Gemäldegalerie is one of the world’s best art galleries to visit if you or into the Old Masters.
Most of the great European painters from the 13th to the 18th century are represented here. The collection itself belongs to Berlin State Museums.
The original Gemäldegalerie gallery opened in 1830 in the Royal Museum now called the Altes Museum. The present-day gallery resides in the southwest corner of the Kulturforum, a contemporary cultural centre in central Berlin.
In 1904, the flourishing collection was transferred to the Bode Museum which was later damaged in World War II resulting in the loss of more than 400 grand works of art. After the war, the collection was divided between two museums; one in East Berlin and one in West Berlin. In 1998, the entire collection was at last reunited in the newly built Kulturforum.
Gemäldegalerie is a large gallery, with a complete tour involving approximately 2 kilometres of walking. Within this tour are a staggering 72 main galleries with smaller side-rooms branching off of them.
Numerous openings back to the central corridor make it easy to access specific rooms from any point in your tour, allowing you to skip sections and focus on your preferences. Upon entering the museum, rooms on the right progress from German to Netherlands to Flemish and Dutch Paintings. Rooms along the left side of the hall include Italian, French Spanish and English paintings.
There are approximately 1000 masterpieces on public display at any given time.
A cafeteria and a giftshop are also located in the Kulturforum.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: GemaldegalerieFee: Yes
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Category: Museums Art Galleries
Phone: +49 30 266424242
Jeruen D. Sep-15-2018
I was here last week with former colleagues and mentors from graduate school, who were in town for a conference. I've been here in Berlin for six years now... Read More
Barbara B. Jun-05-2018
I think people pass this up for the museum's on Museum Island, but don't! It's a treasure trove of European art, and has some great explanations of the... Read More
Susan L. Sep-22-2014
We visited this museum yesterday and the collection is outstanding. The Dutch Masters paintings didn't do much for me because the colors are so muted, but... Read More
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How to get to Gemaldegalerie by U-Bahn, S-Bahn
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Line(s): U2, S1, S2, S25,
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Station(s): U Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Potsdamer Platz Bahnhof
From Potsdamer Platz, walk west along Potsdamer StraBe. After it curves to the south at the Berliner Philhamonie, go right on Scharounstraße. The Gemäldegalerie is located in the Kulturforum complex straight ahead. This is about a 10 minute walk.
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