Museum Island

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Top 5 things to see on Museum Island

Museum Island is worth a visit for the architecture alone, with Berlin's biggest and best exhibits shared between colossal structures that include the city's old cathedral. Here are some of the highlights among the various collections!

  • The Ishtar Gate

    1. The Ishtar Gate

    The Pergamon Museum boasts ancient monumental treasures such as the Ishtar Gate and Market Gate of Miletus. Unfortunately, the Pergamon itself is closed for renovations until 2019!

  • The Hildesheim Treasure

    2. The Hildesheim Treasure

    One of the largest collections of Ancient Roman silver was discovered by Prussian soldiers in Hildesheim, Germany. Dating back to 1AD, see it in all its glory at the Altes Museum.

  • The Bust of Nefertiti

    3. The Bust of Nefertiti

    On display at the Neues Museum is one of Ancient Egypt's most recognizable artifacts. It provides remarkable insight into the civilization's royal and artistic cultures.

  • The Forty Martyrs of Sabaste

    4. The Forty Martyrs of Sabaste

    Among the Bode Museum's impressive collection of Byzantine art is this haunting 10th-century ivory relief of 40 soldiers frozen to death under the persecution of Licinus I.

  • Iron Rolling Mill

    5. Iron Rolling Mill

    Not a real "Eisenwalzwerk" of course, but one of Adolf Menzel's most brutally atmospheric paintings. It's exhibited alongside many German masterpieces at the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    All the museums are open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, and until 8:00PM on Thursdays. They are closed on Mondays except for the Pergamon Museum and Neues Museum which are open all week. If you can't decide between exhibitions, consider starting with a walking tour of the area to learn more about the buildings themselves, or get free tickets for 3 days with the Berlin Museum Pass!

  • How to get there?

    Museum Island is just a short walk from both Friedrichstrasse (S + U Bahns) and Hackescher Markt (S Bahn) stations. There are also buses to nearby Friedrichstrasse (147), Staatsoper (TXL), and Lustgarten (100, 200), as well as trams to Hackescher Markt (M4, M5, M6) and Am Kupfergraben (M1, 12).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 8:00PM. Closed Mondays except Pergamon and Neues Museum.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary by museum, or get the Berlin Museum Pass!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Easily reachable from the Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt stations, as well as several bus and tram stops.
  • Additional information
    **Note that the Pergamon Altar is closed until 2019 for renovations! *

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What people are saying about Museum Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,946 reviews

The audio guide comes in different languages and was part of the admission ticket, take advantage of it. I came in at 4 pm but had 2:30 pm slot, had no trouble going in. Highly recommend not just to see world famous Nefertiti bust but to see how they restored or reconstructed after WWII damage.

jess was a very informative and great tour guide throughout the duration of the walking tour. we have learned a lot about the city of Berlin and its History thanks to him! I highly recommend it should you plan to visit the capital city and have a great knack for History and stories.

Fähige Führung mit super Wissen über Berlin, Berliner Geschichte und die Entwicklung von Berlin uns nah gebracht hat. Hervorragend. Kurzweilig. Competente guided tour. We learned about the history and development of Berlin. An amazing tour.

Zeer bijzondere kunstcollectie uit de Oudheid, en bakermat van onze beschaving. Prachtige objecten. Ook de Islamitische antieke kunst is bijzonder en geeft stof tot nadere beschouwing.

Tour bus starting place good, driver very professional and audioguide was nicely informative.