Pergamon Museum – Berlin

Bodestraße 1-3, Berlin
Berlin, Germany
closed on: open daily, except December 24 and 31 (afternoon)
Museum Type: Archaeology
Pergamon Museum Berlin Ishtar Gate

The Pergamonmuseum in Berlin (frequently written Pergamon Museum in English) is an archaeological museum located in the Museumsinsel, an island on the Spree river in the heart of the capital city of Germany. The museum is world-renowned for its impressive collection of ancient and classical architectural monuments.

Above: Pergamon Museum, Berlin; The Ishtar Gate from Babylon, 6th century B.C.; photo: Rufus Gefangenen (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Pergamonmuseum complex accommodates three museums, the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic art).
The three museums are housed in a large neoclassical palace built in 1930 after a design by German architects Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann.
All museums are focused on archaeology and, at least from a visitor’s point of view, can be considered a single entity.

The Pergamonmuseum features an impressive collection of artifacts, mostly coming from expeditions and excavations made by German archaeologists in Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Turkey during the 19th century.

The Collection of Classical Antiquities displays masterpieces of ancient Greek and Roman art, it is world-famous for the 110 meters long Hellenistic Altar of Pergamon, from which the whole museum complex takes its name, and for the Greek-Roman marble monument of the Miletus Gate.

The Museum of the Ancient Near East holds one on the world’s most important collections of oriental antiquities, which includes famous pieces such as the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way, once part of the city walls of Babylon.

The Museum of Islamic art is one of the largest of its kind and presents a large number of artifacts, such as the monumental Mshatta façade from Jordan, dating back to the 8th century A.D.

The program of events and activities of the Pergamon Museum includes temporary exhibitions and educational programs.


Pergamon Museum Berlin exterior

Pergamon Museum, Berlin, exterior view; photo: Andrew Dupont

Pergamonmuseum Berlin Pergamon Altar

The Pergamon Altar,  2nd century B.C.; photo: Daniel Mennerich

Pergamon Museum Berlin Athena Temple

The entrance of the Pergamene Temple of Athena, 2nd century B.C.; photo:

Pergamon Museum Berlin Market Gate of Miletus

The Market Gate of Miletus, 2nd century A.D.; photo: Daniel Mennerich

Pergamon Museum Berlin Hellenistic mosaic parakeet

A Hellenistic mosaic floor panel of an Alexandrine parakeet, 2nd century B.C.; photo: Kevin Gessner 

Pergamon Museum Berlin Perisan zodiac

Islamic zodiac plate with astrological symbols, 16th century; photo: Holly Hayes

Pergamon Museum Berlin Ishtar Gate decoration

The Ishtar Gate from Babylon (detail of the decoration), 6th century B.C.; photo: Azchael.

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