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Best Museums in Berlin

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This museum houses a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient world, the crowning glory being the altar from the Zeus Temple in Pergamon (180-160 BCE), one of the world's most significant archaeological finds. The museum is also home to parts of the magnificent Antique Collection, the East Asian Collection, the Near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. Designed by Ludwig Hoffmann and Alfred Messel, this museum was established in 1910 and is a part of the wonderful Museum Island. Ranked as one of the most visited art museums, not only throughout Germany, but also the world over, Pergamon Museum makes for a truly enriching experience.

19th-century architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel provided Berlin with many of its greatest buildings, including the magnificent Konzerthaus and the equally striking Altes Museum. The museum, which opened in 1830, was the first to be built on Museum Island. It now houses rotating special exhibitions and is home to part of the Antique Collection, a breathtaking collection of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts that were excavated by the famous German archeologist Hildesheimer.

Largest palace in the city, this romantic Baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. One of the most impressive examples of Baroque and Rococo architecture, the palace and its grounds are a spectacular treasure chest of royal monuments. Hidden away in the lush expanse of the Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings of the complex. The ornate rococo Belvedere tea house, contains an impressive collection of porcelain, while the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The neoclassical Mausoleum housing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta are also a part of the palatial grounds. A sight to behold as the palace is illuminated at night, the Charlottenburg defines opulence and royalty in Berlin.

Situated on Museum Island, the Bode Museum features a wide collection of Byzantine Art. Originally conceived as a "Museum for the Christian World," the building now houses several smaller collections. The Children's Gallery is a cultural center that makes art and cultural history accessible to children and young people. The Münzkabinett (coin collection), houses a permanent exhibition of over 50,000 coins from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Museum of Ancient Antiquities and Byzantine Art contains pieces from 3rd to 19th-century Russia, Asia Minor, Greece and Egypt. An extensive collection of sculpture includes works from the Prussian Kunstkammer Collection, which have been housed in the Bode Museum ever since the Berliner Schloß was demolished by East German authorities.

This stunning museum is located in Zeughaus, which is the oldest building located on Unter den Linden. The building itself is romantic, with Baroque period details, making it the perfect place to while away the hours with the one you love. Inside, the museum boasts an extensive collection of priceless items from Germany's turbulent history. Among the displays are period rooms, where visitors can walk through the different eras of Germany, while information rooms offer deeper exploration of various topics.

Located on the Lindenstraße, the Jewish Museum is the largest museum focusing on Jewish history in all of Europe. The original Jewish museum of Berlin was built in 1933, but was closed in the following decade by the Nazi regime. The Berlin government hosted an anonymous competition to design the new museum; famed architect Daniel Liebeskind won the competition with his jagged and zig-zagging building that was nicknamed "blitz." The museum was completed in 1999. Today, visitors to the museum can learn all about German-Jewish heritage, starting in the Medieval era and continuing into today's Jewish community.

The Museum for Natural History is the largest and most important museum of its kind in Germany. The extensive collection provides a totally new perspective on the world of nature, the earth as a planetological and biological environment, and on the process of evolution. The museum was founded in 1810 and has since acquired a collection of over 20 million items. Everything about the earth is exhibited here, from minerals to meterorites. The highlight of the museum for both kids and so-called "grown-ups" is without doubt the dinosaur hall.

The Deutsches Technikmuseum houses a broad-based collection of scientific and technological exhibits, both historical and contemporary. Alongside its permanent exhibition, it also has frequent temporary exhibitions on various science and technology related themes. Germany has a history of innovation that is highlighted in the many fascinating exhibits on display in the museum. Kids and adults alike will be amazed at the inventions and engineering marvels featured in the museum's halls.

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