The Museum Island
Five of the most significant museums in Berlin is located on the northern tip of the Spree Island, thus nicknamed the Museum Island.
The museum complex is an architectural and cultural ensemble that is considered part of UNESCO world heritage. At the southern part of the island, near the Schlossbrücke bridge and the Berlin Cathedral, the Altes Museum (Old Museum) can be found, which is located nearby the Lustgarten. In the northern part, there is the New Museum as well as the Alte Nationalgalerie. On the Kupfergraben side of the island can be found the Pergamon Museum. And last but not least there is the Bode- Museum.
Many of the buildings are undergoing renovation, so you should consult the museum website (see below) at the time of your expected visit, for precise information on closed and open exhibits.
The five museums of Museum Island Berlin
The Pergamonmuseum is the most visited museum in Berlin with more than one million visitors per year.
The Pergamon Museum houses original-sized, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus, all consisting of parts transported from the middle east.
The museum houses an extensive collection of sculptures and treasures of the Museum of Byzantine Art and the Numismatic Collection.
The Neues Museum houses the Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History. The showpiece of the New Museum is the bust of Nefertiti.
The Alte Nationalgalerie is an impressive almost ancient temple like building that rises above the Museum Island. The model that inspired the architect Friedrich August Stiller was the Acropolis of Athens. Built between 1867 and 1876 the museum Alte Nationalgalerie features works of Classicism, Romanticism, the Biedermeier era, Impressionism and early Modernism.
The museum’s permanent exhibition entitled “New Antiquity in the Old Museum” (collection of classical antiquities and gold treasury) presents Greek and Roman art and sculptures.
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