Domäne Dahlem is an open-air museum in central Berlin that focuses on the agriculture, ecology, and food culture of the local region. The museum is located in the manor house of the former 16th-century knight estate Dahlem, and looks back on more than 800 years of agrarian history. Visitors engage all their senses as they learn about the life cycle of food—from the fields to their plates. With exhibitions, an organic farm with livestock and working crops, a historic grocery shop, market days, and more, the museum is home to educational action year-round.
Young kids can enjoy opportunities to feed the animals on the farm, such as pigs, goats, cattle, sheep, horses, and chicks. There are tractor rides offered, and special kids' tours explore the vegetable garden and the butcher’s shop, as well. (Kids can also make beeswax candles). Things get busy on festival or market days, when parades with horses and riders, and bustling market stalls, transport visitors back to the Middle Ages.
The most popular regular event is the organic farmers' market that takes place on Saturday mornings from 8am to 1pm. Volunteers are available to demonstrate the workings of rural agricultural machinery, pre-industrial handicrafts, and household produce production. The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 10am to 6pm, and admission costs 3 EUR.