Museumsinsel museum Berlin guide
Museumsinsel (which literally means Museum Island) is the name given to the Northern part of the Spreeinsel Island between the river Spree and the Kupfergraben. Museumsinsel houses a number of museums, which is the reason for its name.
The collections at these museums contain some of the artistic and archaeological treasures from the 19th century. The museum complex was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, which has made it even more popular among tourists and locals.
The Altes Museum is the oldest museum of this complex and houses a collection of antiques. Following this, the Neues Museum was built later and in 1876, the complex received a new addition with the Alte Nationalgalerie. The final museum to be added to thisisland is the Pergamon Museum. During the World Wars, there was a lot of damage to the museums in Museumsinsel. Since then, there have been increased efforts to restore the island back to its former glory and there is some renovation and restoration work that is taking place currently at the Museumsinsel.
There are a number of different ways to get to Museumsinsel from Berlin. It is possible to drive down, alternately, there is a U-Bahn station located in Friedrichstrasse and an S-Bahn station at Hackesche Markt, which are both close to the museums. There are also buses from the city that go to Museumsinsel.
Official site: Museumsinsel Berlin.
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