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Pergamon Museum - Museum Of The Ancient Near East

The Pergamon Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) ranks alongside the Louvre and the British Museum as one of the world's leading museums of ancient oriental treasures. Shown in an area covering 2,000 square metres the exhibits convey an impression of six thousand years of history, culture and art in the ancient Near East.

The Berlin collection of oriental antiquities is closely linked to the development of Assyriology and the first successes of the linguist, G. F. Grotefend, in deciphering cuneiform writing. Both of these advances promoted general interest in the ancient cultures of Babylon and Assyria. Archaeological research into early oriental culture was also greatly encouraged by the founding of the society "Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft" in 1898.

The collection of Western Asiatic antiquities was founded in 1899. Its quality was substantially enhanced by finds resulting from German expeditions between 1888 and 1939. The collection was temporarily accommodated in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum until 1929 when it moved into the south wing of the Pergamon Museum. The world-famous architectural exhibits, the Processional Way and the Ishtar Gate, were first presented to the public in 1930 when the Pergamon Museum opened.

The museum's director, Walter Andrae, advised against removing the permanently installed objects for safekeeping during the Second World War which they survived almost unharmed. Moveable objects were taken to the Soviet Union after the war and returned in 1958, five years after the opening of the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East).

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

Fourteen rooms are devoted to this collection in the southern wing of the Pergamon Museum. The collection contains many important examples of architecture, reliefs and smaller objects. Some are of great world significance and were once excavated by German archaeologists. They originate from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian and northern Syrian/eastern Anatolian regions which today include Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

Finds from Uruk offer insights into the beginnings of writing during the fourth millenium BC as well as into Sumerian art and culture. Clay tablets and seals provide evidence of the early use of writing throughout the whole of the ancient Near Eastern region.

One of the major attractions lies along the main axis of this section of the museum. Here visitors can walk through and wonder at the world-famous reconstructions of brilliantly coloured Babylonian monuments: the Processional Way, the Ishtar Gate and the facade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604 - 562 BC). Sections of the buildings were re-created to approximately the original dimensions by meticulously re-assembling the many broken pieces of excavated glazed bricks. Along the walls depictions of lions, bulls and dragons symbolize the major gods of Babylon.

The main attractions in the Babylonian Hall include the model of the Tower of Babel which was dedicated to Marduk, the chief god of the city, and a copy of the famous stela bearing the laws of King Hammurabi.

Other outstanding works of ancient Near Eastern monumental architecture of the third and second millenium BC include reconstructed sections of temple facades from Uruk. One of the facades is decorated with coloured clay in...+ [ Read all ]


Most recent info

* 21 June - 31 August 2007
Language – Script – Image. Ways to Our Cultural Memory

* 27 June - 9 September 2007
The abc of Pictures

* 26 June - 5 October 2008

Previous Exhibitions

Please consult previous exhibitions here:


Museum of Near Eastern Heritage, Museum of Islamic Art, including and the special exhibition
10,00 Euro, discounted admission 5,00 Euro

Free admission for the permanent exhibitions for children and teenager under the age of 16

Discounted Admission
In general the discount amounts 50%. Discounted admission is granted to pupils, students, performer of conscription or alternative civilian service, unemployed persons and disabled persons (min. 50%). Proof of status must be provided in each case.

Free admission is granted to:
a) all visitors on thursdays four hours before closing
b) children under the age of 16
c) school classes accompanied by a teacher (reservation needed)
d) students accompanied by a college or university lecturer (reservation needed)
e) members of the International Council of Museums and the Deutscher Museumsbund (membership card needed)
f) members of Friends and supporting Associations of one of the National Museums in Berlin (membership card needed; free admission to all permanent exhibitions of the National Museums in Berlin, free admission to special exhibitions only at the supported museum)
g) holders of a valid press pass
h) welfare / unemployment compensation recipient (official proof of status needed)
i) companions of a severely handicapped person if noted on the severely handicapped pass
j) visitors of the study and reading rooms

3-Day-Ticket Museums of Berlin
15,00 Euro, discounted admission 7,50 Euro (not including special exhibitions),
- special exhibitions may obtain different admission
Further information

Annual Ticket
40,00 Euro, discounted admission 20,00 Euro (not including special exhibitions)
The Annual Pass...+ [ Read all ]

Opening hours

Mon 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thu 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Getting there

Public Transport

U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75, S9 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M2, M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)

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Information Museumsinsel +49(0)30 - 2090-5577
Partial Wheelchair Access

Wheelchairs for rent:

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

Most recent events

# 23 August 2007 4:00 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Mesopotamien für Kinder: „Aus dem Alltagsleben eines assyrischen Königs“

# 23 August 2007 7:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 25 August 2007 6:00 p.m. - 26 August 2007 02:00 a.m.
21. Lange Nacht der Museen: Im Klang der Nacht

# 26 August 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Assur – Hauptstadt und religiöses Zentrum

# 26 August 2007 3:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 30 August 2007 7:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 2 September 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
„Tod und Jenseits im alten Orient“

# 2 September 2007 3:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 6 September 2007 7:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 9 September 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Feste im alten Mesopotamien

# 9 September 2007 3:00 p.m.
Das abc der Bilder

# 16 September 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Mesopotamien für Kinder: "Zwischen Grabungen und Museum – Aus dem Alltag eines Archäologen"

# 23 September 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Daran wär' ich glatt vorbeigegangen...Kleinodien im Vorderasiatischen Museum

# 30 September 2007 2:30 p.m.
Pergamonmuseum, Vorderasiatisches Museum
Zwischen Sendschirli und Tell Halaf—frühe deutsche Ausgrabungen im syro-hethitischen Raum+ [ Read all ]



Museum of the Ancient Near East

In the Museums of the Ancient Near East, the department of conservation is dealt with in three workshops. These are divided into the three main material groups, which are stone, ceramics and metal. The conservators are responsible for the appropriate care of the entire holdings in the permanent exhibition and the repository, as well as for objects on loan for temporary exhibitions. Over and above this, the conservators assist in various academic projects, supervise work outsourced to freelance conservators and assist with the practical elements of academic training.

Conservation of stone
The stone workshop in the Museum of the Ancient Near East deals with all the necessary restoration and conservation concerns of the entire stone and plaster collection holdings. The spectrum of tasks carried out ranges from the handling of small-format objects (for instance, cylinder seals and impression seals from the period 400 to 100 B.C.) to the conservation and sculptural reconstruction of elements of monumental constructions (for example, sculptures from Tel Halaf). The remit covers all conservation and conservation work, which is accomplished using complex methods, in order to preserve archaeological objects from a period of over 5,000 years.

Conservation of ceramics
The collection’s comprehensive holding of ceramics includes unglazed and glazed pots, terracotta figures and reliefs, unglazed and glazed bricks as well as jewellery and architectural elements. The restoration and conservation of objects are primarily handled in the workshops equipped for these material groups and with regard to the type of damage that they h...+ [ Read all ]


Guided Tours
Public guided tours 3,00 Euro
reservation needed:
Individual guided tours in German 60,00 Euro
Individual guided tours in other languages 65,00 Euro
Guided tours for school groups in German, 11th grade upwards 35,00 Euro
Guided tours for school groups in other languages 40,00 Euro
External guides: 25,00 Euro

Information and Support for Groups and Guided Tours
Information +49-(0)30-266-3660
Information Pergamon Museum +49-(0)30-2090-5577
Information Kulturforum +49-(0)30-266-2951
Information Dahlem +49-(0)30-8301-438

Reservation and booking for groups:
Telefone +49-(0)30-266-3666
Fax +49-(0)30-266-3670



Tell Halaf Project

Within the context of the Tell Halaf project, supported by the Salomon and Alfred von Oppenheim Foundation as well as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Museum of the Ancient Near East works on the remains of the Berlin Tell Halaf Museum which was destroyed in November 1943. Until October 2001, the collection was kept in the storage rooms of the Museum of the Ancient Near East. Aim of the Tell Halaf Project is the reconstruction of the unique monuments of the ancient city of Guzana (Tell Halaf being the modern name of its ruins) from the early first century B.C. in Nort-East Syria. After six years of work (as scheduled), these documents of Syrio-Hittite culture – which were up to very recently believed to be lost – will once more be accessible for science and the public, available for research and presentation.

In August 2006 the excavations at the Tell Halaf in Northeast-Syria started again after an interruption of 77 years by a joint mission of the State Museums of Berlin and the Direction Générale des Antiquités et des Musées Damas in co-operation with the Universities of Tübingen and Halle.
The site belongs to the most well-known ancient ruin places of the Middle East and is mentioned in cuneiform sources and in the Bible. The main goals of the project are investigations of the settlement`s chronology, structure and geography. In the context of this exploration it wants to make a contribution to the cultural development in the early first millennium BC and to the role of the settlement in prehistoric times.

Further Informations: Dr. Lutz Martin, telephone: +49-(0)30-2090 5305, E-Mail: vam@smb....+ [ Read all ]


To find out about the numerous educational events:


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