Timings : 10 AM - 6 PM (Tue - Sun), 10 AM - 8 PM (Thursday)
Time Required : Morning (so all museums can be visited in a day)
Entry Fee : EUR 18 to visit all 5 museums in a day ( reduced to EUR 9 for students)
Museum Island, called as Museumsinsel in German, is home to a unique ensemble of 5 eminent museums namely Altes museum, Neuse museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. The island also consists of Berlin Cathedral and Lustgarten Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with many archaeological artefacts and breathtaking painting collections.
Located on the northern part of an island in the river Spree in the heart of Berlin city, the Museum Island receives several praises for the acclaimed bust of Nefertiti and the Pergamon Altar, that it houses in its museums among several other archaeological objects and sculptures. Furthermore, the museums consist of works from Berlin, Byzantium, and Ancient Egypt; making it an ideal place to visit for art and museum lovers. Though the place is so lively and aesthetic that it can also be enjoyed by people who appreciate some unique and incredible architectural buildings and scenic spots.
The Altes Museum, constructed between 1823 and 1830 and also known as the Old Museum Building, is known for its unique neoclassical style of architecture and classic antique collection of the Berlin State Museum. Antiques like Greek glass amphora from 2nd century BC and Ancient Greek helmets are displayed on the ground floor of this museum while special exhibitions are held on the second floor.
Humboldt Forum is the future large-scale project that is expected to open by the end of 2019 and will be the result of the reconstruction of Berlin Palace in the Museum Islands. It will be the museum of world culture tracing the roots of the successor museum - Ancient Prussian Art Chamber, which was a part of Berlin Palace. The museum will be named after the two brothers - Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt.
Upon its completion, it is expected to house two restaurants, a theatre, a movie theatre, Ethnological Museum of Berlin, Museum of Asian Art, and an auditorium. Some of the artefacts that visitors can expect on display in this museum are the ship from the Island Luf, the hand of a Western Gorilla, Vishnu, Nandi, etc.
There are several public transport options that visitor can choose from in order to reach Museum Island. The S-Bahn train lines S1, S2, S25, S5, S7 or S75 stop at Hackescher Markt, and it takes just a 12 min walk from here to reach the Island. S-Bahn trains run from 4:30 AM to 1:30 AM on weekdays at 5-20 min intervals, depending on the time of the day, and 24 hours during weekends with 30-min intervals at night. One can also take bus 100 and 200 during the daytime, that stop at Lustgarten bus stop, 600m away from Pergamon Museum.Metro trams M1 and M12 also stop near Kupfergraben that is a 5 min walk from the island. They run in 10-min intervals during the daytime and in every 30 minutes in the night time (after 12:30 AM). Visitors can also travel by U-Bahn (underground, subway) that run from 4 AM to 1 AM during weekdays, with 5-min intervals during the day time and 10-min intervals in the night. U-Bahn runs for 24 hours on weekends, with 10-min intervals during the day and 15-mins in the night. Underground U6 stops at Friedrichstr, that takes an 8 min walk to reach the Museum Island.
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