New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie)

Exterior of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin
Exterior of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin cc licensed photo by ANDREA CAROLINA FLORES MARTINEZ

First opened in 1968, the New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) started undergoing its first major renovation in 2015. We expect it to reopen around the end of 2020. Neue Nationalgalerie belongs to the Kulturforum complex located a little west of Potsdamer Platz.

The architectural style of the building is befitting of its collection of modern art. The upper level is a prominent glass pavilion elevated above the street level and accessible by three flights of stairs. It features a unique contemporary design with a large roof supported by 8 columns, 2 on each side, but none on the corners.

The current renovations have much more to do with bringing the building up to modern standards and safety codes than with altering the original style.

Special events and temporary exhibitions are held in the light-filled glass and steel upper pavilion. The permanent exhibition is housed in the larger exhibition space available in the museum’s lower level.

During your visit, you’ll see renowned paintings and sculptures from classical modernism through to the 1980s.

The permanent exhibition showcases influential art by Twentieth-century masters, moving from cubism and surrealism to American colour field painting. While you are exploring, you come across such acclaimed names as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Otto Dix, and Morris Louis.

On the west side of the museum, a door leads to an open-air sculpture garden.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Regular 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 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Potsdamer Str. 50, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 266424242

Official Website: Neue Nationalgalerie

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating I was extremely impressed and touched by this spectacular museum and the exhibition I've seen. I could have spent a full day there taking in all the experiences and the subtleties of every object exposed. Excellent lay out, great audio guide, rich array of stimuli - everything contributed to creating a very enriching, thought-provoking experience. I loved the themes, the powerful visuals, and all the detailed work that went into creating this world-class experience. The building itself is gorgeous, the design so inviting for reflection and perspective. I look forward to going back there soon!
Silvana Avram - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Medium sized modern Art Museum with collection from 1950-2000. Will take an hour, maybe slightly more to see it all if in a rush, else a couple of hours. The building and cafe are also really nice - architecturally speaking. Overall, Loved this museum. Been meaning to come here for a while but had never made it. Totally recommend.
Poondla Prashant - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Stop by this place if you’re into modern art. It’s probably my most favorite museums in Berlin. The museum itself is not that big but it has nice exhibition spaces. The sculture garden in the back was really cool; don’t forget to check it out.
Rachel M - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating There are few different collections here. The museum is rather small but they have a section on sculptures, contemporary art, painting and film. The museum is not very extensive and not crowded so 2 hours is enough.
Pranav Rathi - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating Impressive building by Mies van der Rohe, recently restored. The Isa Genzken exhibition was well done, and a free booklet and map were provided which helped me appreciate the philosophy and techniques involved in the artist's work, which has evolved over many decades. I enjoyed the elliptical and hyperbolic art from the 1960s, and the Covid-19 Nefertiti, but was less impressed by the hanging chairs with stickers and cellophane wraps. The rooms which normally exhibit a sample of the museum's impressive in-house collection ("Sammlung") - following a rotation system for the lesser known works and artists - was closed for refurbishment/rearrangement when I visited in late October 2023, during the same week when the Pergamon Museum closed. Indications that "the collection is closed" on the website were hard to fathom without further explanation of what is meant by "the collection". I was a bit disappointed that a big section of the museum was closed given that some of the other important state museums in Berlin were closed or partly closed for refurbishment at the same time (not to mention the Pergamon which had been fully booked for weeks until its decades-long closure). I thought the end of October could be a good time to visit museums in Berlin but the curators seem to think differently. Given that these museums belong to the same agency, they could have coordinated a staggered plan for the closures. I was also a bit annoyed that, though I had booked a timeslot well in advance, I needed to wait in line to enter with the people who had just acquired their tickets on the spot. Maybe this was due to the fact that I visited on a Thursday evening with extended hours when a German car company was sponsoring free tickets. But what's the point in asking people to get a separate (free) timeslot ticket (besides the regular museum entry ticket) using a complicated online box office procedure, if you don't sort out the visitors at the exhibition entrance?
René Micallef - 3 months ago

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Directions

How to get to Neue Nationalgalerie 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 Neue Nationalgalerie is located in the Kulturforum complex straight ahead. This is about a 10 minute walk.

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