Pergamon Museum Private Tour
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Buildings, museums, streets, and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
The docent who leads a given walk may become unavailable at the last minute due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. In these cases we will seek to re-organize the walk to accommodate the change; however, our responsibility in these cases is limited and we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control.
You are prepaid for the tour as well as your entry tickets. Your guide will have your tickets and will facilitate entry.
IMPORTANT: Please note that due to ongoing renovation work, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar is closed until 2019. The South Wing of the museum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and open to the public during this time.
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Enjoy an insightful exploration of one of Berlin’s superb treasures – the Pergamon Museum. Viewing exhibitions that showcase the history of ancient Babylonia, Persia and Assyria, you’ll witness firsthand the imposing architectural wonders of these ancient civilizations.
Leading to the Museum of Ancient Near East is the imposing bright-blue glazed-brick Ishtar Gate. Dating from the 6th century BC and constructed by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, the gate is beautifully decorated with dragons, lions and bulls. It was reconstructed from parts of the original unearthed between 1902 and 1914. You’ll also see an impressive model of the Processional Way and the Façade of King Nebuchadnezzar II’s Throne Room.
As you explore examples of Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian art, you’ll also view other outstanding works of ancient architecture, including Assyrian palace reliefs from Kalchu (9th millennium BC), reconstructed sections of temple facades from Uruk (3rd and 2nd millennia BCE) and a model of the Tower of Babel.
At the Museum of Islamic Art, explore architectural decorations, applied arts and crafts, jewelry and rare illuminated manuscripts. Of particular interest and impressive in its scale are the intricately decorated stone façade of the caliph’s palace of Mshatta, archaeological finds (stuccoes) from Samara, prayer niches from Kashan and Konya and the famous Aleppo Room with its brightly painted wood paneling.
Please Note: Due to extensive renovations, the Pergamon Altar Hall is closed to visitors.
The Pergamon Museum Building & World War II
Designed by Alfred Messel with construction overseen by Ludwig Hoffmann, the building took almost 20 years to construct, from 1910 to 1920. During World War II the museum was almost destroyed by the bombing of Berlin. Luckily, many of the museum pieces were stored elsewhere for protection and other larger pieces “walled-in” for safety. Some of the pieces were moved to The Hermitage and Pushkin Museum in Russia; in the 1950s many pieces were returned.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.