Buy an ‘unlimited’ ticket which entitles you to entry to all museums for three days - this way you can come and go as you please and beat the queues.
From S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse it is only a short walk to Museumsinsel, an island in the Spree which contains five different museums.
The 1830 Altes Museum (Old Museum) contains the Berlin State Museums’ collection of classical antiquities: the nearby Neues Museum (New Museum) was finished in 1859, but destroyed in World War II. Rebuilt and finally reopened in 2009, it houses artefacts from prehistory and many works from ancient Egypt including an iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), completed in 1876 to designs by Friedrich August Stüler, shows a collection of Neo-classical, Romantic, Impressionist and early Modernist artwork. The Bode Museum on the island's northern tip exhibits the sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art.
Finally the Pergamon Museum, constructed in 1930, contains multiple reconstructed and immensely historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
There is actually far too much to see in one day, so take your time and visit a few things in depth. The island is truly impressive in size, and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to wander between exhibits in neighbouring museums spanning the last three thousand years of history.
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