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

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Profile of the Vorderasiatische Museum

Visiting the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) affords the opportunity to see a wonder of the ancient world: the gorgeously coloured Ishtar Gate and the Babylonian Processional Way. The Vorderasiatisches Museum invites museum-goers to experience the reconstruction of these iconic architectural structures from the ancient city of Babylon, as well as a host of other artefacts providing evidence of the cultures of the ancient Near East.

The ancient cities of Mesopotamia had long since fallen into ruin when German archaeologists began excavations in Babylon, Assur, Uruk and other sites in the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century. The finds were divided among the participants in the digs and the respective antiquities authorities. Thanks to meticulous documentation carried out on site, it was possible to reconstruct the architectural monuments and artworks through laborious restoration work in Berlin, where they are now on display in the museum.

Today, the Vorderasiatisches Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of Near East antiquities in the world. Highlights include the victory stele of the Assyrian King Esarhaddon, unearthed in 1888 in Zincirli in what is now southeast Turkey; the white, shimmering worshipper from the Ishtar Temple in Assur; and the finely cut cylinder seals from Assur, Uruk and Babylon. Among the collection’s 30,000 cuneiform tablets are fragments of literary texts and legal documents.

The objects in the collection bear witness to 6,000 years of art and culture in Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia. They are displayed in the Pergamonmuseum, where along with the the Antikensammlung and the Museum für Islamische Kunst, the Vorderasiatiches Museum tells of the rich history of the Near East and the influence these civilisations had on the cultures of Classical Antiquity and Islam that succeeded them.

Refurbishment of the Pergamonmuseum

As part of the Museumsinsel Master Plan, the Pergamonmuseum has been undergoing a two-phase refurbishment since 2013 based on plans by the architectural firm O. M. Ungers. The Pergamon Alter Hall, the North Wing and the Hellenistic Hall are closed for the first construction phase.

The second construction phase involves the additional closure from 23 October 2023 of the Pegamonmuseum’s South Wing with the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way of the Vorderasiatisches Museum, as well as the Museum für Islamic Kunst and the hall containing the Market Gate of Miletus.

Completion of construction on the Pergamon Altar Hall and the North Hall with the newly installed Museum für Islamische Kunst is planned for 2025. The opening of this section of the museum is expected in spring 2027. We appreciate your understanding for any 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.