Alte Nationalgalerie

Facade of the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin
Facade of the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Spectacular inside and out, the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) is one of five museums on Berlin's famous Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also one of five are museums falling under the umbrella of the National Gallery.

Exhibits include Neo-classical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist, and early Modernist works of art from the 19th century by renowned artists including Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and Caspar David Friedrich. An entire hall dedicated to the works of the latter was added to the museum.

As with many museums, the building itself is truly a work of art. Designed by Friedrich August Stüler, construction of the Alte Nationalgalerie commenced in 1866 and it was opened in 1876. the architectural style is Neo classical and is reminiscent of a greek temple. Major restorative work on the building was completed in 2001.

Allow about one-and-a-half to two hours for your visit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Alte Nationalgalerie Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 266424242

Official Website: Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Perhaps the best museum in Berlin. Maybe because we were lucky enough to come across an exhibition on C.D. Friedrich, one of my favourite painters. But the permanent collection is really rich too. Architecturally, the museum's building is an artwork of its own. Such a majestic temple in the heart of Berlin. If you can't visit but one museum in Berlin, I think it should be the Alte Nationalgalerie. Be sure to book in advance, especially if there is an exhibition going on.
Emre Dokur - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Great museum with excellent temporary exhibitions that make it worth going multiple times. Lots to look at, you can spend a long time wandering here! Also the building itself is gorgeous!
Cai Jo - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Exquisite collection of paintings and sculptures. Very well selected artworks from French and German impressionists, symbolist and post impressionist, artists such as Camille Pizarro, Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Max Lieberman, share different rooms in the Museum. If you are an art lover in search of excellent exhibited paintings, this is a must for you in Berlin. The architecture of the museum is another amazing spectacle. Don't miss the dome, you will learn incredible history when you see this decorated ceiling! Would you like to visit this place with me? I'm a tour guide in Berlin! Click on the link in my BIO!
Real Berlin Tours - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful gallery with amazing architectural arrangement. It maintains many historical elements, and the building itself is a tour!
Libinski 0G - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating The Gallery was just an AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I was astonished by amount of beautiful paintings and statues. The Gallery is HUUUGE. There are 3 floors of exhibitions and there’s a little souvenir shop on -1 floor. The exhibitions were breathtaking, i definitely recommend to come here. The souvenir shop is tiny but really cute, prices are kinda high though. You can buy books, chocolate, postcards and even drink coffee there. Museum caretakers were nice and smiled:) A big thank You to a lady at the ticket place for helping me :)) definitely a must visit in Berlin. 10/10.
sofiia chornobai - 4 months ago

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How to get to Alte Nationalgalerie by U-Bahn, S-Bahn

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Line(s): S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, S26, S75, U6
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Station(s): Berlin Friedrichstraße

Exit from Friedrichstraße Station. Walk one block south on Fredrichstrasse and go left (east) on Dorotheenstrasse. When you get to the river, go right on Am Kupfergraben and cross the bridge just ahead. Once over the bridge continue walking past the Neues Museum. The Alte Nationalgalerie is on your left.

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