National Museums in Berlin

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The National Museums in Berlin, housed in historical buildings, constitute a Universal Museum for the preservation, research and mediation of treasures of art and culture of the entire history of humanity. Their collections embrace the areas of European and extra-European art, archaeology and ethnology.

The National Museums in Berlin, the origins of which lie in the foundation of the Royal Museum through Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, belong to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Further members of the Foundation are the State Library, the State Archive, the Ibero-American Institute and the State Institute for Music Research with the Museum of Musical Instruments. Supported collectively by the German government and the federal states, the National Museums in Berlin regard themselves as a national institution of cultural federalism in Germany.

The National Museums in Berlin can be found at five locations in Berlin: Museum Island Berlin / Mitte, Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz / Tiergarten, Charlottenburg, Dahlem and Köpenick.

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Museum of Byzantine Art at the Bode-Museum

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The Museum of Byzantine Art owns a first-class collection of art works and utility objects from late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. It is the only one of its kind within Germany. The focus of...

Numismatic Collection at the Bode Museum

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The Numismatic Collection is one of the largest collections of its kind with around 500,000 objects. The collection owes its international renown to its rich diversity as well as the...


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The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. After the collection was founded in 1830, it was systematically built up and...

Museum of Islamic Art at Pergamon Museum

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The Museum of Islamic Art is situated in the south wing of the Pergamonmuseum. Its permanent exhibition is dedicated to the art of Islamic peoples from the eighth to the nineteenth century. The...

Museum of the Ancient Near East in the Pergamon Museum

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The 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...

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