Berlin’s Museumsinsel

A city such as Berlin is bound to have some fantastic museums.  Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit three of the five museums that make up Museumsinsel.

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I started my day at the Pergamon Museum.  Now, the great thing about being a student again is paying half the price of a regular ticket.  Because of its exhibits, the Pergamon ticket is sold separately.  But, for only 3 euros more (at the student price, of course),  I was able to buy an all-museum pass.

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After dropping my bags off (all the Museumsinsel museums have lockers because you aren’t allowed to carry backpacks around), I was greeted by The Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way of Babylon.  Story time – back in 2010, my brother, cousins and I went to the British Museum in London.  My brother was so excited to be there and raced around looking for these gates because he believed they were here.  Unfortunately, this is when we learned the gates were in Berlin.  So, in honour of my brother’s determination, I knew I had to go and see the Gates of Babylon just for him, and I’m glad I did!  They were massive, and the most beautiful blue colour.  These sections in the Pergamon Museum are only a small part of the original gate and wall but truly provide a breathtaking perspective.

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From there I moved on to the:

Market Gate of Miletus

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Pergamon Alter

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Mshatta Facade

IMG_2499 IMG_2500The Pergamon Museum was well worth the visit and I highly encourage anyone going to Berlin to take a few hours check it out.

After the Pergamon Museum I went next door to the Neues Museum.  After being heavily damaged during WWII, this museum reopened in 2009.  While the third floor was closed, I did see the Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History collections.

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Wanting to get my money’s worth from the ticket, I decided to grab a quick bite to eat and check out the Bode Museum.  The museum is home to a collection of sculptures and Byzantine art.  When I lived in Rome, Italy during my undergrad, I can honestly say I saw enough religious paintings and marble sculptures to last a lifetime!  But, the Bode Museum’s collection was quite impressive and I’m glad I made time for it.

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One observation from Museumsinsel and The British Museum…The Germans and the British have a LOT of precious items that don’t necessarily belong to them.  Now, whether they’re “borrowed” or not is an entirely different question, but this is just an observation, nothing more.

A long, long day of museums but definitely one I won’t forget anytime soon!