BODE MUSEUM BERLIN

Find here important information to plan your visit, including the historical and architectural side, collection and opening hours.

HISTORY / ARCHITECTURE

The Historical Journey of the Bode Museum Berlin

The Bode Museum is an art museum located within a historically protected building in the northern part of Berlin's Museum Island. It was first opened in 1904 under the name Kaiser Friedrich (the name of Empress Victoria’s deceased husband) Museum. Max Hasak built the museum between 1897 and 1904 to house Wilhelm von Bode's original sculpture and painting inventory.
The Bode Museum in Berlin, for the first time, brought together a collection of artworks consisting of paintings and sculptures that were considered "high arts" at the time, entirely different from traditional museums, and introduced them to the public.

This valuable museum on Museum Island in Berlin houses a first-class collection of sculptures and medals, coin galleries [The Münzkabinette], Byzantine art, and many artifacts found in archaeological excavations in Anatolia.
During World War II, the Bode Museum was damaged, and some sections were reconstructed. After approximately six years of restoration work, it was reopened on October 17, 2006. Since then, the museum's name was changed in honor of one of its founders, Wilhelm von Bode.

The Bode Museum Berlin Building's Architectural Side

With its magnificent dome, the neo-baroque structure immediately catches your eye. It is worth seeing and has a stunning baroque architectural style.
In order to make the building look as if it were rising out of the water, the architect (Chief Architect Ernst von Ihne) grouped the three-winged building around several inner courtyards directly on the banks of the Spree.
During World War II, the building suffered major damage, particularly in the area of the dome. Beginning in the 1950s, the building was gradually rebuilt and put into operation.


The Bode Museum's Collections (Permanent Exhibition)

The Bode Museum, located in the Berlin Museum Island and known for its magnificent architectural structure, hosts two collections: the Sculpture Collection and the Museum of Byzantine Art and Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection).
The collections in the Bode Museum are geographical and chronological. The first floor of the museum exhibits Byzantine and Gothic art of Europe, while the second floor showcases Renaissance and Baroque art.

Let's get to know these three collections more closely!

1. The Sculpture Collection and the Museum of Byzantine Art:

In this section of the Bode Museum, you will see one of the world's largest sculpture collections. The collection includes captivating works such as Donatello's 'Pazzi Madonna' and Antonio Canova's 'Dancer'.
In the Bode Museum's Byzantine art section, you will see ancient and Byzantine art pieces dating from the 3rd to the 15th century. You will be captivated by the pre-Christian and Christian sarcophagi from Rome, as well as the figurative and decorative sculptures from the Eastern Roman Empire. You will also encounter elegant ivory carvings and mosaic icons in this section.

2. Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection):

The "Münzkabinett" means Coin Cabinet. In this section, you will find more than half a million objects on display. One of the world's most important coin collections can be found at the Bode Museum. In addition to coins, it also houses seals, tokens, and minting tools. It showcases the period from the 7th century BC when coins were first minted to the modern-day euro coins.

Highlights of the collection

- 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

Bode Museum Berlin Tickets & Tours

Berlin Bode Museum Ticket

- Visit the Bode Museum on Berlin's Museum Island

- Admire the Sculpture Collection

- Discover the Museum of Byzantine Art

- Explore the Münzkabinett and find out more about coins from ancient times through the Middle Ages up to modern times

€ 12.00

4.4

  • Non-refundable
  • Valid 1 day
  • Audio guide included
Berlin WelcomeCard All Inclusive

- Free entry to 30+ Berlin highlights

- Incl. 1 day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour

- Save up to 50% on 150+ attractions

- Free CityGuide including city map

€ 105.00

3.7

  • Non-refundable
  • Duration 2-6 days
  • Instant confirmation
Tickets for Bode Museum

- Use this smartphone ticket and get right into one of the world's largest sculpture collections

- Travel time and space through art, from Ancient Greece to the Byzantine Empire, right up until the 19th century

- See the famous Flora bust - possibly created by Leonardo da Vinci (though more likely made by 19th-century sculptor Richard Cockle Lucas)

€ 12

4.6

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smartphone ticket
  • Instant confirmation
Berlin Welcome Card 72 Hour Museum Island and Public Transport

- Admission once a day to Museums of Museum Island (extra charges may apply for special exhibitions) 

- Free CityGuide including a city map

- Public transportation ticket for 72 hours (zones AB or ABC, depending on option selected) 

- Discounts of up to 50% at many partner attractions

€ 54.00

5.0

  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration 3 days
  • Instant confirmation
Plan Your Visit to the Bode Museum Berlin

Plan Your Visit to the Bode Museum Berlin

Location

Am Kupfergraben, 10178 Berlin

Getting to Bode Museum Berlin

S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
U-Bahn: Friedrichstraße
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
- Bus: Staatsoper, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße

Opening Hours

- Mon closed
- Tue: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Wed: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Thu: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Fri: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Sat: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Sun: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm


Things to Know Before Visiting the Bode Museum Berlin

A coat check service is provided for storing coats and bulky belongings that may pose a security issue during exhibitions. You will need a coin for this service.

Children and young people under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge. Children below the age of 6 are also free. Don’t forget to bring the ID of your children.

You must read the rules of the museum ticket you purchased. It is necessary to entry the museums within the specified time slot on the ticket.

In Berlin, Sunday is a free museum day. However, it is essential to make a reservation even for these museums.

The Bode Museum, located in the Museum Island of Berlin, is a large museum. We recommend choosing sports shoes as you will be walking a lot.

We recommend joining guided or audio-guided tours to understand the extensive history of the Bode Museum and explore its cultural heritage comfortably.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bode Museum in Berlin

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