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BUCHSTABENMUSEUM

Preservation and documentation of letters

The Buchstabenmuseum is the first museum in the world to collect letterforms from public spaces and display them as part of urban history. We preserve and document three-dimensional letters and signage, and their history, as well as providing information about their origins and construction. Our collection has captured the imagination of visitors from all around the world for over 10 years. Hundreds of letters have been saved from being battered by the elements or ending up on the scrap heap. A selection of what we offer can be found under » COLLECTION

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OPENING TIMES

Temporarily closed for renovation!

TICKETS

Guided tours are only available by appointment – contact: visit@buchstabenmuseum.de

6,50 € NORMAL
3,50 € RED.
3,50 € GROUP*

* starting from 8 visitors, free entry for children and youth under the age of 14
Children and school groups: 
35,00 Euro flat rate
(entry by appointment only, max. 15 individuals, supervising adults included)

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TICKETS

Guided tours are only available by appointment – contact: visit@buchstabenmuseum.de

6,50 NOMAL
3,50 RED.
3,50 *
GROUP

* starting from 8 visitors, free entry for children and youth under the age of 14
Children and school groups 
35,00 Euro flat rate (entry by appointment only, max. 15 individuals, supervising adults included)

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COLLECTION

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Zierfische

NAME »Zierfische (ettering)
FONT » custom made Manfred Gensicke
DATE OF PRODUCTION » early 1980
DATE OF RECEIPT » 17.04.2009
LOCATION » Frankfurter Tor, 10243 Berlin
SIZE » 154cm tall (Z), 16,5cm deep
MATERIAL » blue metal body, external neon tubes, self-illuminating
PRODUCTION » Profil 1, original early 1980, reproduction 1999–2000
SPECIALS » shop signage

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Schuhe

NAME » Schuhe
FONT » –, Script
DATE OF PRODUCTION » –
DATE OF RECEIPT » 17.01.2009
LOCATION » Alt-Tegel 12, 13507 Berlin
SIZE » 380cm wide, 82cm tall, 20cm deep
MATERIAL » brown metal body, white metal front, external neon tubes, self-illuminating white, mounted on metal supporter
PRODUCTION » Profil 1
SPECIALS » shop signage

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Markthalle

NAME » M, market hall
FONT » custom made
DATE OF PRODUCTION » –
DATE OF RECEIPT » 19.11.2008
LOCATION » Markthalle am Alexanderplatz, Rochstraße, Berlin
SIZE » 160cm wide, 200cm tall, 20cm deep
MATERIAL » blue metal body, blue and white varnish, original with external neon tubes
PRODUCTION » Profil 2
SPECIALS » facade signage

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Möbelhaus Kern

NAME » Möbelhaus Kern
FONT » Sans Serif
DATE OF PRODUCTION » 19XX
DATE OF RECEIPT » 16.05.2012
LOCATION » Bartningallee 24–26, 10557 Berlin
SIZE » 80cm tall, 13cm deep
MATERIAL » » brown, lacquered metal body, external yellow neon tubes
PRODUCTION » Profil 1
SPECIALS » shop signage

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Der Tagesspiegel

NAME » Der Tagesspiegel
FONT » Serif
DATE OF PRODUCTION » 19XX
DATE OF RECEIPT » 10.06.2013
LOCATION » Potsdamer Straße 83, 10785 Berlin
SIZE » 155cm tall, 26cm deep
MATERIAL » white metal body, white acrylic face, internal neon tubes, self-illuminating
PRODUCTION »
EXTRAS » facade signage

OUR PROGRAMME

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We have moved

Dear Friends of the Buchstabenmuseum,

we would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to all our members, to the best volunteer helpers, as well as to all typophiles  who contributed both openly and behind-the-scenes , in a nutshell: […]

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Temporary shop in Bikini Berlin until 31.01.2016

The Berlin Buchstabenmuseum is taking a different approach in a bid to raise funds for a new home and for the preservation of their collection: a temporary shop and a fund-raising campaign on betterplace.org have […]

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Shop opening: 05.11.2015 at 5 pm

You’ll find us in a new, temporary location on the roof terrace at Bikini Berlin (2nd floor). In over 100 square meters of space, letter-ly gifts abound: whether for the kitchen, child, or office – […]

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PEOPLE & MUSEUM

  • RABAN RUDDIGKEIT

    RABAN RUDDIGKEIT

    Despite having international status, Berlin is still a small city, and so it was that I discovered the Buchstabenmuseum through word of mouth before I actually met those involved in the museum at a Typodarium event. Everyone there is open to new ideas, and that makes getting involved in their projects a lot of fun.

    FOUNDER Brousse & Ruddigkeit
    EDITOR TYPODARIUM

  • JULIA SYSMÄLÄINEN

    JULIA SYSMÄLÄINEN

    It was thanks to my two parrots that I discovered a lovely, old-school pet shop at Frankfurter Tor, which could be seen from miles away because of its illuminated “Zierfische” shop sign. A few years later, having kept up-to-date with news in the typo-world whilst working for United Designers, I discovered this illuminated sign was once again making the headlines: The shop would be closing and the wonderful lettering was in grave danger of landing on the scrap heap.

    JULIA IS A TYPOGRAPHER

  • LARA SCHILLING

    LARA SCHILLING

    I have a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature. Though I still love my subject I wanted to get involved in a project that dealt with a range of different disciplines, and the Buchstabenmuseum embodied all the things I’m passionate about: typography and handwriting, urban history, collective memory, industrial and product design, abstract art and sculpture.

    LARA HAS HER OWN BLOG

  • MARCUS HAHN

    MARCUS HAHN

    I have long been exploring the topics of architecture and lettering through my studies. I think the idea behind the museum is great – what appeals to me the most are the stories behind the objects. During our first move the museum became a kind of baby for me, and I ended up basing much of the work for my diploma around it.

    FOUNDER SAEGEUNDFEILE.DE

  • JULIA KRÖMER

    JULIA KRÖMER

    The move to a new location offered the Buchstabenmuseum the chance to display its exhibits in a new way and explore the informative elements of the exhibition in greater detail. For the exploding ‘R’ installation, I set out to research the construction processes behind the individual pieces, which were all so wonderfully displayed. I then created a display board to illustrate the individual steps.

    JULIA IS A GRAFIC DESIGNER

  • PETER FUNKEN

    PETER FUNKEN

    The Buchstabenmuseum looks in detail at an extremely interesting subject matter: the collection, which also contains some very large letters and signage, focuses on and documents a variety of phenomena and developments in a range of historic and contemporary cultural and artistic fields – for example in the areas of architecture and urban landscaping, which are shaped by illuminated letterforms, particularly at night.

    PETER FUNKEN IS A CURATOR AND ARTS JOURNALIST

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SUPPORT

The Buchstabenmuseum has a new location! For our new exhibition we need urgently your help.

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Our new online shop!
A cooperation with our friends at Slanted and Drucken3000.

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The Buchstabenmuseum hits the App-Store!
emem magazine is a digital museum magazine for the iPad, which is running a feature on us in their first edition.

EMEM MAGAZINE

The Buchstabenmuseum font
Selected objects from the museum have been made into a unique font (OTF)
by LucasFonts. We’ve made it available for you to download free here:

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