Berlin, that cosmopolitan city, the “in” place for young Europeans thanks to it’s chilled out night life and modern outlook. This city not only offers some cracking nights out and a cultural variety revealed by the thousands of visitors that come every year and the ethnic melting pot that the German capital is, no, Berlin has an impressive range of museums to suit all tastes, making it very attractive on a cultural and intellectual level. So that you don’t get lost amongst the confusion of all these museums, here is a little guide of the museums in Berlin to help you on your way.
Museums in Berlin
Cushioned between the River Spree and the River Kuperfergraben, Museum Island is home to a concentration of internationally renowned museums thanks to their exhaustive exhibitions that scour the history of art from centuries back to the present day, and the reason for which Museum Island has been recognised and declared a world heritage site.
Declared a national heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, it has an immense collection of priceless antiques. Its most popular collections are its art and ancient Greek amphoras, in addition to its impressive collection of jewellery. Where: Am Lustgarten – Berlín – Mitte Opening times: Monday – Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, Thursday until 10pm. Entrance price: between 4 and 8 euro
Situated just behind the Altes Museum with an impressive collection of Egyptian and prehistoric art, where the top exhibition contains the famous bust of Nefertiti. Where: Bodestrasse – Berlín – Mitte Opening times: Sunday – Wednesday, from 10am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm. Entrance price: 10 euro (adult), 5 euros (concessions), and free entrance for under 16s.
Old National Gallery/Alte Nationalgalerie
Museum founded with the aim of devoting itself exclusively to German art, which was built in 1876 and houses art ranging from German realism to impressionist works and finally romantic era art with pieces from Menzel, Liebermann, Monet, Cezanne, Rendir and Manet, as well as Rodin. Where: 1-3, Bodestrasse – Berlín – Mitte Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, Thursday until 10am. Entrance price: 4 – 8 euro
Museum located on the north side of the island and famous thanks to browny-copper coloured dome, which re-opened its doors to the public in 2005 following reconstruction works to house Byzantine and late-antiquity sculpture and art collections. Where: 1, Kupfergraben Opening times: Sunday – Monday, from 10am to 6pm, except Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm. Entrance price: 8 euro normal, 4 euro with discount
The most popular museum on Museum Island given that it houses one of the most important collection of antiquities in the world, including pieces from the Near East and Arab art. It also houses outstanding archaeological treasures such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate. Where: 5, Am Kupfergraben Opening times: Sunday – Monday, from 10am to 6pm, and Thursday until 10pm. Entrance price: between 5 and 10 euro
Directions to Museum Island
Metro: U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstrasse), S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Friendrichstrasse); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Marka)
Tram: M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben), M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus: TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten) and the 147 (Friendrichstrasse).
Here is a map indicating the exact location of each museum on Museum Island in Berlin:
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