Museum Island

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Due to its stunning and distinctive cultural artifacts, Museum Island land is home to five internationally renowned museums and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Things to do on Museum Island:

  • Bode Museum 

It stands out from a distance with its imposing double dome. The Bode-Museum is located at the northernmost point of Museum Island and bordered by the Spree River on two sides, At first look, there is plenty to admire about the design, scale, and layout, but the interior is just as stunning, with graceful steps, high ceilings, and traditional characteristics that make for a pleasant museum viewing experience. One of the largest sculpture collections in existence includes pieces from the early middle ages to the late 18th century, with a good representation from most European nations. Highlights include half a dozen exceptionally outstanding pieces by Tilman Riemenschneider and glazed terracotta figures from the Italian Renaissance.

The coin cabinet houses a priceless collection of Byzantine coins and medals, and the Byzantine art department contains about 150 pieces of art dating from the third to the fifteenth century. Intriguing iconography from the Orthodox Christian churches of Greece, the Balkans, Russia, and North Africa is also included in this section.

  • Pergamon Museum 

It is a must-see in all respects. This museum is renowned for reproducing ancient town ruins and is home to one of Europe's most extensive collections of antiquities, including several full-scale architectural artifacts. Its most cherished item is the enormous Pergamon Zeus Altar from the 2nd century BC. The museum's treasures are arranged into three major theme groups, with the Antiquity Collection—which emphasizes items from the Greco-Roman era. The Islamic Art Museum and the Middle East Museum are additional attractions. Visitors can take in the facade of an 8th-century castle from modern-day Jordan, the Ishtar Gate, the Babylonian Processional Way, and some of the oldest written records in human history, paintings, ceramics, wonderful old rugs, window frames, and other items.

  • Neues Museum

It is incredibly well-organized and described. There is much more to see, even if the magnificent bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti takes center stage here. You must view every angle of her exquisitely depicted head. Enter the next chamber to see one of the more intriguing exhibits, where pressing a button causes priceless papyrus scrolls to surface. Additionally, pay attention to the information cards in numerous rooms, which compare how things appear now to how they did before being damaged during the Second World War. Spend some time looking at the Bronze and Iron Age displays of weapons, tools, pottery, and other items, as well as the pictures and diagrams of the sites where they were discovered. A magnificent collection from ancient city of Troy, gold jewelry from the 'Treasure of Priam,' blue faience funerary objects in shape of animals, mummies, and sarcophagi, the reconstruction of a Neanderthal's head from a skull, the incredibly lifelike Berlin Green Head, and other exhibits are also highlights.

  • Altes Museum 

It is kept immaculately, and a wealth of information is available on both the objects and the period they refer to. The Altes Museum (German for 'Old Museum') is located right next to the riverway, with plenty of photo opportunities and people congregating on the front lawn to relax. The Berlin Goddess, the bronze Praying Boy, and the sculptures of athletes are the principal points of interest, in addition to the Greek deities on display in the central dome (rendered as if they were in movement). The pottery from the Greek colonies in southern Italy, which is a bit larger and less formal than the vases and kraters from mainland Greece, is displayed in the section on those colonies. 

  • Alte Nationalgalerie

It reveals Berlin National Gallery's collection of 19th-century paintings, including Neoclassical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist, and early Modernist works:

The Romantic movement is the main attraction here, with a very impressive collection of Friedrich's work, including 'Monk by the Sea' and other masterpieces. However, the context—many (mostly small) paintings by lesser-known artists—is even more valuable because it gives a comprehensive picture of the century.

  • Berlin's DDR Museum

A realistic depiction of life in the former German Democratic Republic (DDR), also known as East Germany, is provided by this small interactive museum. With intriguing collections about housing, employment, leisure, fashion, and culture, the permanent exhibition is arranged into 16 categories of communist life in East Germany. Visitors understand the culture of a people who lived in a strictly communist state and experience a sense of longing for a way of life that is now unimaginable.

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    5 hours 30 minutes

Address of Museum Island

Breite Street, 13089 Berlin, Germany

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