Surely if you’re traveling to Berlin soon you must have targeted a visit to the Pergamon Museum as one of the essential to your days in the German capital. The Pergamon Museum displays some of the great wonders of antiquity such as the Ishtar Gate of Babylon or the Pergamon Altar. This museum can be found in the so called Museum Island in the most central of the historical Berlin near the huge Alexanderplatz. Visiting hours for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin are all days of the week from 10 to 18 hours, except on Thursdays when it closes at 20 pm. Of note is that the museum is open on all holidays including Christmas Day. Just special hours on December 31 and New Year.
Pergamon Museum entrance
Pergamon Museum side
The ticket prices for the Pergamon Museum in 2013 are normal. Each ticket costs 14 euros and 7 euros for reduced admission. From the latter can benefit among others, children up to 18 years, unemployed and disabled. When visiting the museum you have to take into account holiday periods or weekends when there are usually long queues to enter the Pergamon Museum. I can tell you that I went to visit a Friday afternoon in August and had to wait about 20 minutes in line to buy tickets. I’ll tell you some tricks to avoid the queues. If you plan to visit any other museum in the Museums Island know that there is a combined entry for the amount of input which allows you to visit all the museums in this area except for Bode. The combined ticket prices for the museums of the Museum Island are 18 euros normal and 9 euros for reduced admission. If you have planned to visit at least two museums on the island then it is worth buying this combined ticket for saving money.
Visitors of Pergamon Museum
Pergamon Museum Inside
In this case , it is advisable to start the visit by one of the museums where there are fewer tourists then go to the Pergamon Museum where you will not have to queue to buy tickets you already have. Another option is to buy tickets at the booth on the street which is behind the Altes Museum before arriving at the Pergamon Museum. A third option to avoid queues at the Pergamon Museum is the online advance purchase of tickets which you can do from the official website of the museum without any extra charge. Also, you have to make sure to enter a specific time to visit the museum.
Pergamon Museum Lion exhibit
Pergamon Museum photos: Turc Olive, Stephen Kiel, Dave Wilkie, Jenni Fuchs, Michael Maiwald.