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

Neue Nationalgalerie 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 – 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

Neue Nationalgalerie Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating An outstanding building with an impressive but fairly small modern art collection. I spent less then an hour at the gallery, but it was an interesting hour, especially the Gerhard Richter collection. There are also works by famous artists like Picasso and Warhol. The Josephine Baker exhibition didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the space
Seiriol Dawes-Hughes - in the last week

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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 - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating This review concerns only the Mies van der Rohe building. The visit to this 20th century icon is breathtaking for any architecture enthusiast. The museum is situated below ground so the whole building can remain empty and cavernous in the way its architect probably imagined it.
Nikos Parastatidis - 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 - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating one of the most beautiful buildings i’ve ever been in. the exhibitions are always quite strong and great statements
Mr. Totem - 2 months ago

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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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