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

COVID-19 Advisory

Many indoor and even some outdoor tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. If the hours of operation are shown below, they may not reflect these closures. Please verify hours with any attraction before visiting.

We believe the measures being taken are absolutely neccessary to preserve lives and we pray for everyone and their families as the world works together to get through this crisis.

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Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: Bodestr. 1 - 3
10178 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 20905577

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating Other Yelpers have hit all the main points. Although everything here on Museum Island is world-class, the Pergamon Museum is the ultimate highlight. Inside... Read More

Vincent L. Nov-22-2019

4 Star Rating Very beautiful museum! My family had a great time being in these giant spaces. The Panorama exhibit is also a must see. I would definitely recommend... Read More

Kelly B. Sep-26-2019

5 Star Rating Wow.... I enjoyed the Persian and the Roman gates. It gave me the feel that I was actually on-location. Unliked the traditional display cases, this museum... Read More

L L. Aug-09-2019

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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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