Episode 06: Museum Island

Altes Museum


Museuminsel, 10178 Berlin


  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • It contains the oldest museum in Germany and the most visited one

The Museum Island is one of Berlin’s most famous sites and there are good reasons for that. First of all, it was home of the Prussian Palace and later, during GDR times, to the Palace of Republic. It is also home of the Berlin Cathedral, which you can learn more about on our last week’s talk, and to five really great museums.

Yes, great museums. So great that UNESCO put the Museum Island in its World Heritage list. So great that they present six thousand years of human artistic evolution. So great that one of them even houses a whole city gate inside.

In our talk you can listen more about the history behind this really cool place. Here we will tell you a bit more about what to expect from the permanent exhibitions of these museums when exploring them today.

In the Altes Museum, or Old Museum, you will find Roman and Etruscan art and objects. In the Neues Museum, or New Museum, you will find the Egyptian and Pre-historic collections. The rock star of this exhibition is the bust of Nefertiti. Make sure not to miss it! The Alte Nationalgalerie, Old National Gallery, is the one that looks like the Acropolis of Athens. It contains German and European paintings from the 19th and early 20th century. There you will be able to see some really nice gems from Monet, Caspar David Friedrich, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and others. In Bode Museum you will find the Byzantine art collection and  the coins collection. Coins might sound really dull, but they are actually super cool. And last but not least, in the Pergamon you will find the Islamic Art collection, the Antiquity Collection and the Minor Asia collection. The reason most people visit the museum is for its Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate. Yes, all of those inside the museum’s walls. Crazy.

For more on the Museum Island, listen to our talk here:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas


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