Pergamonmuseum

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Pergamonmuseum

Pergamonmuseum
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About
The Pergamonmuseum is a three-wing complex. The museum houses three of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s collections: the Antikensammlung, Vorderasiatisches Museum, and the Museum für Islamische Kunst. The impressive reconstructions of massive archaeological structures – the Pergamon Altar, Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Mshatta Facade – have made the Pergamonmuseum famous throughout the world, with the result that it is the most visited museum at the Staatliche Museen and in Germany as a whole.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Hackescher Markt • 5 min walk
  • Oranienburger Straße • 7 min walk
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Michael H
Stuttgart, Germany4 contributions
Horrible Experience at Pergamon
Oct 2021 • Family
I gave this one star only because I had to in order to write this review. If the Pergamon staff reads, this, I’d appreciate an email or phone call. We tried to visit the Pergamon on 10 Oct, but we’re denied entry because we did not have a timeslot ticket in addition to the 3-Day ticket purchased online. This requirement was not mentioned when purchasing the 3-day ticket. After checking the website afterwards, it is mentioned only if you purchase a Pergamon single day ticket. Horrible IT, although should have known by now after living in Germany for over 2 years. Staff at the ticket counter was unhelpful, refused to ask guidance from manager, refused to offer an alternative and refused to refund our money because “they would lose money.” She mentioned that all the time slots were reserved on 8 Oct and next available was 12 Oct, so we couldn’t possibly have scheduled as 8 Oct was our travel day and we depart on 11 Oct. I saw this happen to another American family, too. Seemed like anti-Americanism, what is going on in Berlin? I sent an email to have our money returned, but knowing Germany, we’ll never see it…
Written October 10, 2021
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Hotlikefire
1 contribution
No ac either
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great pieces, sadly when I visitedI I was asked to move from a seating where I took place first. While someone else who came sitting on the same chair could stay.

My boyfriend and I felt it was racially motivated.
Written September 27, 2021
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Cyprian Z
Poznan, Poland134 contributions
Pergamon museum without pergamon exhibition
Sep 2021 • Couples
Dob’t get me wrong - the existing exhibiotion is nice, but I have to warn you before visiting now, because:

- Pergamon exhibition is being renovated and I have found out only reading small print on the ticket
- They are selling you the tickets for the entry time of 16:30 and beyond while it’s not enough to cover even 30% of the audioguide… and around 6pm they force you out
- Most of it are copies, hence they are not as guarded as they should be

So, while it could be very impressive (I really liked the Agora gate, even more than Ishtar), in this state it’s just a tourist trap. I would have waited until the renovation is over if I knew.
Written September 21, 2021
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Θανάσης Η
Athens, Greece73 contributions
Most famous museum os Berlin
Aug 2021
I think it is the most famous museum of museum-island and Berlin, in general. I have seen similar museums in other cities around Europe, so i was not totally impressed, apart 1 thing, that is indeed unique.
The ancient temple of Militus that is reconstruced inside the museum. It is very impressive and only for this, it worth the visit.
In the price is included free audio guide in many languages (greek among them).
Written August 19, 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,801 contributions
Pergamonmuseum
Aug 2021
Achtung!!!

The Pergamon museum has two thirds of it closed, literally. See my photo of the floor plan, the yellow areas are all closed for the next 3-4 years for renovation. You can watch a short video instead to learn how nicely it used to look. So you won't see the Pergamon Altar for the next 4 years and then they will close for renovation the remaining part housing the Ishtar Gate. The weird thing is that they don't tell you that until you start wondering why the museum became so small. Up until now I thought that it's endemic to Italian and Greek museums to sell you a ticket without notifying you of the closures first. But here they don't bother to even mention it at all. The ticket price is still at EUR 12 which is probably worth paying to see the Ishtar Gates alone but be aware of the situation. And the worst offense is the limited availability due to covid restrictions (we had to buy our tickets 2 days in advance) although it's in force only at the Pergamon and Neues Museum. At other museums tickets are available.
Written August 13, 2021
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SkinnyLizard
Rome, Italy29 contributions
A must!
Aug 2021 • Family
Not many words to describe a wonderful museum full of magnificent artworks. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Pergamon Altar as it was under restoration. Would recommend to go without tour or audio guide the explanations if you have a good culture are good enough to appreciate. It takes about 90 minutes to take a good look.
Written August 11, 2021
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Iamxkfhfk
1 contribution
Very disappointed
Aug 2021 • Friends
Ok. First of all you are asking for 12€ so one can see what you HAVE STOLEN (no students discount, unless you are with your lecturer). Inside the museum you are blaming the French and the Brits for stealing from the ottomans. Ok, we know that this whole museum should be a scandal but chose to visit it cause it is "once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the exhibits", but for FFS why are the exhibits' legends only in German?!?!
Written August 5, 2021
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Marina N
Germany40 contributions
Hype is bigger than the place
Aug 2021
I was expecting something way bigger and until the very end I was expecting the final artifact to WOW me... The expositions seemed all over the place and weren't really displayed chronologically, or logically. Or maybe i just couldn't find the logic,
I was also amazed how the managed to bring a whole building to the museum. Very impressive for that haha
Written August 3, 2021
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Bidule05
France614 contributions
Isabelle (France)
Sep 2020
n Pergamon museum, we saw the great altar of Pergamon, dedicated to Zeus and Athena, which was built in the year 170 BC. It was discovered around 1880 in the Pergamon city, which is located 110 km from ancient Smyrna (now Izmir in Turkey). We saw a fine model of Pergamon city, with the great altar. We climbed a staircase to the top of the Pergamon Altar, allowing to spot the beautiful Telephian Frieze depicting scenes from the legend of founding of Pergamon city.

We found that the highlight of the museum visit was the Ishtar Gate, which was discovered in the city of Babylon (Mesopotamia). In 1902; it was completely dismantled and transported to the Pergamon Museum.
We learnt that the Ishtar Gate was built in the year 580 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar. It was dedicated to Ishtar, goddess of love, war, life, procreation and death and procreation.
We were amazed by the 23 meters high Ishtar Gate, with its dazzling blue enamel decoration and the magnificent bas-reliefs in enamelled brick tinted in blue with a lapis lazuli powder. The decoration with the animals in relief in gold color was also wonderful; we saw bulls (symbols of Adad, god of storm and lightning), dragons (symbols of Marduk, protective god of Babylon). We crossed the Ishtaar gate, and walked along the processional way of Babylon, with its dazzling blue enamelled decorations and the magnificent lions in relief in gold color (symbols of the goddess Ishtar). It was fantastic, as we would have thought we had stepped back 2600 years! !! It was It was a magic and breathtaking spectacle !!!
Written May 18, 2021
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New Horizon Tours and Services
Kigali, Rwanda285 contributions
Great Historical Museum
Feb 2020
Was very much impressed by this museum and the way of preserving history of the past. More lessons learnt and will contribute a lot back home in management of museums and telling stories to the visitors and friends
Written January 2, 2021
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Pergamonmuseum is open:
  • Tue - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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