Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

On this page, we have gathered the most asked questions about Museums Island Berlin. For your convenience, we have sorted them into different categories.

Let's begin with general questions!

General Questions about Museum Island Berlin

Is it worth visiting all museums in Museum Island in Berlin ?

Certainly, all the museums on Museum Island in Berlin are worth visiting. Each of the five museums hosts a unique collection of cultural treasures and priceless exhibitions. From ancient civilizations to modern masterpieces, there is something for everyone's taste and interest. If you have limited time or prefer a curated experience, don't miss the must-see museums: the Pergamon Museum, where awe-inspiring archaeological findings from ancient times are exhibited, and the Neues Museum, which houses fascinating Egyptian artifacts like the famous Nefertiti bust. >> More Information

Which city pass is needed to visit Museum Island in Berlin?

There are four Berlin Museum Island city pass options that enable you to visit Museum Island in Berlin:
1. You can purchase the Museumspass Berlin card. With this card, you can enter more than 30 museums and exhibitions, including the 5 museums on Berlin Museum Island, for free.
2. You can also obtain a day ticket for Berlin Museum Island, which grants you free entry to the 5 museums.
3. By purchasing a Berlin Welcome Card Museum Island ticket, you can benefit from the advantages of the Berlin Welcome Card.
4. By purchasing the all-inclusive Berlin Welcome Card, you can benefit from discounts at more than 180 events and enter museums without buying additional tickets, depending on the ticket conditions.

Is there a restaurant on Museum Island in Berlin?

Yes. On Museum Island, you can satisfy your hunger quickly at the following restaurants without wasting any time.
✦Lebenswelten Bistro
From the first floor of the Humboldt Forum located on the other side of the road, you can satisfy your hunger with affordable yet high-quality meals at this bistro.
✦Bandy's Currywurst
You can get all varieties of Berlin's traditional taste, Currywurst, from here. Additionally, you can complement your menu with Berlin's famous beers.
✦Bandy Brooks
You can satisfy your hunger with ice cream and crepes.
You can explore more German food flavors.
✦Dom Cafe
A wonderful spot to take a coffee and dessert break.
✦Trattoria Pizzeria San Nicola
If your preference is for Italian cuisine, you will love this restaurant.
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Is there a 3-day pass for Museum Island in Berlin?

Yes, the Berlin WelcomeCard Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is valid for 3 days. You can use it to enter all the museums on Museum Island without paying any additional fees. You can be sure that what you see will be worth it!

What can I do on Museum Island in Berlin?

In Berlin's Museum Island, you can marvel at a treasure trove of priceless exhibitions. Five museums, from ancient artifacts and archaeological treasures to masterful sculptures and paintings, showcase the priceless heritage listed by UNESCO. Explore our special articles to discover each museum's permanent exhibition and significant highlights.

What are the 5 museums on Museum Island in Berlin?

The five museums located on Museum Island in Berlin are the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum.               >> More Information

What time is Museum Island open?

Pergamon Museum: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm // Neues Museum: Thu: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Monday: closed
>More information about the Opening Hours Museum Island

Which Berlin museums require timed entry?

A time slot ticket is required to visit the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Pergamon Museum).

> Purchase your ticket and select your preferred time slot while it is still available here!

How do you get to Museum Island?

erlin is a city with a highly developed public transportation network. You can reach Museum Island (Museumsinsel) quickly and easily using public transport vehicles. You can take the underground using the U5, U6, or S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S25, S5, S7 or S75. The S-Bahn stop of Hackescher Markt is just 15 minutes walk away from the Island. >How do you get to Museum Island?

Can you walk to Museum Island?

By Walk: The Museum Island is centrally located in Berlin. It is also very close to many other tourist attractions. You can reach Museum Island from Hackescher Markt in a 10-minute walk, TV Tower in 11 minutes, from Alexanderplatz in 14 minutes, Friedrichstraße in 15 minutes and from Brandenburg Gate in 20 minutes. (Distances are approximate.)  >More Information

Frequently Asked Questions about Pergamon Museum

What is the Pergamon Museum known for?

The Pergamon Museum in Berlin hosts three very important and worth-seeing collections. However, it is renowned for the Pergamon Altar (180-160 BC).            >Detailed information about the Pergamon Museum

Is the Pergamon Panorama worth it?

The Asisi Panorama at the Pergamon Museum offers an easily understandable and monumental concept with a 360° view of an ancient city in Asia Minor.

How long do you need at the Pergamon Museum?

This may vary depending on your interest. However, it is recommended to plan for a minimum of 2 hours. >More information about visit duration

Why is the Pergamon Museum in Berlin?

Pergamon (Bergama) is a district in the Izmir province of Turkey. The main reason for the presence of the Bergama Zeus Altar in Berlin is primarily due to the discoveries made by the German engineer Carl Humann in the Bergama region. The Zeus Altar is one of the most admired works of the Hellenistic era. The artifact has been exhibited in Berlin since 1910.

Why is the Pergamon Altar important?

Monumental architectural endeavors, including the Pergamon Altar, served as a crucial means for the Attalids to assert their legitimacy as rightful successors of Alexander's empire and, consequently, the heritage of Classical Greece. The Altar stands prominently in the foreground, while a model of the acropolis at Pergamon is displayed

Why will Pergamon Museum close?

Starting from October 23, 2023, the Pergamon Museum on Berlin's Museum Island will be closed for visits until the spring of 2027 due to necessary renovation works as part of the "Museum Island Master Plan."

Frequently Asked Questions about Bode Museum

What is Bode Museum known for?

The Bode Museum, located in the magnificent building of the Berlin Museum Island, is renowned for its coin collection and Byzantine art objects and sculptures. >Detailed information about the Bode Museum

Why was the Bode Museum built?

Max Hasak built the Bode Museum, located at the northern end of Museum Island, between 1897 and 1904 to house Wilhelm von Bode's original sculpture and painting inventory, which extended to the Brandenburg Electors' Kunstkammer.

Who built the Bode Museum?

The Bode Museum was built by Ernst von Ihne and Max Hasak between 1897 and 1904. The establishment of this precious museum, located on Museum Island, is based on the art historian Wilhelm von Bode's dream of building an art museum. >Detailed information about Building's Architectural Side

What can you see in the Bode Museum?

The signature works that you can see at the Bode Museum are as follows. >Detailed information about the Bode Museum

  • The relief of the Pazzi Madonna by Donatello
  • Bernini's "Satyr with Panther”
  • Tilman Riemenschneider's "Four Evangelists“
  • Ancient sarcophagi from Rome as well as mosaic icons

How long does it take to see the Bode-Museum?

It is recommended to allocate a minimum of 2 hours to visit the Bode Museum. This suggested time frame may vary depending on how you wish to explore the museum. You can find information about guided tours at the Bode Museum here. If you prefer to explore the historical artifacts alone, audio-guided tours can shed light on your visit.  >Information about the best time slot for Bode Museum

Frequently Asked Questions about Neues Museum

What is the Neues Museum famous for?

The most famous point of the Neues Museum is the Nefertiti Bust. However, we should not overlook the fact that it also houses many other valuable works, such as the 'Green Head' and the 'Berlin Gold Hat.' >Detailed information about the Neues Museum

How much time is needed for the Neues Museum?

The average time needed to visit the Neues Museum is about 1.5-2 hours. Additionally, the recommended visiting time for a comfortable experience is 10:00 AM. >Information about the best time slots for Neues Museum

Where is the Nefertiti bust?

You can see the Nefertiti Bust at the Neues Museum's Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection section located in Museum Island. The Nefertiti Bust, the prized possession of the Neues Museum, is displayed in a spacious room all by itself.

When was the Neues Museum restored?

Between 2003 and 2009, the Neues museum was rebuilt according to the plans of the British architect David Chipperfield. The original structure of the building was preserved, and great care was taken to harmonize it with the old. The Neues Museum was completed in 2007 and opened to visitors in 2009 in the Museum Island.    >>Detailed information about Building's Architectural Side

What does the name Nefertiti mean?

The name of Nefertiti, exhibited in the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin, has Egyptian origins, and its meaning is "the beautiful one has arrived".

Frequently Asked Questions about Alte Nationalgalerie

What is exhibited in the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) in Berlin?

At the Alte Nationalgalerie, artworks from the 19th century are exhibited. You will find paintings and sculptures influenced by movements such as Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Modernism. >> More Information about Alte Nationalgalerie

What is the history of the Nationalgalerie Berlin?

Nationalgalerie (National Gallery) Berlin was founded as a museum of contemporary art.In 1861, the decision to establish the Nationalgalerie Berlin was made following banker Johann Heinrich Wagener's donation of 262 paintings by both German and foreign artists. The gallery, which is located on Museum Island in Berlin, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.  >> Read More about Alte Nationalgalerie

What can one see in the Alte Nationalgalerie?

In Berlin's Alte Nationalgalerie, you will discover masterpieces such as 'The Balcony Room' and 'Iron Rolling Mill' (paintings by Adolph Menzel), 'Double Statue of the Princesses Luise and Friederike of Prussia' (a masterpiece by Johann Gottfried Schadow), 'Bronze equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm IV' sculpted by Alexander Calandrelli, 'Monk by the Sea' (a painting by Caspar David Friedrich), and 'In Summer' (a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir).                                               >> Read More about Alte Nationalgalerie's Collections (Permanent Exhibition)

What is the Alte Nationalgalerie famous for?

The National Gallery Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez's Rokeby Venus, Turner's Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

How old is the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)?

The National Gallery Berlin is over 145 years old.. It was built between 1866 and 1876. Located on Museum Island, the gallery is considered one of the most important museum architectures of the 19th century. You can take a closer look at the history of the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Frequently Asked Questions about Altes Museum

What is the Altes Museum known for?

The Altes Museum is renowned for being the first building of both Berlin and Museum Island. It was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and is one of the most captivating architectural structures in Berlin. It houses numerous artworks from the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan periods, even hosting the second-largest Etruscan art collection after Italy.

What is inside the Altes Museum?

The Altes Museum, built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, houses the city's fine arts collection, including old favorite paintings, drawings, prints, and the Numismatic Collection on Museum Island in Berlin. Important works of Etruscan and Roman art are kept here, and Greek Art is also exhibited. >> Read More about Altes Museum

Is the Altes Museum Berlin free?

The Altes Museum is free for children and young people up to the age of 18. (On Sundays, you can access the list of museums that are free under the Free Museum Day.) >> Buy Online Ticket Now

Why was the Altes Museum built?

The Altes museum building was built between 1823 and 1830 by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the neoclassical style to house the Prussian royal family's art collection. It was designed to showcase various art pieces, including old favorite paintings, drawings, prints, and the Numismatic Collection. The museum also houses important artworks from the Etruscan and Roman periods, as well as Greek art. >> More Details about History of Altes Museum

What was the Altes Museum in Berlin modeled after?

The Altes Museum, built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel from 1823 to 1830, is one of Europe's important museum buildings with a wide and orderly staircase and an elegant rotunda modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tickets & Guided Tours

How much does it cost to go to Museum Island in Berlin?

Tickets to the Alte Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Bode-Museum can be purchased on site at a price of 10 € per person. Tickets to the Neues Museum and Pergamonmuseum cost 12 € on site. The “Museum Island + Panorama Ticket” costs 19 €. On the 1st Sunday of the month, admission to all museums on Museum Island is free.  >> BUY TICKET ONLINE

How much does it cost to go to the Pergamon Museum?

Tickets for the Pergamon Museum cost €12 and €6 for concessions. A combo ticket for access to all museums on the Museum Island costs €19 for adults and €9.50 for concessions. A 3-day Museum Pass for Berlin costs €32 for adults and €16 for concessions. >> BUY PERGAMON MUSEUM TICKET ONLINE

Do you need reservations for museums in Berlin?

To visit the five museums located on Museum Island in Berlin, a time slot ticket should be reserved. >> BUY TICKET ONLINE

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