Art of the 19th Century

Permanent exhibition
Alte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie is one of the most comprehensive collections of art stemming from the period between the French Revolution and the First World War, ranging from Neoclassicism and Romanticism to Impressionism and the Secessions. The harmonious relationship between the museum architecture and its collection is unique. Designed under the auspices of Heinrich Strack according to plans by August Stüler, the gallery was built between 1867 and 1876. It now houses one of the most beautiful collections of art from that century of its kind, with a tour through the museum offering profound insights into the art of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

First Upper Floor Exhibition

The world’s largest collection of paintings by Adolph Menzel includes such important works as Das Balkonzimmer (The Balcony Room) and Das Eisenwalzwerk (The Iron Rolling Mill). The artist is revealed as an unremitting observer, who took up important subjects of Prussian history and in doing so demonstrated an astonishing imagination and a fine sense of colouring.

In addition, paintings by members of the Secession, including Sabine Lepsius, Dora Hitz, Lovis Corinth and Franz von Stuck, point the way towards Modernism.

The sculpture collection presents famous 19th-century works, such as the Princess Group by Johann Gottfried Schadow and works by Berthel Thorwaldsen, Antonio Canova, Ridolfo Schadow, Reinhold Begas, Adolf von Hildebrand and Constantin Meunier.

Second Upper Floor Exhibition

The collection also contains rich holdings of high-quality Impressionist painting. Masterpieces by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Paul Cézanne and sculptures by Auguste Rodin were acquired at an early date.

Paintings from the second half of the 19th century are represented with works by Hans Thoma, Anselm Feuerbach, Arnold Böcklin, Hans von Marées, Wilhelm Leibl and Wilhelm Trübner. The Alte Nationalgalerie also presents its extensive collection of paintings by Max Liebermann.

Third Upper Floor Exhibition

The art of Goethe’s era is represented with landscapes by Jakob Philipp Hackert, portraits by Anton Graff and his contemporaries, and works of the German artists working in Rome, known as the Nazarenes: Peter Cornelius, Friedrich Overbeck, Wilhelm Schadow and Philipp Veit. Their frescoes illustrating the story of Joseph, commissioned for the Casa Bartholdy in Rome, constitute a significant work of art from that period.

Two rooms on the top floor of the Alte Nationalgalerie offer space for the jewels of Romanticism. Paintings by Caspar David Friedrich from all phases of his oeuvre illustrate the development of the great master of German Romantic art. Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s programmatic architectural visions are evidence of the architect’s ingeniousness as a landscape painter. Another focus is formed by the works of Carl Blechen, whose vibrant colours and unconventional motifs are ahead of their time. Also on display are portraits by Philipp Otto Runge, Gottlieb Schick and Caroline Bardua, as well as landscapes by Joseph Anton Koch and Carl Rottmann. Biedermeier art is represented with Berlin views by Eduard Gaertner and Johann Erdmann Hummel, in addition to landscapes and portraits by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and others.

A permanent exhibition of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Students at Alte Nationalgalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie / Anika Büssemeier
Die Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts im Überblick

Ausstellungsgespräch | 60 Minuten | 30 Euro

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt
It's a Match!?

Projekttag | 180 Minuten | 90 Euro

Students at Alte Nationalgalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie / Valerie Schmidt
Portraits des 19. Jahrhunderts

Ausstellungsgespräch | 60 Minuten | 30 Euro

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Illustration Leo Leowald
Spot on: Porträts

Projekttag | 240 Minuten | 120 Euro

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2024
United – Miteinander verbunden

Projekttag | 240 Minuten | kostenfrei

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Illustration Leo Leowald
Wie sieht Glück aus? Glücksdarstellungen

Projekttag | 240 Minuten | 120 Euro

Impressionisms - Monet, Renoir, Cézanne | guided tour

Alte Nationalgalerie
Guided tour (60 min)

Blick in den Saal der Deutschrömer im 2. Ausstellungsgeschoss der Alten Nationalgalerie
© © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / David von Becker
Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts | Führung

Alte Nationalgalerie
Guided tour (60 min)

Alte Nationalgalerie| third party tour (permanent exhibition)

Alte Nationalgalerie
Guided tour by third parties

10178 Berlin

partially wheelchair accessible

U-Bahn: Museumsinsel (U5)
S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
Bus: Staatsoper, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße

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Sun 09:00 - 18:00
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Tue 09:00 - 20:00
Wed 09:00 - 20:00
Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri 09:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00

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Ascension Day, 09.05.2024 and Pentecost Sunday, 19.05.2024
Opening hours 9:00 am to 08:00 pm

Pentecost Monday, 20.05.2024
Opening hours 09:00 am to 06:00 pm 

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