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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

We spent two weeks in Europe & this was everyone's favorite activity!

Amazing tour! Jonathon was an utterly incredible tour guide! Incredible detail for the history- and politics-interested folks, and amazing context and general color for those less interested in history. Jonathon was super engaging and knowledgeable. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/14/2019

Great tour to see ALOT in a short period of time!

Wonderful tour! Sarah did a great job showing us around and explaining the history of our sites! Her excitement and love for Berlin was evident. I highly recommend!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Diana, 06/09/2019

This was a really informative and interesting tour - very worthwhile!

The tour guide, Sam W, was excellent! He really knows Berlin and German history, and explained the landmarks really clearly, while providing great historical context. This was a very worthwhile tour, and we commend Sam W on making it so informative and enjoyable for us!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Anthony, 05/29/2019

A brilliant way to see the highlights of Berlin

Excellent and knowledgeable guide. A really good way to see the highlights and things you wouldn’t find on your own.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Julie, 05/27/2019

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

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