Museuminsel Berlin

BMUS_IMG_5910The Altes Museum (German for Old Museum) is a museum building on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. Since restoration work in 2010/11, it houses the Antikensammlung (antiquities collection) of the Berlin State Museums. The museum building was built between 1823 and 1830 by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the neoclassical style to house the Prussian royal family’s art collection. The historic, protected building counts among the most distinguished in neoclassicism and is a high point of Schinkel’s career. Until 1845, it was called the Königliches Museum (Royal Museum).

BMUS_IMG_8395The Neues Museum (“New Museum”) is a museum in Berlin, Germany, located to the north of the Altes Museum (Old Museum) on Museum Island.It was built between 1843 and 1855 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The museum was closed at the beginning of World War II in 1939, and was heavily damaged during the bombing of Berlin. The rebuilding was overseen by the English architect David Chipperfield. The museum officially reopened in October 2009. Exhibits include the Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History collections, as it did before the war. The artifacts it houses include the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

BMUS_PergamonmuseumThe Pergamon Museum (German: Pergamonmuseum) is situated on the Museum Island in Berlin. The site was designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann and was constructed in twenty years, from 1910 to 1930. The Pergamon Museum houses original-sized, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus, all consisting of parts transported from Turkey. The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art. By the time the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum on Museum Island (today the Bodemuseum) had opened, it was clear that the museum was not large enough to host all of the art and archaeological treasures excavated under German supervision. Excavations were underway in Babylon, Uruk, Assur, Miletus, Priene and Egypt, and objects from these sites could not be properly displayed within the existing German museum system. As early as 1907, Wilhelm von Bode, the director of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Wilhelm-Museum had plans to build a new museum nearby to accommodate ancient architecture, German post-antiquity art, and Middle Eastern and Islamic art.

Visited in March 2009 (Pergamon, Altes Museum) and November 2009 (the re opened Neues Museum).
Photos made with A710IS and Canon 1000D.

 PBMUS_ZEUSALTAR_710IMG_5493 Zeus Altar  in Pergamon museum
 PBMUS_IMG_5612 Greek and Roman art in Pergamon museum
 MILLETE_IMG_5708 Millletus market gate in Pergamon museum
 PBMUS_IMG_5660 Greek temple in Pergamon museum
 PBMUS_IMG_5750  Babylon Ishtar Gate, King Nebuchadnezzar II  in Pergamon museum
 PBMUS_IMG_5794  Assyrian, Sumerian and Babylonian culture in Pergamon museum
 PBMUS_IMG_5785  Islamic art and Mshatta facade in Pergamon museum
 ABMUS_IMG_5980  Altes museum
 PBMUS_IMG_8345  Nefertite
 NBMUS_IMG_8370  Neues museum
 NBMUS_IMG_8330  Neues museum Egypt collection

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