What to see at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin: timetables, prices and tips

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Il Pergamonmuseum in Berlin is known worldwide as one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany and every year it counts about 850.000 tourists; rising on the museum island on the river Spree, not far from the Berlin cathedral, the museum takes its name from the ancient city of Pergamum in Turkey where most of the exhibits have been found.


  1. What to see and how to visit Pergamonmuseum
  2. The Pergamon Altar
  3. Market gate of Miletus
  4. The Ishtar Gate
  5. Throne of Nebuchadnezzar
  6. Mosaic of Orpheus
  7. Aleppo Hall
  8. Facade of the Mshatta Palace
  9. Hours and prices
  10. Online tickets and guided tours
  11. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Pergamonmuseum

Access to the museum is on Bodestraße 1-3, near the Neues Museum and the structure is organized as follows:

  • Antikensammlung: the collection of Ancient Art
  • Vorderasiatisches Museum: the museum of Anterior Asia
  • Museum für islamische Kunst: the Museum of Islamic Art

The three museums are located in the same building and are connected to each other by paying a single ticket. Let's go to the discovery of what not to miss absolutely.

1 - The Pergamon Altar

About 112 meters long, it was brought to Berlin by the Archaeologist Carl Human in 1886 with the permission of Sultan Abdul Hamid II and is only the frieze surrounding the base of the temple, the overlying part is instead only a rediscovery of the original remained in Turkey. Wanted by King Eumenes II in honor of Zeus and Athena, the Altarit is one of the best preserved works of the entire Hellenistic production and the monument celebrates the victory of the city of Pergamum over the Gauls in 166 BC. Furthermore, the Great Frieze, rich in pathos and dynamism, represents the Gigantomachia (the struggle between the gods and the Giants), an allusion to the conflicts between the inhabitants of Pergamum and the Galatians.

  • creation date: 129 AD
  • Author: -
  • Dimensions: length 112 meters
  • Technique of the work: sculpture

2 - Gate of the market of Miletus

In ancient times, the city of Miletus it was one of the most important and richest Greek cities on the coast of Asia Minor. The market gate was built around 180 BC, destroyed during the Middle Ages, but in 1903 its ruins were discovered during excavations by two German archaeologists (Theodor Wiegand and Hubert Knackfuß) and brought to Germany.

  • creation date: 180 a. C.
  • Dimensions: 22 x 17 mt
  • Technique of the work: sculpture

3 - The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate of Babylon is one of the 8 gates that gave access to the mythical city and its construction was commissioned by the sovereign Nebuchadnezzar; it was the northern access to the city and is richly decorated with polychrome glazed bricks with depictions of dragons and bulls in bas-relief representing the divinities to whom the door is dedicated.

  • creation date: th century BC
  • Author: Babylonians
  • Technique of the work: sculpture

4 - Throne of Nebuchadnezzar

Here, visitors can stroll through the sections of the buildings that have been recreated to their original size by meticulously reassembling the many broken pieces of glazed bricks extracted during archaeological excavations.

  • creation date: th century BC
  • Author: Babylonians
  • Technique of the work: sculpture

5 - Mosaic of Orpheus

An ancient mosaic from the city of Miletus, it stages mythical scenes and depictions of wild animals.

  • creation date: nd century AD
  • Author: Babylonians
  • Technique of the work: mosaic

6 - Aleppo Hall

One of the main attractions of the museum of Islamic art, the Aleppo room is a work covered with wooden panels painted with unique colors and details, depicting phloeral figures, human figures and mythological creatures.

  • creation date: 1600
  • Author: Syrians
  • Technique of the work: decoration on wood

7 - Facade of the Mshatta Palace

Built around the 3th century AD, the Facade in the Berlin museum is one of the 33 parts of the historic Arab castle associated with the Umayyad dynasty, with its 5 meters in length by meters in height.

  • creation date: VIII century AD
  • Author: Umayyad dynasty

Hours and prices

The Pergamonmuseum in Berlin is open every day from Monday to Sunday, it is closed only on December 24th.

  • Monday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00
  • Best time to avoid queues: we recommend that you go to the museum at 10:00
  • € 18,00
  • Reductions: € 9,50
  • Free: admission is free for minors, the unemployed, the disabled, students and carers of the disabled

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

Given the high flow of visitors, we advise you to go to the museum around opening hours so as to avoid waiting in line at the entrance; To book tickets in advance, you can also contact the Berlin Tourist Info.

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00
  2. Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Museum Pass Berlin Ticket lasting 3 days for € 29,00
  3. Priority ticket: buy the ticket with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues by calling the number Tel (+39) 030266424242 (Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 16:00)
  4. Watch out for restrictions: Some attractions and museums are not allowed to bring water or food, make sure you don't have any with you
  5. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 30 minutes for the visit. The ideal would be to be able to dedicate 45 minutes of time.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: from the city center in 12 minutes covering about 1 km - Get directions
  • By bus: TXL bus stop Staatsoper lines 100 and 200 - Lustgarten stop line 147
  • By metro: from Friedrichstraße stop with line U6 - Friedrichstraße stop line S1, S2, S25, S26 - Hackescher Markt stop line S3, S5, S7, S9
  • By tram: from the Am Kupfergraben stop with lines M1 and 12 - from the Universitätsstr stop with lines M1 and 12

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The Pergamon Museum it was badly damaged during the air attack on Berlin at the end of the Second World War and unfortunately many of the objects on display have been kept in safe places and some of the large pieces were walled up to ensure their protection. In 1945, the Red Army seized much of the museum's collection, with the apparent aim of preventing possible thefts and looting, with the intention of later returning the artistic heritage to Germany. In reality, difficult and often blocked negotiations are still underway to bring these works of art back to Berlin.

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