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Top 5 Pergamon Museum exhibits that aren't the Pergamon

The Pergamon Altar itself is, unfortunately, closed for renovation work until 2019. Is Berlin's museum of monuments still worth a visit without its title attraction? Absolutely! Here are five ancient treasures just as likely to amaze!

Ishtar Gate
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Ishtar Gate

The royal blue gateway was once used to lead spring festival processions from ancient Babylon. It takes one large room and an entire hallway to do the imposing structure justice!

Lamassu
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Lamassu

These large Sphinxes were found in the ancient Assyrian capital of Aššur. The protective deities – lion, eagle, and human hybrids – adorned the palace of King Tukulti-Ninurta I.

Market Gate of Miletus

This former entrance to an ancient Greek agora is truly breathtaking! It was completely devasted by an earthquake in the Middle Ages, but the reconstruction is a must-see!

Aleppo Room
Photo: Tilemahos Efthimiadis @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Aleppo Room

Commissioned by a prosperous Christian living under Ottoman rule, the ornate panels of this 17-century entrance room were created by some of the finest craftsmen of the time!

Mshatta Façade
Photo: Jim Woodward @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Mshatta Façade

Walid ibn Yazid reigned the Ummayad caliphate for only a year, never finishing his winter palace. Its façade is now the pride of the Pergamon Museum of Islamic Art. Don't miss it!

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

The Pergamon Museum is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM daily, except for Thursdays when it's open until 8:00PM.

How long does it take?

If you're only interested in the main monuments themselves, then you could tour the museum in less than an hour. Allow yourself at least three if you're curious about the smaller artifacts, such as ancient jewelry and evidence of early writing systems!

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices for the Pergamon start at €12, with concessions and discounts for online bookings available.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily 10:00AM to 6:00PM, except Thursdays, open until 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are €12, with many discounts and deals also available!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The museum is easily reachable from the S/U Bahn station Friedrichstraße.
  • Additional information
    ** The museum is open on all holidays, but with special hours. | For just €18 you can get a combo ticket to visit other museums in the area, as well!*

What people are saying about Pergamon Museum

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 3,951 reviews

Great value and made using all forms of public transport very easy.

Great value and made using all forms of public transport very easy. Use the 100 or 200 bus as a "free" alternative to the tourist hop on-hop off with use of your card. By purchasing in advance, I was able to collect and validate my ticket via the tourist office at the Airport and use the pass straight away for my onward travel into the city. DDR museum was very interesting as is the Technical Museum. Just wish I had more time to visit the other interesting museums in this fantastic city.

Museum Premium Card was Excellent - WelcomeCard not so much

I loved having the Museum Premium Card, though I don't understand why it's only good for 3 days - that's a heck of a lot of museum visiting packed into a short period of time. The WelcomeCard turned out to not be as useful as I'd hoped. I didn't have time for all the tourist discounts, since I spent hours in the museums, so I probably used the card about 3 times. It was a waste of money, as it turned out.

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Convenient but not easy to get at the airport

I got trouble to get the card the airport. Because even I had printed my voucher beforehand, the lady at the airport asked me to show a proof of how much I paid for to understand If I bought "museum island or premium pass" Unfortunately I couldn't show her anything else as I only got my voucher as described at the web site.

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Buy it at the train station. Its cheaper!

I did find out that if I bought the 3 day Berlin ABC pass at the train station it would have been €32. I paid £40 online. So actually paid more money then I needed to. This is not something that people would be aware of untill they arrive in Berlin.

I do not know how we would have done without him !!!

We were a family with 2 children(11,14) and I think it was worth the money .We pretty much went with public transport in Berlin and Potsdam .A one time I used to have a discount on another museum where we paid 21 euros instead of 14 euros !!

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