The exhibition addresses a wide array of questions about the understanding of space in the ancient cultures of the wider Mediterranean region. Even in antiquity, man would observe his living environment, adapt himself to the natural conditions it imposed and shape it according to his needs. Through the development of writing he was able to create new forms of organisation, preserve and pass on knowledge and archive information.
Precise knowledge of natural phenomena is reflected in the observation of the heavens, as early records from the Near East, Egypt and Europe show. A central section of the exhibition presents the mapping of the world, which reflects concrete transcription of geographical knowledge in the form of text and illustration. More than 400 objects create a panorama of the journeys of the gods, physical and spiritual realms, curses, oracles, even sound spaces, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the lived reality of antiquity.
An exhibition from the Excellence Cluster Topoi in cooperation with the National Museums in Berlin.
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partially wheelchair accessible
Please note: Pergamonmuseum is exclusively entered through James-Simon-Galerie!
Site plan: Entrance to the Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum (PDF)
All groups meet at the information desk at the upper foyer in James-Simon-Galerie, entering by using the big stairway.
Advice for group visits to the Pergamonmuseum an the Neues Museum (PDF)
Due to a technical issue, the lift is out of service until further notice, meaning the Museum für Islamische Kunst is not currently wheelchair accessible. The major architectural exhibits – such as the Processional Way, featuring the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus – are still accessible to people with mobility issues.
U-Bahn: Museumsinsel (U5)
S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
Bus: Staatsoper, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße
Low-carbon public transport connections
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