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Old Museum on Museum Island Berlin

Old Museum on Museum Island Berlin

The Old Museum is one of the most important buildings of Classicism, completed in 1830 and houses one of the largest collections of Etruscan art outside Italy.

Be amazed by bronzes, urns, statues, ceramics, carved ivory, precious stones, vases and cultural assets. Originally created for all Berlin art collections, the Old Museum has housed the Collection of Classical Antiquities since 1904. The collection of the Numismatic Collection also includes Byzantine art from the 3rd to 19th centuries and a selection of the most valuable coins and medals from antiquity to the 20th century.






Old Museum in Berlin

Location & Sights nearby

The Old Museum is located on the famous Museum Island in the Berlin-Mitte district, right next to the impressive Berlin Cathedral. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers days of travel through the history and cultures of the world. Other museums on the island include the famous Pergamon Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection (in the Neues Museum), the Bode Museum and the Museum of Pre- and Early History (in the Neues Museum). Not far away is the lively Alexanderplatz and the 368 meter high TV tower.



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Old Museum on Museum Island

Brief history of the Old Museum

The Old Museum was the impetus for today's Unesco world heritage, the Museum Island. The royal commission appointed in 1823, which was responsible for the conception of the museum, decided to exhibit only "Fine Art" in the planned building. During National Socialism, the Old Museum served as a backdrop for propaganda, both in the museum itself and on the relocation grounds of the newly designed pleasure garden. Shortly before the end of the Second World War, the museum was badly damaged when a tanker exploded in front of the museum and the frescoes designed by Schinkel and Peter Cornelius, which adorned the entrance hall and the back wall of the portico, were largely lost. Since 1998, the Collection of Classical Antiquities in the Old Museum has shown its Greek collection with the treasure chamber on the ground floor of the building.

Address, opening hours...


Address: Altes Museum, Am Lustgarten 1, 10178 Berlin
Opening times: Mon closed, Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Admission: 10 €, concessions: 5 €
Public transport: S Hackescher Markt: S5, S7, S75, S9, Bus: Lustgarten: 100, 200




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