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The Museum Island in Berlin, with it's five big collection buildings, the old and the new museums, the old National Galary, the Pergamon and the Bode Museum form a group of buildings that can be considered one of the most precious cultural jewels in Europe. It only took a hundred years to build this group of buildings, and it reflects the architectual and political outlook of several generations of the patrons that sponsored it. The Museum Island was and still is a landmark of German cultural policy. Although it was destroyed in the war, it was completely restored. Special care was given to rebuild it as near-original as possible. Sometimes they had to modernize a few things, but never so much that it took something away from the original concept, that combines all of the architectural fawcets of the buildings together. The museum collections even belong together to form a whole entity. Transistion and spin-offs over new pieces of culture to fascinate the public.
This Museum Island, which took more than a hundred years to build, was the playground for kings and philosphers, decorated with steam trains and patron vanity and feuds, and still forms an entity. It's probably only right that the people in Berlin affectionately call their Museum Island "Treasure Island".
The Museum Island belongs on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list - and is a "must see" place to go in Germany.
To tour the museums you can pay a single price for all museums - 6 ?.
The museums are open:
The Old Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Old National Galery are open from Tue. thru Sun. from 10 am until 6 pm, on Thursdays they are even open until 10 pm. The Bode Museum is unfortunately closed until 2004 and the New Museum will probably be closed until 2008.

Address: Unter den Linden / Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin
Phone: (0049-30) 2090-5555

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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