October 3rd was German Unity Day, a public holiday celebrating Germany’s unity and the anniversary of Germany’s reunification in 1990. As part of the festivities, admission was free to the German History Museum in Berlin, so a friend and I made a visit.
The museum building itself used to be an armory. In commemoration of that history, the museum keeps cannons within the courtyard. While the building itself has been extensively renovated, the busts/statues above the courtyard doorways and windows are centuries old. (See photo below)
As a graduate of Carleton College, I couldn’t help but notice the bust of Schiller:
As an American, I couldn’t help but notice the portrait of England’s King George III:
The museum had on display at least two of busts of Goethe, author of Faust and Germany’s most famous writer. Surprisingly, I was unable to find a bust of Beethoven, Germany’s most famous composer. (Maybe Schroeder from Peanuts has it out on loan?)