Berlin’s incredible Museumsinsel is a ¾ square mile island mid city. During World War II, over seventy percent of the original Museum buildings were destroyed, but the collections survived because they were ingeniously hidden or taken as war trophies by various countries.

 

Pergamon Altar: A vivid description, carved exquisitely in marble, of the battle between the Gods and the Giants. Hellenist Greek c. 155 B.C.

Museumsinsel has five architecturally renowned buildings with eighteen distinct collections dating from antiquity to the 20th century. Even with the ongoing reconstruction of the Old National Gallery and the New Museum, The Bode Museum, Pergamon, and Altes Museum have become a center and highlight of international culture. The works of art displayed here are among the world’s greatest treasures and chronicle mankind’s achievement throughout the ages.

 

The spectacular Cupola of the Altes Museum. Ancient works of art are in the niches of both floors.

The Bode Museum, at the tip of the Island, reopened in 2006 with collections of Renaissance and Baroque sculpture, Byzantine Art, Old Master Paintings and Numismatics.

 

The Pergamon Museum, the most popular and frequently visited museum in Germany, was originally built to accommodate the important excavations of the 19th century. The Pergamon Altar, perhaps the most famous piece, depicts the battle between the Gods and the Giants. These magnificent marble friezes are carved in high relief with the craftsmanship, passion and pathos rarely duplicated in the history of art. The incredible Ishtar Gates and Gates of Miletus are also at the Pergamon Museum.

 

The magnificent marble staircase, designed by Schinkel at the Bode Museum.

The Altes Museum, an architectural highlight of the island, has on display Egyptian and Classical antiquities of incomparable beauty and value.

 

Nefertiti is the most famous visitor of the Altes Museum. Egypt c. 1340 B.C.

Berlin’s Museum Island gives us 6,000 years of human history in less than a square mile.





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