The huge Neoclassical Pergamom Museum sits among the culture cognoscenti on Museum Island. A collection of classical antiquities, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Museum of the Ancient Near East make up its three wings.
Many of the works have been archeologically excavated, and a handful of these ruins are on a scale like no other. The ancient Greek Pergamom Altar, for example, is approximately 36m wide. Another one of our favourites is the vibrant Ishtar Gate of Babylon. This beautiful gateway is in remarkably good condition considering it’s almost 2,600 years old.
It’s clear to see why the Pergamom attracts more than a million people through its doors each year. The sheer scale and span of excavation and exhibition will leave you in awe of the ancient world’s achievements, appealing to adults and children alike.
There is continuing restoration work at the museum that won’t be completed until 2015, but most exhibits are still available for viewing so check online before you visit.
Located on the left side of the entrance, the restaurant serves a wide range of dishes. There are seats available both outside and inside, where you can enjoy your meal next to Ancient sculptures, seamlessly incorporating the collection into the experience.
On the two floors of the entrance hall, visitors can find small shops offering jewellery, selected books, and postcards displaying details of the museum’s collection.
Am Kupfergraben 5
+49 (0) 30 2090 5577
Monday – Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 21.00
Friday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Friedrichstr. (U6)
S-Bahn: Berlin- Friedrichstr. (S1, S2, S5, S7, S9, S25, S75), Hackescher Markt (S5, S7, S9, S75)