Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a full day of adventure in Berlin, Germany. Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums, which includes Pergamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum.
The island is located on the northern tip of the Spree Island in Berlin and was built between 1824 and 1930. The museums are the realization of a visionary project and show the evolution of approaches to museum design over the course of the 20th century.
The importance of the museum’s collections is enhanced by the urban and architectural quality of the buildings showing the development of civilization throughout the ages.
Since 1999, the museum complex in the city centre of Berlin has been the only architectural and cultural ensemble that is considered part of UNESCO world heritage.
The island, originally a residential area, was dedicated to “art and science” by King Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1841. Further extended under succeeding Prussian kings, the museum’s collections of art and archeology were turned into a public foundation after 1918.
They are today maintained by the Berlin State Museums branch of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Tours are open to the public and admissions vary so book online in advance.
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