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Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin
© Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Einsamer Schütze
Prozessionsstraße
© SMB. Foto: Maximilian Meisse

In the Museum of Ancient Near East (Vorderasiatisches Museum) a lost wonder of the world can still be marvelled at today: the walls of the ancient city of Babylon. They were once counted among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, until they fell into ruin. One section, however, comprising the magnificent, gorgeously coloured Ishtar Gate and the Babylonian Processional Way, was salvaged and reconstructed. These monuments are among the numerous items which give the Museum of Ancient Near East its claim to be one of the most important collections of oriental antiquities in the world. Others range from a Samarian pottery bowl painted with fish and birds, to Mesopotamian clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing, to sacred reliefs representing ancient gods, and an alabaster statue of a man at prayer from the Ishtar Temple at Assur. With such articles, the collection builds up a picture of 6,000 years of art and culture in Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia. Its treasures are housed in the Pergamonmuseum alongside the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Islamic Art. Set side by side, the three collections demonstrate the influence of the civilisations of the Ancient Orient on the cultures of Classical Antiquity and Islam which succeeded it.

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

1958 werden die von der Sowjetunion beschlagnahmten Kunstwerke wieder in die Ausstellung integriert
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum

Nebuchadnezzar Under Socialism

The Vorderasiatisches Museum in the GDR

Schreitender Löwe von der Prozessionsstraße, Babylon, Zeit König Nebukadnezars II., 604–562 v. Chr.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

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

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

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Pergamonmuseum / Marcus Glahn

Pergamonmuseum

Multaka: Meeting Point Vorderasiatisches Museum

Guided Tour

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

Digital

COLLECTION ONLINE

Online collections database SMB-digital

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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