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Pergamon Museum Berlin Architecture

Museum Island Development in Berlin design by Alfred Messel / Ludwig Hoffmann, Germany

post updated 22 Mar 2021 ; 5 Sep 2009

Pergamon Museum

Location: Museum Insel / Museum Island
Dates built: 1910-30
Architects: Alfred Messel / Ludwig Hoffmann

Pergamon Museum Berlin building River Spree

Photos © Adrian Welch

This major building in the German capital city reopened in 1959. The Pergamon Museum (German: Pergamonmuseum) is situated on the Museum Island in Berlin.

Pergamon Museum Pergamon Museum Berlin Building Pergamon Museum Building

The building was designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann and was constructed over a period of twenty years, from 1910 to 1930. The museum houses monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in ancient Middle East and Turkey.

The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art. It is visited by approximately 1,135,000 people every year, making it the most visited art museum in Germany (2007), and is one of the largest in the country.

The comprehensive plan for Museum Island includes an expansion of the Pergamon Museum, with connections to the Neues Museum, Bodemuseum, Alte Nationalgalerie and a new visitor centre, the James Simon Gallery.

An architectural competition in 2000 was won by Oswald Mathias Ungers from Cologne. The Pergamon Museum will be redeveloped according to his plan, which controversially proposes large alterations to buildings unchanged since 1930. The current entrance building in the Court of Honor will be replaced with a fourth wing, and an underground walk (Archäologische Promenade, archeologic walk) will connect four of the five museums.

Buildings close by include:

Am Kupfergraben 10
Am Kupfergraben 10
photo © Adrian Welch

Jacob Wilhelm Grimm Zentrum
Jacob Wilhelm Grimm Zentrum
photo © Adrian Welch

Altes Museum Berlin
Altes Museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Neues Museum Berlin
Neues Museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Location: Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany, western Europe

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