Museum Island

Aerial View of Museum Island
Aerial View of Museum Island cc licensed photo by uberdadofthree

If you love Museums, Museum Island is an absolute must see. There is no place like this anywhere else in the world. Visit five world class museums on one island for one admission fee.

The entire site is a bit of a museum itself, being ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. In addition to exploring the diverse exhibits you will also be taken aback by the incredible architecture.

The island which sits in the river Spree was formerly a residential area, but was dedicated to "art and science" in 1841 by Prussian King Frederick William IV.

There are a total of five museums on the island and while we will outline them briefly here, we will not go into too much detail as we have a page dedicated to each one.

The five museums are:

  1. The Pergamon Museum, home to the Greek alter after which it's named, features incredible exhibits from the ancient east.
  2. The Bode Museum was refurbished in 2005. It features sculptures from medieval times to the late 1700s and paintings from Late Byzantine to 1800.
  3. The Neues Museum, a beautiful addition to the island, was built in the mid 1800s. It suffered severe bomb damage during WW2 and lay in ruin until a 10 year reconstruction process that ended in 2009. It showcases archaeological items and sculptures from Egypt and Etruscan and more.
  4. The Alte National Gallery opened in 1876 is as its name suggests a musuem of art, more specifically paintings and sculptures from the early 19th century along with Impressionist and early modernist art.
  5. The Altes Museum first opened in 1830, is the oldest of the 5 museums and showcases art and sculpture from classical antiquity.

In spite of its name, the island is not just limited to museums. It is also home to the impressive Berlin Cathedral and Lustgarten Park.

Visitors can easily spend a full day or even several days exploring all 5 museums. If you only have time to see one or two we would recommend the Pergamon Museum and the Altes Museum in that order.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee:Yes - Fees vary by Museum

Address: Museum Island, 10 Berlin, Germany

Official Website: Museum Island

Museum Island Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating There are so many museums to visit here. Each museum showcasing different cultures and exhibits. You need time to slowly walk through to appreciate the each museums. Can buy a pass to visit all rather than individual museum ticket.
Ivan Yeo - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Museum Island in Berlin is a cultural treasure trove, home to five world-class museums that showcase art and history from ancient to modern times. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this island on the Spree River offers visitors a unique journey through civilizations and eras. From the ancient artifacts in the Pergamon Museum to the classical art in the Altes Museum, there's something for everyone. A must-visit for art lovers, history enthusiasts, and anyone seeking to immerse themselves in Berlin's rich cultural scene."
Swarnajit Chatterjee - a week ago

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4 Star Rating If you like culture this is the most perfect place for you!! The museums are all stunning - the Altes museum is very beautiful, sadly the first floor with the Roman artefacts wasn't open but the Greek section on the ground floor was beautiful. The gift shop is small and cute. The toilets are a bit dirty and run down though. The Neues museum is absolutely amazing - the rooms are so beautiful and the bust of Nefertiti is breathtaking. It has an incredible selection of Egyptian artefacts. Our tickets for the whole museum island were 12€ (student) and 24€ (non student). The gardens at the gallery are also very beautiful. The entire island is a really nice place to spend time at and it is beautiful overall!
Yoana Nikolova - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Incredible museums, another must if you’re visiting Germany! The history and amount of statues, relics, and paintings they have is some of the largest in the world. Roman and Greek statues, were by far the best part. Berlin Dome was equally incredible. Beware you can by an all-in-one ticket for all museums which can save you a lot of money! Cafes in the museums were great too. Very walkable as well.
Jacob Wood - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating It would be easy to spend a month here looking at everything! Spoiled for choice! Galleries, museums, Christmas markets and historic architecture. We would love to return to take it at a leisurely pace.
Anna Bradshaw - 4 months ago

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How to get to Museum Island 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 at Friedrichstraße Station. Walk one block south on Fredrichstraße and go left (east) on Dorotheenstraße. Museum Island and the Pergamon are just 2 blocks ahead.

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