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.
U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25, S26 (Friedrichstraße); S3, S5, S7, S9 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)
Low-carbon public transport connections
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Opening times on public holidays Plan your visit
During the current stage of renovations, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar is due to remain closed to the public until 2023. The north wing and the gallery of Hellenistic art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing of the Pergamonmuseum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and is open to the public during this time.
At the moment the finds from Uruk and Habuba Kabira as well as the rooms with babylonian and ancient iranian monuments are not accessible to the public.
Please note that the elevator is out of order until further notice and that due to construction and the high volume of visitors, longer waiting times may be experienced.
Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.