Museum Island
Museum Island
4.5
Speciality MuseumsPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Home to three famous museums - the Pergamon, the Altes and the Bode.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Hausvogteiplatz • 8 min walk
  • Hackescher Markt • 8 min walk
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  • Marcelo A
    Orlando, Florida16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Berlin Museum Island in one day
    I used Staatliche Museen zu Berlin website to buy the tickets. Select Combined Tickets - Museum Island + Panorama regular for 19 euros (this gives you access to all of the Museum Island museums listed below for one day) Timeline to get it done in one day: 10:00 Altes Museum (This one does NOT require a time slot reservation) 11:15 Neues Museum (Requires a time slot reservation) 13:15 Pergamon Museum (Requires a time slot reservation) 15:00 Alte National Galerie (Requires a time slot reservation) 16:15 Pergamon Das Panorama (Requires a time slot reservation) 17:00 Bode Museum (This one does NOT require a time slot reservation) Once you buy the one day ticket go to tickets and reserve times as shown above for the ones requiring time slots reservation. Select: time slot reservation (valid in combination with a museum island ticket) 0 euros. Time reservations are free with your 19 euros one day ticket. Bring water and snack. No time to do lunch. Enjoy
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Mordack W
    Roscommon, Ireland161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an awe-inspiring location
    I'd place this visit as top priority to all visitors of Berlin. You could easily devote a full day to absorbing the artwork, artifacts and amazing architecture that makes up the museums on this island. Bring a good pair of walking shoes, lots of energy, some water and perhaps a small lunch. Lots of unexpected surprises and breathtaking exhibits to admire. If you have time to visit more than one museum, there is a ticket available for €19 each to allow admission to multiple museums, please note booking visit times in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • @david_b_lewis
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great collection, in one place, of good collections
    Worth getting a hotel nearby because you can spend several days walking around these museums, and it's nice to start and finish close by. Note: Museums are busy and generally don't open until 10am. Several are closed Monday; the Humboldt Forum is open. Note: Not worth it to get the 3-day pass, because you'll probably need timed entry tickets to the museums, and I (at least) couldn't figure out how to get a timed-entry reservation without having to also buy a ticket. Note: Bode abuts other buildings but you have to leave the island to access it. Note: Pergamon supposed to be closed for the next 8 years, except for the separate gallery abjoining the Neues Museum. Note: for a fun chronological arrangement of subject material, start with the Altes Museum, then the Neues Museum and the Bode-Museum. Note: museums are good to very good individually, having them together makes for excellent experience
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Marianne G
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit site for Berlin lovers
    This Unesco heritage site features a lot of remarkable places, including the famous Berlin cathedral with the famous architect and panoramic view terrace, Altas (old) Museum and Neues (new) museum, Bode museum, and more galleries. This place is a must-visit for anyone even if you are not a museum person, you still can take wonderful photos of the buildings along the river. . I recommend getting the museum pass online in advance which allows you 3 days of free entry to most museums ( Berlin Cathedral is not included)
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 29, 2023
  • ElenaK0403
    London, United Kingdom454 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the art Market
    Definitely do this if you like art and architecture. A stroll through the area is a must. I was only visiting for a few days so didn’t have the time to visit all the museums but loved walking around and taking in the architecture and the surrounding areas. We walked through the arts market which was pretty amazing, sadly only open at the weekend
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Kathinated
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom790 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Packed museum area
    Lots of the main museums all together which masked a good whole day visit. Some local cafes and a street may on some days to give a break. Get the combined day ticket but don’t forget to book individual times for entry into the main museums. The ticket website is a bit confusing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Debbie H
    Oslo, Norway134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Berlin visit
    Go and experience this wonderful gem in the middle of Berlin! Photos do not do it justice, each building seems to outdo the other in architecture. And so many treasues inside. Take time to think about what you'd mostly be interested in. Take good walking shoes and focus on 2 museums with breaks each day.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Natalie Starling-Booth
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk along the the river and island
    We visited on a really nice sunny day in March and felt luck because the views are beautiful, especially in the sunshine. There a loads of different museums, the Bode being the most grand, unfortunately, there were a lot having building works so we were limited to where we could visit for the day. Worth a visit though, even just to take in the wonderful buildings and views.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • newlifechapters
    Nashville, Tennessee203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely place- even if you don't go to one of the museums
    Beautiful area with the beautiful museum buildings. The pergamon museum is closed for several years which is disappointing. We did go to the Neues Museum- I enjoyed the Egyptian displays (including the Nefertiti bust!) but the rest of the museum was an extensive display of moderately interesting artifacts. I think I'd expected more art/statues vs bones and small artifacts. I very much enjoyed walk about the buidlings and watching the river- the Cathedral added beauty to the landscape but we chose not to pay to enter.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2024
  • June A
    Surrey, United Kingdom2,757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose wisely and book in advance
    With no less than 5 museums to choose from plus of course The Dome you must choose carefully as which ones you want to visit. Realistically it's impossible to see more than 2 or 3 in a day so you may want to come more than once. Either way you won't be disappointed.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 7, 2024
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ876 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is not about the individual museums that I reviewed separately, but about the whole experience on Museum Island. Be patient because you will need it visiting here at least at the present time.

First, you need to buy a ticket AND a reservation. You also need a reservation FOR EACH exhibit, like Gaughan, if you want to visit. If you are solo or a couple ok, good luck trying to keep several family members straight.

The online tickets are sent to you in random order, and in German, so you have to try to organize them on your phone.

They will not accept a screenshot so it must be PDF. You also will be asked to show these tickets even inside the museums as you are viewing exhibits.

My advice; is just pick one museum as a small group and print out everything beforehand. Note, this is the only place in Germany that I had to deal with this.
Written April 22, 2022
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Tatjana B
Swanton, OH55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We went to Altes Museum first, after the ticket line in the Pergamon Museum was extremely busy. We got an all day ticket for the whole Museumsinsel at once to skip the lines and see what interests us in the different exhibits. After enjoying the Greek collection at Altes Museum we went back to Pergamon Museum. Unfortunately, skipping the long ticket line didn't work because we got sent back to get another " Zeitfensterticket " at the ticket booth. So, after we almost left the museum a nice lady at the information counter helped us out and referred us to her less busy coworkers, who issued another ticket for the Neues Museum, where we went to the Nefertiti bust. After realizing that the Pergamon Altar was still closed we skipped going back to get another Zeitfensterticket to get entry. I found that process very annoying and the company who manages the ticketing on Museumsinsel should find a more efficient way of letting people get access after they paid already for the tickets. Please, check with the Metropolitan Museum in NYC how they manage visitors and groups waiting in line for access. Berlin can do better!
Written June 15, 2022
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Alfie K
Leeds, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We bought the Museum Island pass which gives you access to all 5 museums plus the das panorama exhibit of the pergamon museum, which is in a separate building. Got into the Alte museum fine with no problems. We tried to get into the pergamon museum but we got told that we needed a time slot. We queued for 20 minutes only to be told that all time slots were gone. Very disappointing given we had already purchased the ticket. Went to das panorama to make the money worth it and it was fantastic.
Overall, the museum island pass is great value, but please make sure to buy well in advance of your trip and book a time slot online separately to avoid disappointment. The architecture of the museums is worth 30-45 mins on its own, a stunning place to visit!
Written April 12, 2023
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IKoch
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Museum Island is in the historical middle of Berlin. You can easily walk from the Friedrichstreet or just take the train to the station Hakescher-Markt.
Near the Spree are a lot of bars and you can sit in deck chairs, have some drinks with friends and look at the beautiful buildings.
I really like to walk around the Spree bank and sometimes there are street musicians and it creates a outstanding atmosphere with the Berliner Dom in the background.
If you have the time you should visit one of the museums like the Bodemuseum or the Pergamonmuseum.
Written May 20, 2020
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vaishak v
Bengaluru, India367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
A small island sandwiched between the Berlin dome and humbodlt university, it houses 6 museums, including the bod, altea, and the Pergammon. Pergamon was unfortunately shut due to covid, however, the panorama designed by yaldear asisi is a must visit. All the museums are very well kept, great collection, easily needs 2 full days to see the museums in its entirety. A delight for history and art lovers.
Written September 18, 2020
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Mordack W
Roscommon, Ireland161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
I'd place this visit as top priority to all visitors of Berlin. You could easily devote a full day to absorbing the artwork, artifacts and amazing architecture that makes up the museums on this island.
Bring a good pair of walking shoes, lots of energy, some water and perhaps a small lunch.
Lots of unexpected surprises and breathtaking exhibits to admire. If you have time to visit more than one museum, there is a ticket available for €19 each to allow admission to multiple museums, please note booking visit times in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Written September 23, 2023
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Trek08099634680
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Never. Again. They don't allow bags or coats inside the museums, which would be fine if I didn't need an inhaler. I was refused entry at the Pergamon Museum twice before - when trying to see if I could get a refund - someone gave me a clear bag with an 'allowed' label. Someone again tried to refuse me entry, until I showed them the bag and raised my voice at them. I then put the rest of my belongings in the coat check area. It was very hard to enjoy myself after this, especially cause the occasional person would stare at my bag. Why should someone have to announce their medical needs when entering a museum? I still tried, even used the audio guide - which isn't that good either. It's not super organized, but to be fair, is workable. It's also not accessible to those with hearing impairments unable to speak German or those with mobility issues, so I'd recommend skipping if you fall into either of those categories.
Written March 16, 2023
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andy y
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The amount of things to see is incredible. I think the best way to see the museums is over a 3-day time period, where you see a couple museums each day, and spend the rest of that day doing other unrelated things. Otherwise it's too each to get fatigued/overloaded.

The museums all have free coat/bag checks, but they have long lines. If you're planning to see multiple museums, the obvious trick is to check your stuff at one museum, skip the coat check lines at the other museums, and only get your stuff at the end.
Written April 17, 2023
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@david_b_lewis
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Worth getting a hotel nearby because you can spend several days walking around these museums, and it's nice to start and finish close by.

Note: Museums are busy and generally don't open until 10am. Several are closed Monday; the Humboldt Forum is open.

Note: Not worth it to get the 3-day pass, because you'll probably need timed entry tickets to the museums, and I (at least) couldn't figure out how to get a timed-entry reservation without having to also buy a ticket.

Note: Bode abuts other buildings but you have to leave the island to access it.

Note: Pergamon supposed to be closed for the next 8 years, except for the separate gallery abjoining the Neues Museum.

Note: for a fun chronological arrangement of subject material, start with the Altes Museum, then the Neues Museum and the Bode-Museum.

Note: museums are good to very good individually, having them together makes for excellent experience
Written October 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nina J
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Feeling not welcome in the museums. Umpleasant and ognoramt guards. Went to see Pergamon and Neues Museum after byimg tickets online, just to find that you need to book time slots to actually enter. The time slot could not be booked online and it was only possible to enter Neues Museum. The exhibition really lacked presenting the objects in context. All in all a poor experience
Written November 5, 2021
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