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Museum Island, Berlin

Berlin Museum Island

The unique collection of galleries and museums on Berlin Museum Island, with its five temple-like buildings, houses treasures from 6,000 years of human history. Elevated to UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999, and located in Berlin's historical centre, the complex is the centrepiece of the city's museum network and is Europe's largest cultural investment project.

The Scottish historian John Strang once wrote that it would take several days to see all of the many thousands of artistic treasures housed in the Berlin museum. That was at a time when there was just one museum on this island in the river Spree: the Museum of the Ancient World, built in 1830 to designs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the first public museum in Prussia. Then followed the New Museum in 1859, the Old National Gallery in 1876, the Bode Museum in 1904 and the Pergamon Museum in 1930. The buildings on Berlin Museum Island house mainly 19th century art and the archaeological collections, which contain such treasures as the Ishtar Gate, the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, the bust of Nefertiti and the Berlin Gold Hat from the Bronze Age. Post-reunification, the collections that had been dispersed between East and West Berlin were gradually reunited. Objects that been put into storage elsewhere as a result of war damage were also restored to their original places in the museums. The New Museum, for example, had been left as a ruin for around 60 years until it was restored and rebuilt by British star architect David Chipperfield. A new building, the James Simon Gallery, will soon serve as the main entrance to the entire Museum Island. An archaeological promenade will link the various museums and galleries both spatially and thematically as well as providing an extraordinary panorama of cultures from around the world.

Opening times, tours and tips

Opening times

Pergamon Museum (Collection of Classical Antiquities, Museum of Islamic Art, Museum of the Ancient Near East), the New Museum (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History):

Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, Thursday till 8pm

From Autumn 2014, the Pergamon Altar in the Pergamon Museum is to be closed to the public for approx. five years.

Museum of the Ancient World, Bode Museum (Sculpture Collection, Museum of Byzantine Art and Numismatic Collection) and Old National Gallery:

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, Thursday until 8pm

Further information:

www.smb.museum

Events

The Palast is by far the most visited theatre in Berlin. On the biggest theatre stage in the world, over half a million guests each year experience the finest modern show entertainment. With over 100 artists, the last magnificent building of the GDR stages the world’s largest revue shows.

VIVID is a declaration of love to life. Featuring more than 100 stunning artists on the world’s biggest theater stage. A production budget of 12 million euros for spectacular costumes and stage sets of unparalleled dimensions. A kaleidoscope of physical perfection and outstanding artistic performances that may prompt tears of joy. Accompany R’eye on her hypersensuous identity quest and indulge your eyes in spectacular diversity.

Upcoming dates:

27.09.2018 - 01.07.2020

Venue

Friedrichstadt-Palast
Friedrichstr. 107
10117 Berlin
Fon: +49 30 2326 2326
tickets@palast.berlin
www.palast.berlin

Organiser

Friedrichstadt-Palast
Friedrichstr. 107
10117 Berlin
Fon: +49 30 2326 2326
tickets@palast.berlin
http://www.palast.berlin

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Located in Berlin Mitte, the very heart of the capital, the Hackesche Höfe complex is Germany's largest series of enclosed courtyards and one of Berlin's main attractions. This is where you will find the atmospheric Chamäleon Theatre, a charming venue whose historical, art nouveau concert hall goes hand in hand with superb cuisine and the latest in stage technology. It is the perfect setting for variety, cabaret and events that are out of the ordinary.

Walking into the Hackesche Höfe, with its maze of interconnected courtyards and artistically significant historical façades, feels like stepping back into turn-of-the-century Berlin.This magnificent structure was originally opened in 1906 and comprehensively renovated in 1994. Today, it is an ideal home for the Chamäleon Theatre and its premium entertainment format, which combines different artistic genres and innovative programming to make it a pioneering force in German theatre and variety. The theatre's former ballroom was lovingly restored in 2004/2005 and – thanks to its glamorous art nouveau features and wonderful ambience – is one of Berlin's loveliest auditoriums. Behind the scenes, however, there is nothing but the very latest in technology. High-end lighting and sound systems ensure maximum visual and acoustic pleasure, and an adaptable stage system accommodates a wide variety of stage designs. Even the seating within the auditorium can be changed as required to suit the audience's needs. A well-stocked bar and excellent cuisine served by the partner restaurant 'al dente' round off the bill nicely, guaranteeing theatre-goers the perfect culinary accompaniment to a fine evening's entertainment.

Upcoming dates:

23.02.2019 - 18.08.2019

Venue

Chamäleon Theater
Rosenthaler Straße 40
10178 Berlin

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The "loveliest variety theatre in Europe", a "variety gem", "probably the most beautiful auditorium in Berlin" – just some of the rave reviews given to the Wintergarten in Berlin. This charming music, variety and show theatre, which reopened in 2009 under the same name as its internationally acclaimed forebear, is continuing a tradition of great entertainment with a wonderful, diverse programme. This is where locals and visitors pass beneath the legendary star-studded canopy and enter into an atmospheric world of mirrors, wood and dark red velvet.

At the Wintergarten, the stage is set for the best that variety has to offer – from Meret Becker to the Tiger Lillies, from Max Raabe to Eckart von Hirschhausen, from new talents to international stars. It's all part of a great tradition dating back to 1887, when the original Wintergarten variety theatre wowed audiences on Friedrichstrasse, in the Berlin-Mitte quarter, until its demise in 1944.The theatre was relaunched on Potsdamer Strasse in 1992, but the curtain went up for the final time in January 2009, despite the venue's great popularity. By February 2010, however, this wonderful institution's name was once more up in lights, and the new Wintergarten opened its doors with a glittering premiere of the 'Great Variety Show', a homage to the genre's illustrious past. Since then, three lavish, inhouse variety shows have been playing to audiences all year round and the theatre has re-booted the classic dining theatre concept with its own contemporary take: Show and Dine. Whether you feel like a light bite or a three-course meal, a bottle of wine, glass of champagne or a cocktail, the Wintergarten will have just the thing to add some sparkle to your evening.

Upcoming dates:

06.03.2019 - 30.06.2019

Venue

Wintergarten
Potsdamer Straße 96
10785 Berlin

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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