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


About the collections

The Pergamonmuseum is home to three of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s most impressive collections: the Antikensammlung, the Vorderasiatisches Museum, and the Museum für Islamische Kunst.

Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities)

The Antikensammlung is one of the world’s most important collections of Greek and Roman art. The collection is presented in three separate buildings on the Museumsinsel Berlin: in the Pergamonmuseum, the Altes Museum, and the Neues Museum. The exhibition in the Pergamonmuseum features full-scale reconstructions of architectural monuments from Greek and Roman antiquity.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the Pergamon Altar (180–160 BC). Its relief frieze is a masterpiece of Hellenistic art. It depicts the Olympian gods in battle with the Giants. A shining example of Roman architecture, by contrast, is the Market Gate of Miletus dating from around 100 AD.

Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East)

The Vorderasiatisches Museum primarily collects artefacts from a 6000-year timespan of cultural history from the regions Mesopotamia, Syria, and Anatolia. The approximately 270,000 objects in its overwhelming collection were mainly found during the major German excavations in Babylon, Assur, Uruk, and Sam’al.

Its principal attractions include the massive architectural reconstructions of the colourful Ishtar Gate and Processional Way of Babylon, dating from the time of Nebuchadnezzar II (6th century BC). Much smaller but no less significant are the earliest written documents known to humankind: cuneiform scripts on clay tablets dating from the late 4th millennium BC. They originate from the city of Uruk, as do the impressive temple façades decorated with thousands of colourful mosaic pieces. Since the opening of the new entrance building, the museum display begins with the large basalt sculptures from Tell Halaf.

Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art)

The Museum für Islamische Kunst boasts one of the most outstanding collections of Islamic art outside the Islamic world. It brings together masterpieces of the decorative arts and archaeological artefacts created by Muslim peoples and the Christian and Jewish groups living with and among them, dating from the 7th to the 19th century.

Particularly impressive highlights in the collection are the architectural works, some preserved in their entirety, which, in terms of their monumentality of scale, are without parallel in any other museum of its kind, first and foremost the intricately decorated stone façade of the caliph’s palace of Mshatta (Jordan, ca. 740) and the famous Aleppo Room with its brightly painted wood panelling (Syria, 1600).

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.