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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

Ricky made 4hrs around Berlin on a cold day, informative & enjoyable!

Everything went to plan despite a cold wind from the east! Ricky kept us well informed and entertained throughout our 4 hour tour and everyone agreed that he knew everything and more and that it represented more than just great value! Highly recommended

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Graham, 04/16/2019

Superb tour, Kathryn’s knowledge was excellent

A really good introduction to Berlin. Kathryn has an ability to sensitively relate the complex history of the city in a fun and clear way. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Angela, 04/09/2019

Great way for a first discovery of the city centre.

Our guide, Rob Willis, gave us an introduction to Berlin’s history while taking us on a walk around the city centre of Berlin. We got a lot of info and suggestions to plan the rest of our visit. Great way to start your trip and great guide.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Steven, 04/09/2019

Engaging, interesting and really absorbing.

Our guide was Ysanne, and she was brilliant. So knowledgeable but delivered in such an engaging style. The 4 hours flew by and this was definitely the highlight of our visit. Despite being quite a large group (around 30) there was no problem keeping together, or being able to hear our guide.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/01/2019

An informative and fun walking tour with Ken from Dublin

We really enjoyed our tour. Ken was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He was informative and even his jokes were funny ! We saw all the major sites and increased our knowledge about Berlin and its history many times over. Ken also recommended some other things to do whilst in Berlin which were excellent too. I would recommend this tour at the beginning of your visit to get a broad knowledge about the history of Berlin which you then can use to further explore areas in detail.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Joanne, 03/19/2019

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