Museumsinsel - Museum Island, Berlin

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    Walk across the Bridge...

    by Greggor58 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    And you have arrived....Museum Island lies between the River Spree and Kupfergraben...here you will find the Pergamon Museum...the Altes Museum....the Neues Museum....the Bode Museum....the Alte Nationalgalerie....and the Berliner Dom....the Lustgarten

    Museum Island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999....I will quote the UNESCO WWW regarding the Museum Island..."The museum as a social phenomenon owes its origins to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. The five museums on the Museumsinsel in Berlin, built between 1824 and 1930, are the realization of a visionary project and show the evolution of approaches to museum design over the course of the 20th century."Hence the designation of UNESCO status....

    So....on a rainy or grey day that isnt so nice to be outdoors ....you could easily loose a day or two...or three or four.. wandering about here...and exploring some of Berlin's archaeological collections and art of the 19th century....

    The GDR put NO money into restoration of any of these magnificent buildings and in fact I walked past building facades that were still riddled with bullet holes from the Battle of Berlin in 1945.I had a hard time believing that 63 years after the War only recently has there been a concerted effort to fix these archetectural treasures!

    Today there is a huge reconstruction and modernization program under way.The value of the restoration work is measured in the billions of Euros...

    If you have any interest in history or appreciation of the Arts....then this is a MUST see while you are in Berlin.

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    Museumsinsel

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museumsinsel is a small island in the Spree River. The 'island of museums' not surprisingly gets its name from all of the museums located on it.

    This UNESCO World Heritage Sight is one of the most important complexes of museums in the world. When it was discovered that the island was slowly decaying, a massive renovation/restoration project commenced (back in 1992) and is due to be completed by 2010. When finished, all of the museums will be linked by an 'architectural promenade'.

    The museums are gradually being re-opened after restoration. The main museum here is the Pergamon Museum, which is one of the most important museums of ancient art and architecture in the world.

    You can also visit the Altes Museum, which looks a little like a Greek temple and houses ancient art and sculpture from Rome & Greece, or the Alte Nationalgalerie with its collection of 19th century European art.

    The island is also home to Berliner Dom and the remains of the Royal Palace, along with some lovely gardens and some shady places to rest your museum-weary feet.

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    Pergamon museum

    by Igraine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The fact that it was allowed to take pictures inside was great, without flashh though. Not that everyone keeps that such restrictions sadly enough. Those people do not understand that the flash will damage the objects in the long run.
    There was one guy with a big, pro looking camera who took a pic, without flash, checked his pic and immediatly took another one with flash. The official did warn him then but the damage was done.

    Anyways, I really liked to see this tablet writing. It is the source of our script today. Where would we be without it?!?

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    Walk on the path of history and art

    by tauroctonia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The old museum with the fountain of the Lustgarten

    You need at least one whole day to explore the museum island with its wide range of museums. It’s situated in the heart of Berlin, surrounded by the Spree river. Here’s a quick introduction:

    Pergamon museum – Greek, Babylonian and Roman antiquity collection, museum of Islamic art (8th till 19th century)

    old museum – Greek divinity sculptures, also changing exhibitions

    Alte Nationalgalerie (old national gallery) – art of the 19th century (Romantic period and Impressionism), mostly paintings

    new museum and Bode museum – currently under construction and restoration

    The centre of the museum island is marked by the impressive “Berliner Dom” (Berlin cathedral), the biggest protestant church in Germany (www.berliner-dom.de), finished in 1904. Its size and grandiose decoration, however, seems to be rather “catholic”. Be sure to visit the crypt of the Hohenzollern dynasty, the former Prussian kings!

    Take a stroll at the museum island in the evening during summer and you will be more delighted to find open air cinema, concerts and radio plays in front of the old national gallery. The Museum Island Festival takes place every year from May till September. For details have a look here (only in German): http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/mif/index.shtml.

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    Alte Nationalgalerie - 19th Century

    by Roadquill Written Feb 8, 2011

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    An absolutely wonderful collection of 19th century paintings and sculptures. I could have spent many more hours enjoying not only the well known artists such as Monet and Renoir, but there were many great works by German painters.

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    REOPENING OF THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM.

    by breughel Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    The Egyptian Museum at the Museuminsel is one of the three best Egyptian museums in Europe. Its shares this position with the Egyptian departments of Le Louvre and the British Museum.
    Visiting Berlin without seeing the famous bust of Nefertiti would be as sad as visiting Paris without seeing La Joconde-Mona Lisa!

    The Egyptian Museum, now located in the Neues Museum at the Museuminsel, reopened on 16th of October 2009. The collection consists of 45.000 objects. Most famous are the bust of Nefertiti, the sculpture with the head of Queen Tiy and the so called "Berlin Green Head". There is also a papyrus collection with 60.000 texts in various scripts.

    I visited twice the Egyptian collection when it was located in Charlottenburg. So I can not comment the present lay out but I can say that it is a wonderful collection of Egyptian art. Indeed it seemed to me that in Berlin priority was given to the aesthetical value of the exposed artefacts. Le Louvre and British Museum are more oriented towards artefacts and objects of daily life in Egypt.

    NEW. Nefertiti arrived in Berlin a century ago. Mr. Zahi Hawass, chief of the Antiquities in Cairo, is now aggressively claiming its return to Egypt. The case of the bust of Nefertiti is poisoning the relations between Egypt and Germany.
    Nefertiti is not the only artifact claimed by Mr. Hawass; there are some thousand objects he wants to get back. It sounds a bit strange knowing that the Egyptian museums have already no room to display thousands and thousands antic objects (security is a new problem as seen on 28/01/2011).

    Opening hours:
    Mon, Tue, Wed and Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 h
    Thu, Fri, Sat 10.00 - 20.00 h.

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    Pergamonmuseum

    by Roadquill Updated Nov 27, 2010

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    This is quite a stunning museum of ancient art and architecture. As you walk into the museum you face the Pergamon Altar. As if that was not enough in the next room is an Assyrian Palace. In the following room is the Ishtar Gate.

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    The pergamon

    by lina112 Written Jul 24, 2009

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    If you only have time to visit one of the museums of the island, you should certainly choose the Pergamon, a veritable feast of art Greek, Babylonian, Roman, Islamic and Middle Eastern found by German archaeologists in the early nineteenth century. The museum houses three major collections: the collection of classical antiquities, the museum of antiquities in the Middle East and the Museum of Islamic Art.

    Si solo tienes tiempo para visitar uno de los museos de la isla, debes sin duda elegir el pergamon, un verdadero festin de arte griego, babilonio, romano, islamico y de oriente proximo hallado por los arqueologos alemanes a principios del siglo XIX. El museo alberga tres importantes colecciones: la coleccion de antiguedades clásicas, el museo de antiguedades de oriente proximo y el museo de arte islamico.

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    Altes Museum

    by alancollins Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    The Altes Museum or Old Museum opened its doors to the public in 1830. The building which was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Modelled on the Greek Stoa in Athens with its Classical 18 colonnade façade. The building was badly damaged during WW2 and reconstruction work continued until 1966. At present the museum houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. One of the biggest attractions at the museum is the bust of Queen Nefertiti, discovered in 1912 and dating back to 1360 B.C. that has pride of place on the ground floor. The museums world famous collection contains altogether some 45,000 objects. Entrance is free between 6pm & 10pm on Thursdays.

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    Pergamon Museum

    by alancollins Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    The Pergamon Museum is one of the five museums sited on Museum Island and the newest. A number of museums have stood on the site, the present one being rebuilt after WW2 after the previous building with faulty foundations was damaged during the war. Today the three winged building houses three separate museums, the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum and the Near East Museum. The centre piece of the museum is the large Pergamon Altar which dates from 160BC.
    Opening Hours
    Sun - Wed: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Thu - Sat: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Free entrance between 6pm & 10pm on Thursdays

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    Pergamon Museum: Journey to the Ancient World

    by iblatt Updated Dec 10, 2008

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    The Pergamon Museum is the most popular museum on Museuminsel. You didn't think that so many tourists would queue up and spend their morning or afernoon in a museum dedicated to ancient Babylonian archeology, but it's a fact.
    When I entered I understood why this museum manages to attract so many visitors: the exhibits are stunning. You don't need to have a university degree in Babylonian archeology to admire the deep blue colors and exotic animal reliefs of the huge Ishtar gate. Walking through this gate you feel like you are in a time machine, walking down the processional way of ancient Babylon in 580 BC. Most of the other Babylonian exhibits are on a much smaller scale, although the stories associated with them cover all aspects of life in ancient Babylon. The audio guide is a good idea, but I found it too long and too detailed. At the time of my visit the exhibition rooms were packed with visitors who were standing still, hardly moving around, listening to the lengthy explanations on their audio guides. It does not do much for the flow of the visit through the museum.

    It was refreshing to go out again unto the main lobby, hop with the time machine to ancient Greece and Asia Minor, and admire the huge Pergamon altar (2nd century BC). The altar took 20 years to rebuild from its pieces. When I climbed the steps of the altar I felt like I was on site in ancient Bergama, and not in a museum in 21st-century Berlin. When you reach the top of the stairs you see the big and impressive frieze, which tells a story from the Greek mythology with amazing life-like figures. The section of classical antiquities also contains the impressive market gates of Miletus, and much more.
    The third part of the museum is dedicated to Islamic art.

    So, you don't need to be a history expert or an archeology buff. Visit the Pergamon Museum and be overwhelmed by the great feats of the ancient world!

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    Alte Nationalgalerie: A Temple for Art

    by iblatt Updated Nov 19, 2008

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    The name maybe does not sound inviting: "Old National Gallery", but this museum on Museuminsel holds a very interesting collection of paintings and sculptures.
    The building itself (reconstructed after WW II) is also interesting, and looks much like a classical temple.

    Most of the works of art are from Germany, but there are also paintings by impressionists and post-impressionists like Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cézanne and sculptures by Rodin.
    I learned a lot about Adolf Menzl's (e.g. "The Iron Rolling Mill") and Max Lieberman's work in this museum.

    The attached photos show some of my favorites: "Don Quixote" by Daumier, and 2 highly-expressive masterpieces by Munch.
    And remember: On Thursday evenings entrance is free!

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    Bode-Museum: Less Famous but Nonetheless Great!

    by iblatt Updated Oct 22, 2008

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    It was Thursday evening; I've already visited two other museums on Museuminsel, and was getting tired, but there was still time left until closing time (10pm on Thursdays!).
    The Bode-Museum was just 200 meters away, not to mention the free entrance on Thursday evenings, so I walked in, not expecting too much, especially after visiting the other, more illustrious, museums...

    I was very pleasantly surprised. The Bode-Museum is large and spacious, with ample room to show every work of art to its best advantage. There is a first-class collection of Byzantine art. For me, the best part was the superb, comprehensive sculpture collection, one of the best I have seen. Much of the original collection was acquired by the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm in the 17th century, but this was later greatly expanded. During the Cold War era the collection was split between East and West Berlin, and now, like the city, it is re-united.

    The photos show some of my favorites from the sculpture collection.

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    Altes Museum: Superb Antique Collection

    by iblatt Written Oct 21, 2008

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    The Altes Museum on Museuminsel is the home of a really remarkable antique collection, mainly sculptures but also ceramics and more. The art works are so compelling and so attractively displayed, that you do not have to be a history freak or an amateur archaelologist to admire them.

    There are two floors: the entrance floor contains classical antiquities, mostly Greek. You stand face to face with Pericles, you admire the bronze statue of the "Praying Boy" and learn that most probably this boy was holding some sacrificial vessel and not really holding out his arms in prayer. The classical antique collection was started in 1698, and the museum showcases contain the best of the best.

    The upper floor contains the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection. The star of the Egyptian show is no doubt Queen Nefertiti, probably the most famous ancient Egyptian statue in the world. It is truly enchanting. However there are a lot of other wonderful exhibits (Pharaohs, family group sculptures, scribes, and a cat who also draws many admirers, to name a few).

    One important tip: On Thursday evening the museum is open until 10pm, and entrance is then free!

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    A fascinating day

    by piglet44 Written Jul 28, 2008

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    We went only to the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island but it was really a great day out.Having walked there from our hotel near Checkpoint charlie up Wilhelmstrasse (where Hitler's bunker was) up and across by the Berliner Dom , we spent around 4 hours looking at the Babylon Truth and Myth collection as well as the permanent collection of the Babylonian period.It was great, and from then we went on to the Jewish quarter and the Synagogue.So it was a really full day.
    The museum is most interesting (if you like museums,of course) and the specific collection dealing with the real Babylon as against Babylon as it figures in Western cultural tradition and myths in art, literature and music was really great.
    All in all a splendid day out.

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