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Museum of Prehistory and Early History in the New Museum Berlin

Museum of Prehistory and Early History in the New Museum Berlin

The Museum of Prehistory and Early History is one of the largest archaeological museums in Germany and one of the largest national collections of prehistoric finds in Europe.

The highlights are the Troy Collection and the discovery of a Neanderthal of Le Moustier, the Bronze Age "Berlin Gold Hat", the grave inventories of the Merovingian period and the treasures from the early Iron Age princely tombs of Slovenia. In addition to a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions are regularly shown. The museum has a specialist library for prehistoric archaeology with over 50,000 volumes. The museum also houses the Commission for Research on Archaeological Collections and Documents from North-East Central Europe, a project to research ancient Egyptian calendars and a number of other institutions.






Museum of Prehistory and Early History Berlin

Location & Sights nearby

Since 2009, the Museum of Prehistory and Early History has moved into the Neues Museum, which is located on Museum Island in the Berlin-Mitte district. Other museums on the island include the large Pergamon Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection (in the New Museum), the Bode Museum and the Museum of Pre- and Early History (also in the New Museum). Directly opposite is the impressive Berlin Cathedral, and not far away are the lively Alexanderplatz and the 368-meter-high TV tower.


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Brief history of the Pergamonmuseum

The museum is named after the city of Pergamon, where German archaeologists found the famous altar, which today stands in the central room of the museum. When the Kaiser Friedrich Museum was opened on Museum Island (now the Bodemuseum) in 1904, it was clear that the building was not large enough to house all the art and archaeological treasures under German supervision. Excavations were carried out in the areas of ancient Babylon, Uruk, Assur, Miletus, Priene and ancient Egypt, and the objects from these sites could not be correctly displayed in the existing German museum system. The Pergamon Museum was badly damaged in the air raids on Berlin at the end of the Second World War. It was not until 1958 that most of the objects were returned to East Germany. Essential parts of the collection remain in Russia.

Address, opening hours...


Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
Opening times: Mon closed, Tue,Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Admission: 12 Euro, concessions 6 Euro
Public transport: Subway U6 (Friedrichstraße), S-Bahn S1, S2, S3 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Markt), Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt), Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Am Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)




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