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Designpanoptikum – Repurposed industrial design

From the street you can see this place is clearly the work of a creative mind run wild in a post-Soviet industrial junkyard. The name of the museum stretches unsubtly across the front of the building: Designpanoptikum – Surreal Museum for Industrial Objects. 

Once inside, the owner Vlad will probably greet you at the door and give you a quick introduction. He’s taken all manner of nearly-obsolete objects from the fields of medicine, sports, transport, construction, hairdressing and scuba diving and repurposed or re-invented them according to his own whimsical (and slightly macabre) fantasy which seems to draw inspiration both from Rube Goldberg and H. R. Giger.

Upon paying the admission fee a masked spaceman grants you entrance. Explore the adjoining rooms at your leisure or allow the enthusiastically loquacious host to guide you. Surely there is something you haven’t noticed or whose purpose escaped you (Look! An iron lung!!) and he’s more than happy to narrate your trippy journey for you. Don’t miss the back room which serves as a gallery of Vlad’s own bizarro photography featuring his repurposed objects.

And while you are there maybe you’ll pick up a few home decorating tips, or at least be inspired to finally do something with all those prosthetic limbs you’ve been collecting.

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Details about this spot



Torstr. 201, Berlin

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 11:00 - 18:00


Admission: € 7


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)