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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!

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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

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

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

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

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.

Museum Island: Our Tips

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 to visit
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 8:00PM. Closed Mondays except Pergamon and Neues Museum.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    **Note that the Pergamon Altar is closed until 2019 for renovations! *

What People Are Saying About Museum Island

Great introduction to the city, fabulous guide, great fun.

Easy to find the pick up point. Knowledgeable friendly guide - gave a sensitive history of the city. Great activity for your first day to see all the main sights you can then choose which ones to go back and see in detail. We covered a great distance that I wouldn't want to have walked and would have missed seeing so much if we'd travelled underground.

Highlights of Berlin Segway Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/05/2016

this also is one more reason to plan a visit to berlin, magnificent

its been the first time for me to visit the "Neues Museum", so i am totally impressed what to see and learn at that place. Take your time there, you will be thrilled of how this exhibition has impact on you.

Skip the Line: Neues Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by Peter, 11/11/2016

Tickets a great time saver with 2 hour long queues on the day

Tickets had not arrived by email within 48hrs as promised. We were already in Berlin and despite repeated attempts could not get a reply from phone calls to the company either in the UK or in Germany. The day before the visit I managed to speak to an agent in Germany. The tickets were eventually sent. I had to get the hotel to print them out. No good emailing as there is a statement in response saying the company will try to answer within 2 days. No good if your visit is the following day.

Skip the Line: Pergamon Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by David, 11/09/2016

To get to the museum was very easy without queuing

I got easily to museum, without queuing, and tickets were with good price. Definately I will use this option next time during my trips.

Skip the Line: Pergamon Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by Kadri, 11/01/2016

Great to have if in town more than two days.

Thinking we might have more time to visit some of Berlin's fabulous museums we purchased the 3-day museum pass ($27). Because there was so much other stuff to do, however, we only used the pass once. The pass doesn't allow you to acquire timed tickets (necessary to avoid lines at museums like The Pergamon) and is not good at all museums (like the outstanding museum at "Check-point Charlie"). So, if you're only spending a couple of days in Berlin, don't bother. Buy the 2-day hop on/hop off bus tour with one-hour River Spree boat cruise instead.)

Museum Pass Berlin: 3-Day Entry to Over 50 Museums Reviewed by Stephen, 10/30/2016

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