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

Official Website: Neue Nationalgalerie

Fee: Yes

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 266424242


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating Neue Nationalgalerie has a very modern and geometric look, it's kinda like an impression what people could find in this glass hall. Unlike most of others... Read More

Torterry C. Nov-13-2014

4 Star Rating I love modern art, so I definitely had to see this. The building itself is gorgeous, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. There is also plenty to be seen.... Read More

Katie D. Aug-30-2014

3 Star Rating Not my favorite gallery. This is a very beautiful building, all the art has been stored away in the basement and the upstairs glass hall is used for..... Read More

Joakim J. Jan-01-2013

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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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Video tour of both the interior and exterior of the New National Gallery in Berlin

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