About the Museums on Museum Island
At a Glance: History of the 5 Museums on Museum Island
19th Century: The history of Museum Island begins in the 19th century when the Altes Museum (Old Museum) is constructed in 1830 to house royal collections. This marks the inception of the cultural complex.
Mid-19th Century: The Neues Museum (New Museum) is built in the mid-19th century, focusing on antiquities and Egyptian art.
Late 19th Century: The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) is established in the late 19th century, showcasing European art from the 19th century.
Early 20th Century: The Bode Museum is established in the early 20th century, housing sculptures and Byzantine art.
Early 20th Century: The Pergamon Museum is completed in the early 20th century, displaying monumental archaeological artifacts.
20th Century: The museums on Museum Island faced challenges during World War II, resulting in damage. Post-war efforts focus on restoration and renovation.
1999: Museum Island is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.