Monday, March 1, 2010

Alphabets Museum in Berlin – When Alphabets have History

Well many a times a word speak more than a sentence and many a times an alphabet speaks more than a word. And there are many alphabets which symbolizes and represent many things in our day-2-day life not only this modern world of shortcuts but also from the historic past. Thus some alphabets symbols have loads of stories behind to narrate. There has been many instances where an alphabet has symbolized different things in different sciences and technologies, different regions and as well in different cultures and religions.

I never realized this until recently when I found out about Alphabet Museum (Buchstaben Museum) from Berlin. After browsing thru it over the net, it indeed left me bewildered and amused at the very love for alphabets for the founders of Museum Barbara Dechant and Anja Schulze. Well, their quest to collect objects (alphabets) that carry significant meaning and their belief that modern urbanization is leading to the disappearance of these Alphabetical Semiotics has formed the foundation for the Alphabets Museum in Berlin. Kudos to both of them for their passion towards their letters.

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U-Bahn U (Underground U)                    Einstein E

The museum is housed temporarily more like a storeroom than a showroom drawing a handful of enthusiastic visitors who heard more about this unusual museum from some news article or word of mouth and majority of them foreigners. The interesting facts that amuse the visitors are that these letters are taken out of the original context and every letter has its own emotional historic tale.

Well, I love to visit this during my next visit to Berlin. By the way there is no admission fee for this museum, it is completely free. The museum is run by the donations and memberships from the visitors. You can find more details at

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  1. Wish you can post some of the pics here when you visit the Berlin soon. So long i never been to the museum. If i did,i will show you some of the pic of our museum building here.
    A great contents,Seema :)

  2. Totally agree!!Alphabets do more than they are given credit for.They compose alll the words that enables us to communicate.

    Fascinating shots!Haven't been to a museum for sometime now!

  3. Wow! Nice. Maybe I'll see it someday... or not.

  4. nice post nice sharing seema

  5. This nice post is very helpful to museum-lovers. Thanks for sharing this.This is Senior Debutante.

  6. Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

  7. Good shots!!Amazing blog!!


  8. This was very informative but I wish you had given us some more pictures and examples related to the alphabets. Your post has aroused my curiosity!