Museumsinsel - Museum Island, Berlin

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    So much history so little time :)

    by Ruai Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Museum Island, historically the centre of museums in Berlin is coming back to life following reunification and years of investment. Of the museums on the Island at the moment, the Pergamon and the Egyptian collection now housed in the Alte Museum are the most spectacular (though may be just sour grapes as they literally closed the doors of the Boden museum as I ran up to the front door :(

    The Pergamon is a museum for those who like their history big and self explanatory. None of this heres a scale model of what something looked like (tho they have them too). This museum actually has the real thing with its central exhibit being the vast alter taken from the graeco-Roman town of the same name. But theres also lots more to see, including the amazing city gate from Babylon. You could easily spend a half day in the Pergamon along but that would mean you'd miss gazing upon the bust of Nefertiti, most beautiful Queen of Egypt and definitely a woman who could give fabled Helen a run for money in the looks department. This original piece is the standout of the very fine Egyptian collection that was moved to the Alte museum after reunification.

    Truth to tell, if you're a museum buff you could spend a day on Museum Island quite happily!

    Now those are what I call guardians!
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    Museum Island

    by Luchonda Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Museuminsel
    An idea of Friedrich Wilhelm IV to create a “Sanctuary of Art & Science”
    on an island surrounded by the river Spree. Another hot tip on what to do in Berlin.


    The Museums of Berlin's Museuminsel
    Altes Museum (The Old Museum)
    Neues Museum (The New Museum)
    Alte Nationalgalerie (The Old National Galerie)
    Das Pergamon Museum (The Pergamon Museum )
    The Pergamon was very recommended by the guide.
    It houses Roman sculpture and architectural treasures.
    Berliner Dom
    A Protestant counterweight to the St-Pieters Basilica in Rome
    The baroque building with Italian Renaissance is 114m long and 73m wide and was builded between 1894 and 1905.
    For sure an other eye catcher in Berlin

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    Gate of Ishtar

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    Museum of Ancient Near Eastern - The Museum of Western Asiatic Antiquities rates close to the Louvre and the British Museum as being one of the world's foremost museums of ancient oriental treasures. The display is shown in an area which covers some 2,000 square metres and conveys an impression of six thousand years of art, culture and history from the ancient Near East.

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    Islamic Section

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    The Museum of Islamic Art is found in the south section of the Pergamon Museum. It is a permanent exhibition and is dedicated to the art of Islamic people dating back to the eighth to the nineteenth century.

    The works of art displayed originate from an area which stretches from India to Spain. The collection's prime focus is on the Middle East which includes Egypt and Iran.

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    A World-Class Art Center (A UNESCO Heritage site)

    by whvcebu Written Jul 26, 2006

    Between the river Spree and Kupfergraben is the world-famous Museum Island. It is the home to superöative art collections vialling those of the Louvre in Paris (France), the Uffizio in Florence (Italy) or even the State Museum in St. PÜetersburg (Russia)

    There is an extensive restaurantion going on and it will take possibly years for all the works of art to be back on their original locations, which the war and the subsequent partition of the city had dispersed.

    Discover the Wolrd-Class Arts
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    Altes Nationalgallerie

    by hojasdehierba Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    This beautifully done temple-like building, with a monumental exterior staircase was opened at 1876. Seriously damaged during Second World War, although it has been reconstructed on two phases: first, after 1948, and recently, at nineties. It presently houses one of the largest collections of XIXth century picture and sculpture in Germany. It has a good display of Impresionist pictures (Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir...) and some Rodin sculptures. German painters are, of course, thoroughly represented.
    Este bonito edificio en forma de templo, con una monumental escalinata exterior fue abierto en 1876. Sufrio serios danhos en la Segunda Guerra Mundia, aunque ha sido reconstruido en dos fases: primero, en 1948, y mas recientemente, en la decada de los noventa. Actualmente alberga una de las mas grandes colecciones de pintura y escultura del siglo XIX de Alemania. Tiene una buena cantidad de cuadros impresionistas (Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir...) y algunas esculturas de Rodin. Por supuesto, los pintores alemanas estan extensamente representados en este museo.

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    Cont.

    by budapest8 Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    Next is the Neue Museum (1843–59), designed by Friedrich August Stüler, was built to relieve the Alte Museum, which was quickly becoming too small. The interior design of the building, which presents the history of humankind, is decorated in historical styles which relate directly to the objects exhibited and the epochs they represent. Completely destroyed during air raids, the master plan is to restore it by 2008 to plans drawn up by the architect David Chipperfield.
    The Nationalgalerie, now the Alte Nationalgalerie, was also conceived by Stüler from 1867–76 as a "Temple of the Sciences", and completed by Johann Heinrich Strack; it was then used to exhibit a collection of contemporary German art. The building, with its large external staircase and bronze statue of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. on horseback, was rebuilt in the 1950s and has been undergoing expensive restoration since 1997. In December 2001 the Alte Nationalgalerie has been reopened. The museum presents painting and sculptures of 19th century artists like Adolph von Menzel, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Rodin, Anselm Feuerbach, Arnold Böcklin, Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth.
    The Bodemuseum, a neo-baroque prestige building, was built around the turn of the last century. With its imposing dome and splendid entrance hall, the building seems to traverse the Spree like a ship. The museum's director, Wilhelm von Bode, conceived the interior of the building in such a way that each room was individually created in a style appropriate to the epoch exhibited there. The building is closed for renovation until 2005. Its picture collection can be viewed in the Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery) at the »Kulturforum.
    The last building on the island is the Pergamonmuseum, which was only completed in 1930. The main attractions are the Altar of Zeus from Pergamon, the Processional Avenue and Gate of Ishtar from Babylon and the Roman gate from Milet.

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    Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

    by budapest8 Written Nov 16, 2005

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    I enjoyed just walking around these museums and soaking up the culture, early morning before the hoards of tourists arrive or even dusk is better as I think much nicer to see a place in it`s element without swarms of people buzzing around with cameras.

    The consort of museums found on the Museum Island is a unique cultural inheritance which unites five important museum buildings into a heterogeneous but harmonic ensemble on the River Spree.
    The south of the island, near the Schlossbrücke bridge and the »Berlin Cathedral, is the location for the FIRST BUILDING, The Alte Museum (Old Museum), with the greenery of the Lustgarten stretching out in front of it. To the north, there is the Neue Museum (New Museum) and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). On the Kupfergraben side stands the Pergamonmuseum, with the Bode Museum completing the ensemble. The oldest museum complex in Berlin suffered more than 70 % destruction in the Second World War, and the painstaking work of restoration is a long way from being completed.
    The Five Museums
    The Alte Museum was built in 1830 to plans by Schinkel; its interior, particularly the domed rotunda, creates a wonderful atmosphere for the sculpture exhibited and the collection of ancient artworks.

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    The Five Museums

    by hundertmorgen Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    The consort of museums found on the Museum Island is a unique cultural inheritance which unites five important museum buildings into a heterogeneous but harmonic ensemble on the River Spree.

    The south of the island, near the Schlossbrücke bridge and the »Berlin Cathedral, is the location for the Alte Museum (Old Museum), with the greenery of the Lustgarten stretching out in front of it. To the north, there is the Neue Museum (New Museum) and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). On the Kupfergraben side stands the Pergamonmuseum, with the Bode Museum completing the ensemble. The oldest museum complex in Berlin suffered more than 70 % destruction in the Second World War, and the painstaking work of restoration is a long way from being completed.

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    Museum Island - Which ones are worth a visit?

    by Frisbeeace Written Aug 3, 2005

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    The Berlin Museumsinsel is a complex with five buildings (two of which are undergoing restoration) based on the urban planning ideas of the Prussian King Friedrich William IV. Berlin hopes to make this complex into one of the finest in the world. These museums contain an extensive collection of art treasures from all over the world and from all periods. The best is undoubtedly the Pergamon which contains unique exhibitions related to classical antiquities and Islamic art. The Egyptian Museum, with the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti, is relocating here during 2005. Your third choice should be the Old National Gallery, but the first two are the only must sees.

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    Old National Gallery (Altes Nationalgalerie)

    by TempNomad Updated Jul 29, 2005

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    Sadly, we only stopped in here for thirty minutes. We intended to return later, but then Berlin whisked us away and we never came back to the Museum Insel. This museum is included in the State sponsored three day pass. It's 8 Euro otherwise.

    From what I saw, the collection is wonderful and very extensive. The building was recently restored, and the entrance lobby is beautiful. Something to be aware of is that there are a lot of steps. Call first to find out about elevator access if you have trouble walking/climbing steps.

    An impressive entrance, just by the Dom
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    Museums

    by Igraine Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    On the Museuminsel you will find several different types of museums. E.g National history museum and Pergamom Museum with the Pergamon altar.

    Also in the Pergamon museum, Greek and Roman sculpture like this one. The way the museum is set up you can see the sculpture progressing through time and then finally go down again.

    Boy taking a thorn from his feet
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    Museum Island

    by Blatherwick Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Okay, I'll admit that the weather was too nice and I was completely "museumed out" by the time that I hit Berlin. Thus, I never went inside any of the great museums in this part of town. However, on an island in the Spree River, you will find five museums: the Pergamon, Museum of Antiquities, National Gallery, Altes and Bodemuseum.

    Altes Museum (Old Museum)
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    Museum Island: a treat for the eyes

    by GillianMcLaughlin Written Oct 31, 2004

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    Not much further along the Spree we are treated to a less than flattering view of the Alte Nationalegalerie.

    But the glimpse is sufficient enough to give a taste of what awaits in the worlds largest and arguably its best purpose made museum complex. Demolished resoundingly during the war, almost completely rebuilt since reunification, Berlin’s Museum Island now enjoys the international protection and recognition it deserves courtesy of joining the list of UNESCOs world heritage sites in 1999.

    Museum Island is a relatively recent cultural development by European standards (started in 1824 and finished only in 1930), and is squeezed between the rivers Spree and Kupfergraben. It encompasses no fewer than 5 museums: The Alte Nationalgalerie, the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Altes Museum and the Neues Museum. Architecturally, there is more than a casual nod to the grandeur of classic style, and each was constructed to ensure that the whole would provide a mixture of grandeur and style that would be harmonious and pleasing on the eye. It is a triumph.

    You will not be disappointed either should you decide to visit any of the museums. You will find therein the home of one of the largest collections of 19th century art in Germany including masterpieces by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and sculptures by Auguste Rodin. Elsewhere, in stunning settings and displays can be found some great treasures from antiquity.

    Open: Tues to Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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    National Gallery

    by bpwillet Written Jan 6, 2004

    The museum has been open since 2001 after it's restoration. It houses many different works of sculpture and paintings of the 18th-20th centurys. The exhibits include works of the impressionists, and 19th century European artists to name a few.

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