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Berlin – Museums

The Egyptian Museum (Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung)
Schlossstraße 70
Berlin, BE 14059
+49 30 2090 5555
www.smb.spk-berlin.de/amp
The Egyptian Museum lies in one of the twin buildings facing Schloss Charlottenburg which were originally used as the royal barracks. The centerpiece of the museum’s collection is the world-famous, 3,000-year-old bust of Nofretete.

The Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)
Lindenstraße 9-14
Berlin, BE 10969
+49 30 2599 3300
http://www.juedisches-museum-berlin.de/site/EN/homepage.php
Located on the Lindenstraße, the Jewish Museum documents the history of Judaism and is a treat to all fans of architecture. The museum was designed by Daniel Liebeskind and is considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture. The interior is made up of coarse concrete, which evokes a disconcerting and raw feeling. It has no straight corners, recalling the twisted contours of a horrific explosion. The structure of the building also creates a disturbing atmosphere, making one’s impression of the realities of the Holocaust even stronger.

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
The Berlin Museumsinsel is a unique ensemble of museum buildings that illustrate the evolution of modern museum design over more than a century. The museums include The National Gallery, The Old Museum (Altes Museum), The Pergamon Museum and The Bode Museum.

The National Galerie
http://www.smb.museum/smb/sammlungen/details.php?lang=de&objectId=17
An ultra-modern building built in the 1960s. The museum collection specializes in works from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as international contemporary art. The National Galerie is famous for its collection of French impressionists.

The Old Museum
http://www.berlin.de/tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten.en/00008.html
An amazing collection of 18th, 19th and early 20th-century paintings and statues. Any prominent artist you can think of is probably featured here.

The Pergamon Museum
Am Kupfergraben
Berlin, BE 10178
+49 30 20 80 50
http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/smb/index.php
The Pergamon Museumis immense. It is divided into five sections: the Antiquities Collection, the Middle East Museum, the Islamic Museum, the Far East Collection, and the Museum of Popular Art. A few days is needed to properly explore it.