Museum Island, Unesco Site, Berlin, Germany

Museum Island, a Unesco Site, is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln. It is so called for the complex of five internationally significant museums, all part of the Berlin State Museums, that occupy the island’s northern part:

The Altes Museum (Old Museum) completed in 1830.

The Neues Museum (New Museum) finished in 1859. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.

The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) completed in 1876, host a collection of 19th-century art.

The Bode Museum on the island’s northern tip, opened in 1904 and then called Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum. It exhibits the sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art.

The Pergamon Museum, the final museum of the complex, constructed in 1930. It contains multiple reconstructed immense and historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

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