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andrejav andrejav
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Museum Island in Berlin Dec 24, 2011
Museum Island in Berlin is a group of few large museums right next to the Berlin Cathedral. Whole area is a city park and it is surrounded by canals that you can also visit on the boat tour. In my knowledge most of the museums existed prior to Second World War, and they were heavily damaged or destroyed (including many expositions) during the war. My absolute favorite is a Pergamon Museum due to its exhibitions of almost pristine Greek pottery, unbelievable objects from Egyptian, Babylonian and other civilizations, and of course Ishtar Gate, and Hammurabi’s finger… They also host whole Greek Temple, Roman Temple, and Babylonian gate is actually the small one… bigger one can’t fit in the museum. Beautiful Middle Eastern exhibition covers great carpet designs from many world famous regions, astrolabes, arabesques, and many beautiful items. Special treat is a room with scripts, which includes some of the most amazing writings, such as original Iliad… Other museum that I like is Bode, and that one is on the tip of the island. All of them are big, and you would need couple days to cover them in right manner. I have been trying to visit it every time I am in Berlin, and I constantly find incredible exhibits that I did not see previously.
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dqfn1 dqfn1
71 reviews
Museumsinsel May 20, 2008
There are six museums at this island. Amongst them are the Bodenmuseum: this museum is all about antique art and treasures from the Roman Empire until the Renaissance (more info about this museum is in my blog). The Altes Museum, the bust of Nefertiti is there (again more info in my blog). The Pergamonmusuem, there are objects from Little Asia, Babylon and many other locations.

Most objects are classical, but the temporary exhibitions are also filled with modern or even futuristic exhibitions. At the time I visited the Pergamon museum they had an exhibition about modern and future museums. Scale models and everything. The exhibition was made in style with the subject... which made it very special considering my education... it was a school excursion.
Bust of Nefertiti.
The Pergamon Museum.
Inside of the Pergamon Museum, the…
Section of a wall from the Ishtar …
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
93 reviews
six museums on one island Aug 15, 1999
Museumsinsel consists of 6 museums: the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum, the Pergamonmuseum and the James Simon-Galerie. All buildings (built in the late 19th and early 20th century) are designed to reflect the collections they are housing. The island as a whole is listed on Unesco's World Heritage List.

I have only been inside one of the museums on Museumsinsel myself, the Pergamon, and it took two visits to see it all. Which is no surprise considering it's actually 4 museums in one building: the Egyptian Museum, Near Eastern Museum, Antique Collection and Museum of Islamic Art. It includes whole temples, and the splendid Babylonian Ishtar Gate. Anyone interested in ancient history will find his or her heart's desire here.

One thing that annoyed me during my last visit, was the fact that a lot of people take the fact that photography is allowed to mean that people who are quietly studying something must move out of the way for people wanting to take a picture. One man literally shoved me out of the way.

Otherwise the museum is very well organised, you can follow a main route of highlights or explore each part more thoroughly. Audioguides and explanatory leaflets are available.

I have yet to visit the other five museums, but from the outside they all look splendid.

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