Best Berlin Art Galleries and Museums

Berlin is home to more than a hundred museums so it’s no wonder why this city is considered a treasure trove for lovers of culture, history, and the arts. As one of the cultural capitals of Europe, Berlin offers all kinds of museums for the art lovers – from the acclaimed Dahlem Museum Complex to the historical wonders of the Pergamon Museum, deciding which museum to visit might be a bit daunting. But fret not, for we’ve rounded up some of the best Berlin museums that every art lover should not fail to visit.

1. The Pergamon Museum

As the centrepiece of Berlin’s Museum Island District, Pergamon Museum is no doubt, Berlin’s most famous museum. This museum was opened in 1930 and houses an impressive collection of full-size reconstruction of different ancient buildings. All in all, the museum houses three different collections, the Vorderasiatisches, Antikensammlung Museum and the Museum für Islamische Kunst.

Price: Adults – 12 €, Students – 6 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178, Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/pergamonmuseum/home.html

Tip – time your visit during the opening time to avoid the queue. The museum does not usually start filling up until round 10:30 AM.

2. The Dahlem Museum Complex

The Dahlem Museum Complex is like three museums in one. It consists of the Museum of Ethnography, Asian Art Museum, and the Museum of European Culture. It’s home to Germany’s most significant collections of artefacts and treasures, including the world’s largest collection of European arts and crafts.

Price: Adults – 8 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM

Address: Lansstraße 8, 14195, Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museen-dahlem/home.html

Tip – you can get discount if you’ll purchase your ticket in combination with the Brucke museum ticket, which is just across the Dahlem Museum complex.

3. The Neues Museum

If you’re fascinated with Egyptian history and culture, the Neues Museum is the best museum for you to visit. It features a numerous collection of important artefacts from Egypt’s past as well as a remarkable Papyrus Collection. Neues Museum is also home to the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Pre- and Early History.

Price: Adults – 12 €, Concessions – 6 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/neues-museum/home.html

Tip – if you want to avoid the crowds, try to visit the museum on Thursday evening where the museum remains open until 8PM.

4. The Gemäldegalerie

The Gemäldegalerie is where you will find the main collections of the Berlin State Museum. It’s highly regarded for having the world’s leading collections of European paintings that date back to the middle Ages up until the Neo-Classical Period.

Price: Adults – 14 €, Concessions – 7 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/gemaeldegalerie/home.html

Tip – join the “Art in the Evening” tour, which includes various thematic focuses. Group tours can also take part in the 60-min. “Best of Gallery” tour, offering a good overview of the museum.

5. Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum)

The Museum of Applied Arts of Berlin was established in 1868. It’s one of Berlin’s most significant and highly regarded art galleries of all time. It displays a huge collection of European arts from the Middle Ages up until the present.

Price: Adults – 8 €, Concessions – 4 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Tiergartenstrasse 6, 10785 Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html

Tip – book your museum tickets online to avoid the long line.

6. New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie)

The New National Gallery is an impressive art gallery that’s housed in steel and glass structure built in 1968. It features a square hall and a beautiful terrace that displays a remarkable collection of sculptures by famous artists Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

Price: Adults – 8 €, Concessions – 4 €

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Potsdamer Strasse 50, 10785 Berlin

Website: https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/neue-nationalgalerie/home.html

Tip – the visitor’s entrance to the museum is located at Potsdamer Straße 50. Make sure you come early to avoid the queue.

So these are some of the best museums in Berlin. If you’re wondering which art museum to visit, the list above should get you covered. You can both save time and money by booking the Berlin tours and attractions tickets. If you wanted a more convenient way to see Berlin, including the museums mentioned above, then check out the Berlin hop on hop off bus.