Situated on Berlin’s magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Museum Island, Pergamon Museum is a star of the island’s 5-museum ensemble. The ancient archaeological reconstructions it houses, including the breathtaking Pergamon Altar and the Roman Market Gate of Miletus, are dazzling, and the exquisite classical antiquities and Islamic and Middle Eastern collections are feasts for the eyes.
The Pergamon was the final museum built on the island; construction finished in 1930 after 20 years. Its grand, palatial design was the collaborative work of German architects Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann and consists of 3 wings: the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum and The Middle East Museum. This immense hub of history, arts and culture will overload your senses; with so much to see, it’s a good idea to set aside at least 2 to 3 hours to take in as much as you can.
Exhibits such as the life-sized reconstructions of several archaeological treasures, including the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, the Greek Pergamon Altar and a monumental marble Roman gate, have transformed the Pergamon into not only a world-famous Berlin attraction, but also the most visited museum in Germany. For smaller – but equally precious – delights, don’t miss the jewellery, carpets, textiles, ceramics and metal ware ranging from Ottoman Turkey to ancient Babylon.
Visiting Pergamon also makes it easy to check out the other 4 museums on Museum Island, including the oldest one on the site, the Altes Museum (Old Museum). It’s a great way to maximise your exposure to the city’s art and culture. (Or, of course, you can take your time in each museum and come back again and again.) Pergamon Museum and Museum Island are in the central Mitte district; take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Friedrichstraße.
Please note: The Pergamon Altar exhibit is currently closed for renovations until 2019.