Inside the Gemaldegalerie Art Gallery
Inside the Gemaldegalerie Art Gallery cc licensed photo by Olivier Bruchez

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.

The Collection

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

Fee: Yes

Gemaldegalerie Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • 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: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 266424242

Official Website: Gemaldegalerie

Gemaldegalerie Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A large collection of important art from old European Masters. It takes at least 2 hours to walk through the numerous rooms and halls. I visited on a Friday morning and enjoyed an almost empty museum.
Nikos Parastatidis - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing gallery with focus on religious paintings. They have permanent and temporary exhibitions. We visited the main exhibition, the last day of van Eyck, beginning of collaboration between Berlin and Odessa galleries and movie posters. All of them were amazing. This gallery participates in Museumsontag.
Sofiia Romanovska - a month ago

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4 Star Rating April24-expansive and amazing space. Pay for the €20 ticket and see all including the National. Saw the masters and was excited to see Rembrandt, and Bosch. Cafe good too. One receptionist speaks English for any translations sadly my German not the best!
D Y - a week ago

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4 Star Rating One of the best classic picture galleries in the world for the quality, the scope and the variety of its holdings. Italian, Dutch, German and French renaissance and Baroque art is very well depicted with some English and Spanish school’s examples. In the other hand the museum really needs a makeover. Picture tags are in German only, there’s a lack of information and context, plus the place feels antiquated.
Carlos Sarasola Orio - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating One of the world’s most fascinating collections, a truly encyclopedic and unique collection of masterpieces across European painting epochs north and south of the Alps. Some collections may be larger, some collections may be more bombastic, but what marks the Berlin museum as exemplary is its crisp, cool, unassailable dedication to presenting masterpieces one after the other across 2km of interior wall. Powerful, mesmerizing, quiet, confident. Museums don’t get more sophisticated than this.
Nathan Eddy - 7 months ago

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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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