Old National Gallery

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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Alte Nationalgalerie (Detail). Museumsinsel Berlin, Bodestraße 1-3 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Maximilian Meisse © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Maximilian Meisse

The Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) is the original home of the Nationalgalerie, whose collections today are divided between the New National Gallery, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin, the Friedrichswerder Church, Museum Berggruen and the Collection Scharf-Gerstenberg.

The idea of establishing a cultural and educational centre across from the Berlin Palace dates back to the time of Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who dreamt of creating a "sanctuary for art and science" on the site. The basic architectural concept for the Alte Nationalgalerie – a temple-like building raised on a plinth decorated with motifs from antiquity – came from the king himself. The building was designed by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel who also designed the Neues Museum. It was completed after Stüler’s death by another of Schinkel’s students, Johann Heinrich Strack.

During the division of Germany, the 19th-century paintings that had survived the war in Western zones of occupation were housed in the Neue Nationalgalerie, starting in 1968, and in Schloss Charlottenburg’s Gallery of Romanticism from 1986. After the fall of the Berlin wall, the growing collections were united in their original building, now called the Alte Nationalgalerie, on Berlin’s Museumsinsel. Accommodating the collection meant repairing the damage the war had wrought to the building as well as adding new rooms. The architectural firm HG Merz Berlin was entrusted with this work in 1992. In March of 1998 the Alte Nationalgalerie was closed for renovations. The museum was finally re-opened in December 2001, marking its 125th anniversary.

Old National Gallery
Bodestraße 1
10178 Berlin

Service Telephone
+49 (30) 266 42 42 42
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Monday
closed
Tuesday -Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 20:00
Friday -Sunday
10:00 - 18:00

Visits are only possible with a time-slot ticket. We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance online: www.smb.museum/tickets.
The number of visitors is limited and determined by the space available. All visitors aged 6+ are obliged to wear a mask/nose and mouth covering, to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, to follow signs and the designated courses through all exhibition spaces and to avoid forming groups inside the buildings.

1. January
12:00 - 18:00
8. March
10:00 - 18:00
1. May
10:00 - 18:00
3. October
10:00 - 18:00
24. December
Closed
25. December
10:00 - 18:00
26. December
10:00 - 18:00
31. December
Closed
Admission price
12,00 €

Decadence and Dark Dreams + Alte Nationalgalerie

Reduced price
6,00 €

Free admission for children and and young people up to the age of 18.

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