Museum Island


Museum Island is the place in the northern part of the Spreeinsel on the River Spree with the constellation of the most famous museums of Berlin. Since 1999 this complex was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Old Museum became the basis for the foundation of Museum Island. Major exposition of the museum represents the objects of ancient Greek and Roman art: sarcophagi, statues, sculptures and famous Fayum portraits – mummy portraits that were created during the lifetime of a person.
New Museum was opened in 1850s when the Old Museum could not hold all the exhibits. This museum was damaged the most during the Second World War and remained in ruins for a long time. Collection of the museums comprises several sections, but the most popular one is devoted to the objects from ancient Egypt.
Bode Museum was opened in 1904. Halls of this particular museum house the collection of Byzantine art, collection of German and Italian sculptures from the earlier middle ages to 18 century. There is also the coins room (comprising the collections from the 7 century BC to the 20th century).
Pergamon Museum was originally designed to host the Pergamon Altar. Today the museum includes the Antique collection, the Islamic Art Museum and the Middle East Museum. Visitors can observe the Market Gate of Miletus, and a fragment of the Processional Way of King Nebuchadnezzar II and the Mshatta Facade.
Old National Gallery is another interesting museum that displays the art of the XIX century. It is located in the eastern part of the island and reminds an ancient Roman cathedral. The gallery contains the largest collection of paintings by Adolph von Menzel, the famous Berlin artist.

Address: Museumsinsel (Bodestraße)
How to reach: Friedrichstraße U6, S1, S2, S25; Hackescher Markt S5, S7, S75
Coordinates: 52.520236, 13.398770