#48 Ramones Museum

My name is James Glazebrook and I would like to adopt the Ramones Museum.

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Inside the Ramones Museum (Photograph courtesy of Zoë Noble)

Tell us a bit more about yourself
Writer, editor and blogger, working out of Berlin, Germany. My blog überlin documents life as an expat in Berlin, and cool things to see and do here.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
Ramones Museum is a personal collection of punk memorabilia, based in Berlin – and not the band’s hometown of Queens, New York – because their biggest fan happens to live here. Over the years, Flo Hayler obsessively collected photos, rare merchandise, and curios like the mic stand from the Ramones’ last show, and their ripped-up old jeans. An entrance fee of €5 includes lifetime access and a drink at the bar, the wall of which is adorned with tributes from big name bands, who passed through Berlin on tour. Find out more about Ramones Museum on my blog.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
Ramones Museum tends to be overlooked by visitors to Berlin, who get distracted by the clubs or more obvious tourist sites; if the museum was in New York it would be far more famous. This is a shame, because it’s one of the quirkiest, most lovingly-presented collections of memorabilia I’ve ever seen, and my favourite music museum in the world. It’s a Berlin must-see and deserves all the promotion it can get!

Why would you recommend people visit?
If you like the Ramones, a visit is a no-brainer. Even if you’re not a fan of the Fast Four, chances are your favourite band is, and they might have called in to write on the wall, or – like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder – perform an impromptu gig. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t like rock music, because the founder’s enthusiasm is infectious – it’s amazing to experience a fan’s pure, obsessive love through a collection built up over a lifetime.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Punky, personal, obsessive.

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