Pergamon Museum

Part of the mosaic tile work of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum
Part of the mosaic tile work of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum, home to the Greek alter after which it's named, features incredible exhibits from the ancient east. Talk about grand entrances, the Pergamon Museum boasts several dating back 2000 years and beyond. Here you will see treasures of the Ancient World, treasures that were not unearthed until the 19th century by German archaeologists. These treasures were brought to Museum Island in Berlin, necessitating construction of the museum between 1910 and 1930.

Today, the Pergamon museum consists of 3 wings, one for the Antiiquity Collection, one for the Islamic Art Museum, and one for the Middle East Museum.

The Market Gate of Miletus is a reconstruction of the original gate that was constructed around 120AD. The original gate was heavily damaged by and earthquake and form bombing during World War 2, but much of the rubble was used to build the impressive replica seen here. The 17 metre high marble facade consists of massive Corinthian columns and Roman architecture.

The spectacular Ishtar Gate alone is worth the price of admission to this museum which will leave you in awe. The navy blue and gold tile mosaic that makes up the facade of this impressive gate uses materials from the original 575 BC gate. Yes that's BC. The Ishtar Gate was on of the gates that led to the inner city of Babylon and was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II.

The name of the museum comes from its most renowned exhibit, the Pergamon Alter. This massive exhibit, taken from a Hellenstic temple dating back to the 2nd century BC, is currently undergoing reconstruction and will re-open in 2023.

There are a number of other large exhibits including the Aleppo Room, the Processional Way of Babylon, and the Mshatta Facade.

Audio devices are available at the museum to facilitate a self-guided English tour.

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 – 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: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 266424242

Official Website: Pergamon Museum

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating An outstanding experience! Despite the Pergamon Museum's closure, The Panorama exhibit exceeded my expectations. The 360-degree audiovisual show is truly amazing, offering a unique perspective on ancient Pergamon. It's a fantastic alternative, lasting between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. The digital reconstruction of the city, complete with sounds and light effects, takes you from day to night seamlessly. The attention to historical accuracy and detail is commendable. Standing at 35 meters, the panoramic view of the ancient city is accompanied by captivating sound and light effects. If you appreciate works by Assisi, this depiction of ancient Pergamon is a must-see. The experience feels like being part of history, and the portrayal of daily life adds an extra layer of enjoyment. Highly recommended – don't miss out on this unique journey!
Nakrani Hardik - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Exceeded my expectations. The Pergamon museum is currently closed but this exhibit has some of the collection pieces and the 360deg audio visual show is amazing. Bring 1 or 2 euro coins to use the lockers.
D Ctoc - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating A magical place to visit. You wonder how life was in ancient times. How does it feel. Well, entering the panorama (which you can record videos or 360 pictures, and actually i understand why, it will take away the surprise factor from you) will transport you to those times. A nice place to check one afternoon, i think the price is a bit too much for what they are showing, and you don't have too much to read or see, just a couple of steps but it's worth paying a visit. The main attraction of course is The Panorama Painting.
Alessandro Stefan - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating I was hoping to see the Ishtar Gate again on this visit to Berlin but the Pergamon Museum is closed for renovations until 2037! The Panorama of Pergamon is open though and this was a fascinating visit. The city of Pergamon grew to fame as one of the successor states of Alexander the Great that flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC before being bequeathed to Rome. Under that Attalid rulers the city flourished, rivalling Alexandria and Antioch with spectacular statues and libraries. The main museum houses the Pergamon Altar that was excavated largely intact and transported to Berlin in the late 19th century and reconstructed in the museum. The Panorama aims to put the altar in context within the city as a whole and there is a viewing platform that you climb and watch the sun rise and fall and listen to the hubbub of voices around the city as time passes. Having visited the city itself I found this a great way to put what I'd seen in perspective and to view a Hellenistic city in its original state. As well as the panorama there are a sample of the statues and stone friezes on display, along with extensive information boards about the city and its history.
Marcus Hurley - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Very well done - gives you a sense of a 3d immersion into ancient Pergamon with buildings in colour and in the most perfect and glorious state, full of people feasting on the visit of a Roman emperor. Day and light cycle with background music nicely done. The only observation I would like to make: there are separate staircases leading up and down from the viewing platform but I only realised this when I had reached the top, given the verbose "round trip" signs in German which foreigners find hard to decipher. Why not use a simple and international "no entry ⛔" sign on each landing at the wrong way staircase entry?
René Micallef - 3 months ago

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Directions

How to get to Pergamon Museum 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 from Friedrichstraße Station. Walk one block south on Fredrichstrasse and go left (east) on Dorotheenstrasse. Pergamon Museum and the Pergamon are just 2 blocks ahead.

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