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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

Excellent informative and interesting - thanks Vera!

We were struggling to find a tour in English and this company kindly agreed to run this tour in English and not in German. Vera was an excellent and engaging guide, despite our group being a little worse for the wear after a late night the night before. She was patient and told interesting anecdotes and facts which brought the exhibits alive for us. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it.

Berlin: 2-Hour Guided Tour of the Pergamon Museum Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/10/2019

our tour guide Nathan is excellent, the best !

Our tour guide Nathan is really extremely knowledgeable! it was a really amazing tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by , 01/10/2019

No boat trips in winter, and ticket was difficult to obtain

It was difficult to convince the people working there that the ticket was valid, I'm not sure if they were looking for a barcode to scan. There was no boat ride and I couldnt even get on the Route B bus because they said it was not valid.

Berlin: Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Boat Option Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/08/2019

This will open your eyes and your minds!

Our guide Laura was extremely well informed and interesting she was also very personable. Thank you for a great experience Laura.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Mark, 12/13/2018

Fascinating tour delivered by highly intelligent, well-informed guide.

This was by far the most fascinating tour I have ever been on – partly thanks to the amazing recent history that fills Berlin, but also because of the knowledge and perception of the guide (Sam – I know there are two Sams, I think he was Sam F?). It has made me want to return to Berlin asap!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by John, 11/05/2018

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