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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

Attention: In the course of the renovation, the hall with the Pergamon Altar will remain closed until probably 2023. The north wing and the Hellenistic Hall are affected by the closure. The finds from Uruk and Habuba Kabira as well as the rooms with Babylonian and ancient Iranian monuments are also currently not accessible. The south wing of the Pergamon Museum with the Ishtar Gate, the Processional Way and the Market Gate of Miletus as well as the Museum of Islamic Art will remain open.

Visits are only possible with an FFP2 face mask and a time slot ticket booked online in advance.

Presentation of a daytime test result is no longer required to visit the museum until further notice. Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

(Translated with DeepL)

  • 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


Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin



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Admission price 12,00 €

Pergamonmuseum. Area Ticket Museum Island incl. Panorama: 19,00 €

Reduced price 6,00 €

Area Ticket Museum Island: 9,50 €


© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

Objects on the Move: From the Kunstkammer into the Museum

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptische Museum und Papyrussammlung / Foto: J. Liepe

Sound Patterns – Music in Ancient Egypt

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Fotograf unbekannt

From Fragment to Monument

The Ishtar Gate in Berlin


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Admission price

12,00 €

Pergamonmuseum. Area Ticket Museum Island incl. Panorama: 19,00 €

Reduced price

6,00 €

Area Ticket Museum Island: 9,50 €

Yearly ticket

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Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42


  • Museum Shop
  • Cafe

Service Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42


Please note that the elevator is out of order until further notice.

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