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Berlin lives, breathes and eats art: with its finger on the pulse of the times, Berlin is home to an emergent vital, new art scene. A Mecca for contemporary art, Berlin attracts creative young people from around the globe. The reconstruction of the Hamburger Bahnhof transformed a large industrial building into a temple of contemporary art. At the same time, a new and internationally renowned gallery scene is booming in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg.
Berlin is a city of museums. Over 170 museums house history, art and knowledge, creating a unique museum landscape. It is a dynamic one that continues to grow at a breathtaking tempo. Berlin's museum landscape has undergone rapid change in recent years, as is illustrated by the fact that in the near future a total of 27 new or completely renovated museums will have been opened.
A look into the future...
The Museumsinsel is situated on the northern part of an island in the centre of Berlin in the River Spree and has an area of almost one square kilometer. On this island, over six thousand years of human history are presented in a temple city of art and culture. The archaeological museums will be connected with one another at their base level both spatially and thematically by the Archaeological Promenade. This is the contextual bond which will present the cultures of the ancient occidental world in an overall, interdisciplinary display. In a main circuit in the Pergamon Museum the large streams of visitors will be presented the major exhibits of the Berlin Museums, i.e. the monumental architecture of the old world. At the same time, these exhibits each continue to be connected spatially with the associated collections. Each building, which also has its own entrance, offers individual visitors a direct, undisturbed, intensive encounter with its collections.
ALTES MUSEUM (Collection of Classical Antiquities)
The Altes Museum, which is the germ cell of the Museumsinsel, presents the culture of Greece in its historic development by means of the example of the extensive Berlin excavations in Olympia, Samos, Milet and Priene in a tour around the rotunda, which has been copied from the Pantheon in Rome.
NEUES MUSEUM (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Museum of Prehistory and Early History, Collection of Classical Antiquities)
In Neues Museum the geographical breadth, historical richness and exceptional quality of the archaeological collections bring to life the history of the Old World, stretching from the Near East to the Atlantic, from North Africa to Scandinavia, across several millennia at once, in the form of both the remains of material culture and written sources. Renowned archaeological treasures, such as the bust of Nefertiti and the Egyptian Museum’s entire collection of Armana Art, combine with world-famous exhibits from the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, such as the skull of the Neanderthal from Le Moustier or Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of Trojan Antiquities, to form a unique panorama of the early history of humankind.
BODE-MUSEUM ( Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art, Works from the Old Master Paintings, Numismatic Collection, Children's Gallery)
The Bode-Museum offers a special kind of bridge. The Christian Orient with focus on Coptic Egypt, Byzantine art and Ravenna form the prelude to the sculpture of the Middle Ages, which is followed by the rich collection of Italian Gothic and early Renaissance. German Late Gothic with works from Tilman Riemenschneider, the south German Renaissance and finally the baroque state art of Prussia lead into the 18th century.
PERGAMONMUSEUM (Collection of Classical Antiquities , Museum of the Ancient Near East , Museum of Islamic Art)
The Pergamon Museum was conceived as a "Dreiflügelanlage". It accommodates three separate museums: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), occupying the architectural halls and the sculpture wing, the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). The monumental reconstruction of archaeological building ensembles – such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate including the Processional Way of Babylon and the Mshatta Façade – has made the Pergamonmuseum world-famous.
As a museum for paintings and sculptures of the 19th century, the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) offers a retrospective view as well as a look forward to modernity. Its works span the range from the Classicism of the Goethe era through Romanticism and Biedermeier and on to the Impressionism which had already been exhibited in the Nationalgalerie before 1900.