The Pergamon Museum is currently the best known and most visited museum in Berlin. Every year more than 1 million people visit the antique treasures of the museum on the Museum Island Berlin (museum area). The highlights are several gigantic replicas of ancient buildings in real size.
The huge Pergamon Museum consists of 3 wings and was built between 1910 and 1930. Currently until 2023 one of the big highlights can unfortunately not be visited. The museum wing with the Pergamon altar is rebuilt for almost half a billion euros. Nevertheless, the visit is also worthwhile during the renovation.
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Admission prices Pergamon Museum Berlin 2020
The Pergamonmuseum costs 19 Euro admission and is, as far as we know, not only the most visited, but also the most expensive public museum in Berlin. There is a reduced entrance fee of 9.50 Euro for pupils and students. Children under the age of 18 do not pay admission to the Pergamonmuseum!
With these prices, every museum visitor should consider buying a Museum Pass Berlin. With these, adults can visit more than 30 museums in Berlin for 3 days, including all museums on the Museum Island. The Museumspass Berlin is available on the internet on this link.
Opening hours Pergamon Museum Berlin 2020
The Pergamon Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday to 8 pm.
Nevertheless, one should not come on Monday if one also wants to visit other museums on the museum island, as some are closed on Mondays.
Directions and other sights nearby
The Pergamon Museum is the most important of the 5 large museums on the Museum Island in Berlin Mitte. There is no subway or S-Bahn station directly on the Museum Island, but some are about 200 to 300 meters away. Many visitors take the S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt (among others S 3, S 5, S 7, S 9). Also the station Friedrichstraße (U 6 and many S-Bahn) is less than 10 minutes walking distance from the Pergamonmuseum on the Museumsinsel.
The other 4 large museums on the Museum Island are the Old Museum, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery and the Bode Museum. The German History Museum Berlin next to the Museum Island is also one of the most important exhibitions in Berlin. All these museums, including the Pergamon Museum, can be visited with the great Museum Pass Berlin.
Info Pergamon Museum Berlin
Today the Pergamon Museum is divided into 3 parts: Collection of Classical Antiquities, Museum of Islamic Art and Museum of the Ancient Near East.
In the Museum of the Ancient Near East most of the objects are from the area of today’s Eastern Turkey, Syria and Iraq. They date from about the 6th century BC to the 7th century AD. It is the largest collection of this kind in the world.
Highlights are the Ishtar Gate (see picture) and the Processional Way, both from Babylon, in real size.
The Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamonmuseum deals with Islamic artworks from the beginning of Islam in the 6th century to around 1900. One of the highlights is the Mshatta facade, parts of a house from the desert in present-day Jordan from the 8th century. The Aleppo Room from Syria is also world famous.
The highlight of the Collection of Classical Antiquities is the gigantic altar of Pergamon, the eponym of the Pergamon Museum. Pergamon is an ancient city on the Mediterranean in Turkey.
Unfortunately, the Pergamon Altar is currently not accessible until 2023 due to a major alteration in the Pergamon Museum. The altar was erected in the 2nd century BC. One finds further exhibits from Pergamon in the Antikensammlung. Especially famous is the frieze (horizontal decorations) of the Pergamon altar.
Another absolute highlight of the Collection of Classical Antiquities in the most visited museum in Berlin is the Market Gate of Miletus from the 2nd century BC. Miletus is also in today’s Turkey at the Mediterranean Sea.
The Collection of Classical Antiquities shows other great architecture of the Romans and Greeks. The Collection of Classical Antiquities is not only in the Pergamon Museum, but also in the Altes Museum and the Neues Museum. These two museums are neighbours of the Pergamon Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island.
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