The James-Simon-Gallery on Museum Island is the hub of the World Heritage-listed Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum, Old Museum and New Museum ensembles.


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After the opening of the James Simon Gallery, visitors go up the stairs or stand on the terrace.

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The James-Simon-Gallery was opened on 12 July 2019 in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The Pergamon Museum can currently be reached directly through the 134 million euro building via an entrance on the upper floor and the Neues Museum, which is connected to the basement.
The building was named after the entrepreneur and art collector James Simon (1851-1932) by the British star architect David Chipperfield. Berlin's museums owe some 10,000 objects to his donations. These include the famous bust of Nefertiti, the main wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten from the 14th century BC.

Address, opening hours and contact


10178 Berlin
(030) 266 424 242
Opening Hours
Daily from 09:30 to 18:30, Thursday from 09:30 to 20:30
Admission Fee
Free (except special exhibitions)
accessible for people with impairments
The house and the exhibitions are barrier-free.

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)
Schlange vor der Neuen Nationalgalerie
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| Last edited: 19. December 2019