One of the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its archaeological holdings. The Pergamon, located on Museum Island, is really three museums in one – the Collection of Classical Antiquities (also on display in the Old Museum), the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art.


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Ishtar Gate of Babylon

The Pergamon Museum’s monumental highlights are truly breathtaking to behold. In the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the 2nd century BC Pergamon Altar, considered a Hellenistic masterpiece, has a frieze depicting a battle between the Gods and the Giants; the Market Gate of Miletus shows an important example of Roman architecture.
The Museum of the Ancient Near East, which ranks among the world’s best collections of treasures from this region, is dominated by the imposing bright blue glazed-brick Ishtar Gate of Babylon from 6th century BC. The gate is decorated with dragons, lions and bulls, symbolizing the major gods of Babylon; a transparent back wall lets visitors see how the massive gate was reconstructed from fragments. Also notable in this collection is the façade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar, a reconstructed Neo-Assyrian palace from the 12th century BC, and artifacts from the earliest history of the written word.

Museum of the Ancient Near East

The Museum of Islamic Art was started in 1904 with a donation of precious carpets by Wilhelm von Bode. Such textiles still make up a major part of the exhibition, with colourful examples from Iran, Asia Minor, Egypt and the Caucuses on view. Highlights from the collection of 8th – 19th century Islamic art and craft include the 17th century Aleppo Zimmer, a vividly coloured panelled room from a merchant’s house in the Syrian city of Aleppo that is painted with Arabian and Persian verses and sayings and pictures of people, plants, and mythical beings.

Renovations at the Pergamon Museum

Please note that due to extensive renovations, the Pergamon Altar hall is currently closed to visitors. It is scheduled to reopen in late 2019. The other parts of the Pergamon Museum are not affected and stay open to the public during that time.

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Pergamonmuseum: Current exhibitions

Schreitender Löwe von der Prozessionsstraße, Babylon, Zeit König Nebukadnezars II., 604–562 v. Chr.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

The Museum of the Ancient Near East ranks alongside the Louvre and the British Museum as one of the world's leading museums of ancient oriental treasures. Shown in an area covering 2,000 square metres the exhibits convey an impression of six thousand... more

Saal der römischen Architektur
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius

Architecture of Antiquity

With an annual figure of 1.000.000 visitors the Pergamon Museum ranks among the most popular buildings of the state museums. Visitors can experience the antiquity through the reconstructions of momentous archaeological construction ensembles. Entering... more

Mitmachstation zur Geschichte des Schachspiels zwischen Nordafrika und Europa
© Marlene Kettner

Trans-cultural Relations, Global Biographies – Islamic Art?

Selected artefacts currently on display in the Museum für Islamische Kunst at the Pergamonmuseum illustrate how various objects have migrated across different continents and how, on closer inspection, shared visual motifs, forms, and craft techniques... more

Hundertausende Glasurziegelfragmente werden in den Kolonnaden des Neuen Museums sortiert, Berlin 1927/1928
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Fotograf unbekannt

From Fragment to Monument

The Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) is devoting a scholarly and historical study exhibition at the Pergamonmuseum to one of the Museumsinsel Berlin’s most popular attractions: the Ishtar Gate. From its excavation in Babylon... more

Traum und Trauma. Wiedereröffnung der Teppichsäle im Museum für Islamische Kunst – Vasen-Teppich, Persien, um 1600, Wolle
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Johannes Kramer

Dream and Trauma

It is impossible to imagine the cultural history of Europe without the carpets and tapestries produced by Islamic cultures. They attest to the continual cultural dialogue between Europe and the Near and Middle East, and form a particular focus in the... more

Iran. Kunst und Kultur aus fünf Jahrtausende
© The Sarikhani Collection, Foto: H.-D. Beyer

Coming up: Iran. 5.000 Years of Art and Culture

30 October 2021 to 20 February 2022

The exhibits, many of which have never been shown before, illustrate the outstanding importance of Iran as a driving force for intercultural exchange and provide insights into the art of the courts and urban elites. more

Galleries (in German)

  • Antikensammlung Pergamon-Museum© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Johannes Laurentius
    Antikensammlung Pergamonmuseum
  • Bode-Museum Westseite© Arne Janssen/BerlinOnline


Am Kupfergraben 5
10178 Berlin
+49 (0)30 266 424 242
Opening Hours
Tue-Sun 10-18 (Thu 10-20)
Admission Fee
19 Euro, reduced 9,50 Euro

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Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama

Permanent exhibition

In Yadegar Asisis' new Pergamon panorama, original parts of the Pergamon altar and a video installation can be seen. more

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| Last edited: 9. December 2020