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Museums in Berlin

Berlin possesses more than 170 museums and collections. They provide everything from the ancient to the ultra-modern - the Egyptian Nefertiti, the greek Pergamon Altar, the painters of the "Brücke" and the "Bauhaus" and works by Baselitz and Beuys. The works observed in the city's museums and collections and private galleries are as sensational as they are diverse.

Most visited Museums of Berlin

Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum

With 850,000 visitors a year, the Pergamon is Berlin's prime museum. Hardly amazing, given its three outstanding collections under one roof.

SMPK - Museum Island. With 850,000 visitors each year, the Pergamon is Berlin's prime museum. Hardly surprising, given its three outstanding collections under one roof: the Antiquity Collection, the Museum of the Near East and the Museum of Islamic Art.


Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

The history of the Berlin Wall is documented at the most known border crossing point. Films, recordings, photos and texts are at exhibition, with objects that tell the story of sometimes spectacular escapes. Talks with contemporary witnesses provide you a vivid feeling of the past in communist East Germany; tours are also offer.


German Historical Museum Berlin

German Historical Museum Berlin

On 28 May 1695, the Elector Friedrich III of Brandenburg emitted the orders to lay the foundation stone of the Berlin "Zeughaus", the Arsenal. The German Historical Museum invites the public to visit temporary and permanent exhibitions.

The Zeughaus, a magnificent Baroque building, was genuinely an arsenal and later a military museum until it was annihilated in the Second World War. It has placed in the German Historical Museum since 1990. After extensive reconstruction the permanent exhibition on German history has been in exhibition again since June 2006. Special exhibitions are shown in the adjacent Pei-Bau.


Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace

Among the years 1695 and 1699; the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III, who in 1701 became the first Prussian King. He edified it as a summer residence offered to his wife, Sophie Charlotte. The summer residence of the Prussian kings was constructed from 1695 to 1713. The east wing (New Wing) with its golden gallery was the official residence of Friedrich the Great. The huge palace park is perfect for a good walk.


Old National Gallery

Old National Gallery

December 2001 the restoration of the Museum Island obtained a important milestone with the much-celebrated re-opening of the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). SMB - Museum Island. Paintings and sculptures from the 19th century are in exhibition here. The gallery offers paintings from the German Romantic period, including works by Caspar David Friedrich and Karl Blechen and French Impressionists including Monet, Cézanne and Renoir.


New National Gallery

New National Gallery


In the year 968, the New National Gallery was edified here as the first building, following designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. At Matthäikirchplatz. The "light temple of glass" houses 20th-century European painting and sculpture from classical modernism to the art of the 1960s and interesting special exhibitions.


German Museum of Technology Berlin

The Technic-Museum maintains the tradition of appreciable technique museums, which were situated in Berlin since World War II. The location at the Gleisdreieck is of historical importance. Certainly worth a visit. Collections on the history of air travel, railways, cars and printing. At the science centre SPECTRUM you can acquire information about optics, thermodynamics and optical perception with the help of around 250 physical experiments. Regular workshops on a variety of technical subjects, you should book in advance. The museum's new extension shows the history of shipping and aviation.


Old Museum

The Altes Museum, constructed among 1823 and 1830 after the design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, is one of the most significant works in the architecture of Classicism. SMB - Museum Island. A trip here is basic, not just because the Egyptian Collection from Charlottenburg is moving here in 2005. The special exhibitions on the first floor are well worth seeing, the café is good and so is the Lustgarten in front.


Stiftung Topographie des Terrors

Among 1933 and 1945, the central institutions responsible for the repressive and criminal policies of National Socialism were situated on the terrain of the Topography of Terror.


Egyptian Museum

The Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung moved to the Altes Museum at Museum Island. In 1828 King Frederick William III based an Egyptian Department of the Royal Prussian Museums, on recommendation of Alexander von Humboldt. In 1850 the Egyptian Museum moved to the Museum Island into the Neues Museum, which was mainly built for this purpose. Until 1st March 2005, this collection was exposed in the Eastern Stüler Building opposite Charlottenburg Palace.

Since 13th August 2005 it is located on the top floor of the Altes Museum, before finally returning to its permanent home in 2009, when the renovation of the Neues Museum will be completed.

Works from the reign of King Akhenaton and his queen, Nefertiti, form one of the principal elements of the Egyptian Collection. The bust of Nefertiti, whose painted decoration has survived since 1340 BC without any conservation actions, was discovered in 1912 during Ludwig Borchardt's excavations in Amarna, and is probably the Egyptian Museum's most eminent piece. Another highlight is the “Green Head” (400 BC), which is considered as the most important work of the Egyptian Late Period.


Old Masters Gallery

The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century.


Old Masters Gallery

The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century.


Deutscher Dom

The German cathedral was originally built in 1701. More than 50 years after its destruction in World War II it was rebuilt. It Re-Opened its doors in October 1996.
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