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Located on the banks of the river Dahme, the Baroque palace of Köpenick houses since 1963 treasures from the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), complementing the museum’s main exhibition space at the Kulturforum. This location was picked before the reunification when artworks were put on display here.
The building was constructed between 1677 and 1690 on the site of an earlier hunting palace of the Brandenburg electors designs by architects Rutger van Langervelt and Johann Arnold Nering.
Since 2004 it housed the permanent exhibition "RoomArt", focussing on the decorative arts of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. Spread across three floors, the museum presents outstanding masterworks in interior design from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Most of these objects once belonged to the standard decor of living and reception rooms in grand houses and palaces. Among the highlights of the exhibition are the inlaid wainscoting from the palaces Haldenstein and Höllrich from the mid-16th century, the Wiesentheid Chamber of Mirrors from 1724/25 and the Lacquer Room with decorative scenes in the chinoiserie style that was created in 1740/50 for the Palazzo Granieri in Turin.
By walking into the rooms, tourists immerse themselves in these impressive interiors.
To conclude the visit, in the basement level, an exhibition of archaeological findings documents the history of settlement and building on the island of Schloss Köpenick.