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Museum Island is worth a visit for the architecture alone, with Berlin's biggest and best exhibits shared between colossal structures that include the city's old cathedral. Here are some of the highlights among the various collections!

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The Ishtar Gate

The Pergamon Museum boasts ancient monumental treasures such as the Ishtar Gate and Market Gate of Miletus. Unfortunately, the Pergamon itself is closed for renovations until 2019!

The Hildesheim Treasure

One of the largest collections of Ancient Roman silver was discovered by Prussian soldiers in Hildesheim, Germany. Dating back to 1AD, see it in all its glory at the Altes Museum.

The Bust of Nefertiti

On display at the Neues Museum is one of Ancient Egypt's most recognizable artifacts. It provides remarkable insight into the civilization's royal and artistic cultures.

The Forty Martyrs of Sabaste

Among the Bode Museum's impressive collection of Byzantine art is this haunting 10th-century ivory relief of 40 soldiers frozen to death under the persecution of Licinus I.

Iron Rolling Mill

Not a real "Eisenwalzwerk" of course, but one of Adolf Menzel's most brutally atmospheric paintings. It's exhibited alongside many German masterpieces at the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

All the museums are open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, and until 8:00PM on Thursdays. They are closed on Mondays except for the Pergamon Museum and Neues Museum which are open all week. If you can't decide between exhibitions, consider starting with a walking tour of the area to learn more about the buildings themselves, or get free tickets for 3 days with the Berlin Museum Pass!

How to get there?

Museum Island is just a short walk from both Friedrichstrasse (S + U Bahns) and Hackescher Markt (S Bahn) stations. There are also buses to nearby Friedrichstrasse (147), Staatsoper (TXL), and Lustgarten (100, 200), as well as trams to Hackescher Markt (M4, M5, M6) and Am Kupfergraben (M1, 12).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 8:00PM. Closed Mondays except Pergamon and Neues Museum.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary by museum, or get the Berlin Museum Pass!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Easily reachable from the Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt stations, as well as several bus and tram stops.
  • Additional information
    **Note that the Pergamon Altar is closed until 2019 for renovations! *

What people are saying about Museum Island

Only buy this ticket if you don't want to waste time in line!

Arrived before 10AM opening Walked right by others who had to wait and was in the Museum in 5 minutes! The pass included an audio guide and there is some flexibility with the exact time you enter. Great product.

Skip the Line: Neues Museum Berlin Ticket Reviewed by John, 08/28/2018

If you have limited time this is a must to see the Pergamon!

Arrived after noon ( used Skip the Line to see Neues Museum in the morning) to find a line waiting with over one hundred people. Walked right by and was in the Museum in 5 minutes! The pass included an audio guide and there is some flexibility with the exact time you enter. Great product.

Skip the Line: Pergamon Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by John, 08/28/2018

Well organized access to the most important museums

It would be nice if the the duration of the pass could be extended to a 4-6 day option since there are so many interesting museums to visit. It would also be nice if the option to arrange a timed visit in order to avoid the lines (through the tourist information offices) could be arranged in advance by e-mail. In any case we are gratefull for the existing system that contributed to an unforgetable visit to your butiful city.

Fantastic service which enabled us to have immediate entry.

There were huge queues for entry which we were able to bypass and saved us time.

Skip the Line: Pergamon Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by clare, 08/13/2018

Excellent. Did not wait at all , while people were waiting for >1 hour

Skipped the line while others were waiting for > 1 hour at the time. Same price to enter

Skip the Line: Pergamon Museum Berlin Tickets Reviewed by KONSTANTINOS, 08/11/2018

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