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The Pergamonmuseum is completely closed due to construction work. Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama remains open. Tickets

Profile of the Pergamonmuseum

The Pergamonmuseum was designed by Alfred Messel; its construction was overseen by Ludwig Hoffmann and lasted twenty years, from 1910 to 1930. A smaller building initially stood on the same site for a just few years before being torn down.

It housed the important excavation finds unearthed by the Berlin museums, such as the frieze panels from the Pergamon Altar, reclaimed from the earth in digs that lasted from 1878 to 1886. Inadequate foundations, however, soon resulted in the building becoming structurally unstable and it had to be demolished.

The new, larger Pergamonmuseum was built as a three-wing complex. The museum now houses three of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s collections: the Antikensammlung, the Vorderasiatisches Museum, and the Museum für Islamische Kunst. The impressive reconstructions of massive archaeological structures – the Pergamon Altar, Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Mshatta Facade – have made the Pergamonmuseum famous throughout the world, with the result that it is the most visited museum at the Staatliche Museen and in Germany as a whole.

Renovation of the Pergamonmuseum

As part of the Museumsinsel Master Plan, the Pergamonmuseum has been undergoing staggered renovations since 2013. The undertaking is being carried out in two construction phases.

First construction phase starting in 2013

During the renovation work, the hall featuring the Pergamon Altar will be closed, as is the North Wing of the building and the central section, where the Hellenistic Hall is located. The South Wing of the Pergamonmuseum – which features the Ishtar Gate, the Processional Way, the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art), and the Market Gate of Miletus were open during the first phase

Second construction phase starting in 2023

After the beginning of the second construction phase on 23 October 2023, the Pergamonmuseum will remain completely closed to visitors while undergoing comprehensive refurbishment.

In the future, the Museum für Islamische Kunst and its permanent exhibition will be on display in the North Wing, while the central section will continue to house the larger objects of the Antikensammlung. The reopening of the room featuring the Pergamon Altar and of the North Wing with the redesigned Museum für Islamische Kunst is slated for 2027. We appreciate your understanding for the inconvenience resulting from the closures.

Visit Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama

Significant artefacts from Pergamon along with the monumental panorama by Yadegar Asisi are on display in the exhibition building Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama, located in the direct vicinity of the Museumsinsel. The Pergamonmuseum is completely closed to the public due to construction work.