 plans, a graphic collection of 12,000 sheets, a photo archive with 72,000 photographs as well as objects and furniture from all phases of the Bauhaus development. The core holdings include the partial estate of the Bauhaus director Walter Gropius, which includes manuscripts, letters, photographs and plans of his works. Gropius and his American architectural office TAC are also responsible as architects for the Bauhaus Archive building, which was completed in 1979 and has been a listed building since 1997.

From the very beginning, the Bauhaus-Archiv has been a place of active knowledge production – whether in researching the history and impact of the Bauhaus or in presenting and communicating it in exhibitions, publications and events. The programme of the house pursues both current topics and questions about contemporary design and the continued impact of the Bauhaus ideas. Its museum educational formats for all age groups have received numerous awards.



With up to 120,000 visitors from all over the world every year, the spatial capacity limits of the building have long been exhausted. In order to cope with the increasing number of visitors and the steadily growing collection, an extension is currently being built to a design by Staab Architekten Berlin. The existing building designed by Walter Gropius is being renovated in accordance with the preservation order and will in future include an archive and library, while the new building will house the museum. A glass tower marks the entrance to the new Bauhaus-Archiv and serves museum educational purposes. The opening is scheduled for 2025.

Staab Architekten
Rendering Neubau des Bauhaus-Archivs / Museum für Gestaltung

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The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is currently closed. During the period of construction work, the temporary bauhaus-archiv in Berlin-Charlottenburg will take on the function of an experimental field with new forms of presentation, events and current content. This is also where the bauhaus-shop is located, with design objects from the Bauhaus to the present day.welcomes visitors at the temporary bauhaus-archiv in Berlin's Charlottenburg district. Experimentation with presentation formats, cooperations, events and new content is the main focus of the temporary.


Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / Foto: Catrin Schmitt

the bauhaus view

From 23 June 2022, ‘the bauhaus view’, a new two-storey info centre overlooking the building site at the Klingelhöferstraße, invites the public to learn more about the future Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung and the new museum annex by Staab Architekten. Visitors can follow the construction progress live from the rooftop terrace. ‘the bauhaus view’ will remain open until the museum reopens.


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