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Mschatta-Fassade im Museum für Islamische Kunst
© SMB, Museum für Islamische Kunst

The Museum of Islamic Art (Museum für Islamische Kunst) presents its diverse collection of Islamic art at the Pergamonmuseum on the Museum Island. It is after the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo the oldest and one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. It occupies an unrivalled position in Germany – no other institution contains such a systematic and comprehensive collection of masterpieces of art and applied arts and objects of material culture stemming from Islamic societies as well as the Christian and Jewish communities living among them.

The pièce de résistance in the collection is the ornately decorated yet no less monumental façade from the palace of Mshatta, which the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II presented to the museum as a gift. Together with this seminal work of architecture, the collection’s array of objects spanning all genres are testimony to the high aesthetic, artistic, artisanal, and technical skill of the masters who crafted them. They include centuries-old pages of the Koran, with their splendidly colourful decorations, prayer rugs, ivory carvings, and the dazzling turquoise faience mosaics of mihrabs (prayer niches). These objects boast a bewildering and intense sense of colour, form, and pattern. The collection’s holdings span all epochs of Islamic history from the 7th to 19th century, and also include Old South Arabian antiquities and ancient Iranian artefacts.

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Please Note: In the Pergamon Museum the exhibition areas Ancient Architectures, Islamic Cultures and Near East can be seen. Due to renovation, the Pergamon Altar is currently not accessible. For originals from Pergamon, please book a ticket for Pergamon Museum. The Panorama.

Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

  • 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 10:00 - 14:00

Location,

Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Website,

www.smb.museum/museen-un…

Email,

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Prices,

Admission price 12,00 €

Pergamon Museum. Area map Museum Island incl. panorama: € 19.00

Reduced price 6,00 €

Area ticket Museum Island: 9,50 €

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Exhibitions

Kaukasischer Drachenteppich aus dem 16. Jahrhundert
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Teßmer

Dream and Trauma

Reopening of the Carpet Rooms in the Museum für Islamische Kunst

Samarra, Dar al-Chalifa
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Ernst Herzfeld

Samarra Revisited

New Perspectives on the Excavation Photographs from the Palaces of the Caliph

Schmetterling und Biene, Detail, um 18. Jh., Deckfarben auf Papier
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Ingrid Geske

Studies of Nature

Between Art and Science

Azzad Ismail Dhif neben der Büste des Königs Echnaton
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung / Valerie Schmidt

Every Day at the Museum

Guards Present Their Favourite Works

Mitmachstation zur Geschichte des Schachspiels zwischen Nordafrika und Europa
© Marlene Kettner

Trans-cultural Relations, Global Biographies – Islamic Art?

Mschattasaal des Pergamonmuseums
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

Art of Islamic Cultures

Eine Yogini trifft einen Asketen, Indien, 17. Jahrhundert (Detail)
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Johannes Kramer

Mystische Begegnungen

Sufis, Könige und Yogini in der indischen Miniaturmalerei

Events

Besucher in der rekonstruierten Prozessionsstraße von Babylon.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Pergamonmsueum / Achim Kleuker

Pergamonmuseum

Take five – Highlights des Pergamonmuseums (in Deutsch)

Guided Tour

Raus ins Atelier! Aktionen für Familien
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Klein

Kolonnadenhof

Out to the studio! Actions for families. Today: Museum Island

Workshop

Mittwochs: Zeichnen! für Erwachsene
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Haus Bastian - Centre for Cultural Education

Mittwochs: Zeichnen!

Workshop

Besucher in der rekonstruierten Prozessionsstraße von Babylon.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Pergamonmsueum / Achim Kleuker

Pergamonmuseum

Take five – Highlights of the Pergamonmuseum (in English)

Guided Tour

Berliner Teppichsammlung des Museums für Islamische Kunst
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Pergamonmuseum

By far the best! at the Pergamon Museum

The Berlin Carpet Collection

Guided Tour

Kuppeldach aus einem Turm der Alhambra, Granada / Spanien, frühes 14. Jh.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Georg Niedermeiser

Pergamonmuseum

Aus Vielfalt entstanden

Lecture, talk

Digital

COLLECTION ONLINE

Online collections database SMB-digital

COLLECTION ONLINE

Works in the Google Art Project

Tickets

Admission price

12,00 €

Pergamon Museum. Area map Museum Island incl. panorama: € 19.00

Reduced price

6,00 €

Area ticket Museum Island: 9,50 €

Yearly ticket

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Member of Museumspass Berlin

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

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Services

  • Museum Shop
  • Cafe

Service Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Accessibility

Please note that due to a technical malfunction, the elevator is out of service until further notice.

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