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Top 5 things to see on Museum Island

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!

The Ishtar Gate
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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

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

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

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

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

Absolutely superb. Gregor was one of the best tour leaders we have had

Fascinating tour of Berlin. Brought the city to live. So many interesting facts and made us think

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Susan, 05/13/2019

Just walk straight into the museum! No waiting in any queue

This was so easy! With the GYG voucher I didn't have to get in any queue for a ticket and just walked straight up to the entrance and they scanned my voucher and I walked in. Very relaxing and amazing musuem. Would highly recommend.

Wonderful tour and our guide Linsey was very informative.

The tour group was very organised. Our guide Linsey was well spoken and very knowledgable on the history. I totally recommend this company.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Marion, 05/04/2019

Very pleasant experience and recommended

Very interesting, interesting details of Belrin history provided by our guide Kyle

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by IOANNIS, 04/29/2019

Our guide, Kai, was awesome. incredibly knowledgeable and passionate

We took the tour on our first full day in Berlin. Luckily, we were in a group which was led by Kai. We could not have had a better guide to introduce us to the history, culture and major sites. Most impressive was his passion! It was truly our highlight of our stay in Berlin!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/18/2019

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