Das Buchstaben (Letter!) Museum

1 February, 2009

Last night the city of Berlin offered another special event: their 24th Museum Night – Lange Nacht der Museen. For one small price you get admission to most of the city’s museums from 6pm to 2am. This is a great opportunity to get out and see some of the remarkable collections and galleries here in Berlin.

One of the highlights, and certainly the most anticipated museum I wanted to visit, was the Buchstaben Museum. They are only open sporadically, so it is normally difficult to get an opportunity to stop by.

I was a bit surprised by the small space, but the up side to this was how every square meter was covered with old letters from signs. Large dimensional letters were standing, laying, leaning, hanging, and stacked throughout the two showrooms. The haphazard, jumbled arrangements made it a bit difficult to fully appreciate the signs and the lettering, but they are none-the-less beautiful and interesting. Personally, I am mostly into the nice letters, and less actually the history behind them; but whenever possible, the letters/signs have tags indicating where they came from, the typeface in use, and a little extra info. If you are more interested in some finer details of what is in this collection, Dan Reynolds has some images and font IDs up at his flickr and blog. That guy is crazy, he visited the museum, got home, and blogged about it before I was even there!

On a side note, the Buchstaben Museum reminds me quite a bit of the boneyard in Las Vegas Neon Museum – albeit a smaller, climate controlled, more sanitary version. Someday, we should all make the trek there because it looks incredible. Paul Hunt visited in 2008 and has some great photos in flickr.


Core 77 has many more great photos of the museum here

A Few Related Posts

  • The Legendary BuchstabenmuseumThe Legendary Buchstabenmuseum Berlin’s greatest typographic institution is probably the Buchstabenmuseum (The Letter Museum). Similar to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, this […]
  • Buchstabenmuseum Grand Re-OpeningBuchstabenmuseum Grand Re-Opening Berlin's Buchstabenmuseum moved to their new location (down the street from their old location at Alexanderplatz, just next to Jannowitzbrücke […]
  • Museum of Things #2 [UPDATED]Museum of Things #2 [UPDATED] Just a few more images from Berlin's ultra-cool Museum of Things! You can also see more great objects from the museum in this previous […]

3 Responses to “Das Buchstaben (Letter!) Museum”

  • Thanks for the link! I’m glad that you managed to find the museum, too. Normally, my blogging prowess is not so strong, but I have my moments…

  • Hi Rob…
    I just came across your site via ilovetypography, and I am ecstatic to find you. Though, I must admit, I am sad that I cannot immediately transport myself to Das Buchstaben Museum!!!! It looks INCREDIBLE… each of your photos makes me more excited than the last…

    Thanks so much for all your great posts… I must now find you on Twitter :)

  • Rob

    Hey Ms Plume! Thanks for coming by and glad to hear you are excited about the museum! Aside from this collection, there are quite a lot of typographic treats all over Berlin. Hopefully you will be able to make it over here sometime to take it all in first hand :)