On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, the National Museums in Berlin will initially reopen four museums and a special exhibition: on Museum Island Berlin, the Altes Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and ‘Pergamonmuseum. The Panorama’, at the Kulturforum the Gemäldegalerie and the special exhibition ‘Pop on Paper’ will be accessible under the following conditions: The number of visitors admitted at the same time is limited, the wearing of a mouth-nose cover is obligatory. In order to avoid queues, a visit to the museum is only possible with a time slot ticket. It is strongly recommended to book tickets online in advance: www.smb.museum/tickets.
“We are pleased to lift the closure of some of our museums, which has been in effect since 14 March 2020 due to the Corona Pandemic,” said Michael Eissenhauer, Director General of the National Museums in Berlin. “The selected museums have spacious premises, are spread over several locations and are characterised by their diversity of content. Our primary aim is to make an offer to Berliners and to invite them to rediscover and rediscover their museums and art treasures. Nevertheless, it is only the level-headedness of all the people on site that makes an untroubled visit to the museum possible – their health is our highest priority”.
“The protective measures in the houses that are now reopening are continually being checked and adapted in accordance with the official requirements”, Michael Eissenhauer continues. “For this reason, we are currently only offering time slot tickets until the end of May 2020 and are gradually expanding this offer. Even though the limited admission situation presents the National Museums in Berlin with considerable economic challenges, we welcome this first step and hope to be able to open more museums in the near future.
On Museum Island Berlin, the Altes Museum (Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin) and the Pergamonmuseum will open on 12 May 2020. The Panorama (Am Kupfergraben 2, 10117 Berlin). At the Kulturforum (Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin) the Gemäldegalerie and the special exhibition “Pop on Paper. From Warhol to Lichtenstein”. All other National Museums in Berlin will remain closed until further notice.
Special opening hours
Altes Museum: Tue – Sun 10 – 18 o’clock
Alte Nationalgalerie: Tue – Sun 10 – 18 hrs
Pergamon Museum. The panorama: Tue – Sun 10 – 18 hrs
Gemäldegalerie: Tue – Fri 10 – 18 h, Sat + Sun 11 – 18 h
Pop on Paper: Tue – Fri 10 – 18 hrs, Sat + Sun 11 – 18 hrs
Online time slot tickets
Until further notice, a visit to the museums mentioned above is only possible with a time slot ticket. Time-window tickets can initially be booked until the end of May 2020. This offer will be extended continuously.
In order to avoid queues at the ticket offices and at the entrance, it is strongly recommended to book tickets online in advance: www.smb.museum/tickets.
Time-window tickets can also be purchased on site at the box offices, subject to availability.
Children and young people up to 18 years of age, persons accompanying severely disabled persons, holders of annual tickets, press, ICOM or DMB ID cards, as well as members of Friends of the National Museums in Berlin or Friends of the National Museums in Berlin are requested to book a free time slot online or at the ticket offices and to present the appropriate ID card upon entry without being asked.
Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie: 10, reduced 5 €
Pergamon Museum. The panorama: 12, reduced 6 €
Pop on Paper: 8, reduced 4 €
For the moment, only single tickets will be sold. The sale of location tickets as well as the Berlin Welcome Card and the Museumscard is suspended.
Number of visitors
The number of visitors in the above-mentioned buildings is limited, taking into account the exhibition space and the spatial capacity of the entrance areas.
Hygiene and safety measures
All visitors* from 6 years of age and all employees* are obliged to wear a mouth-nose cover and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres. Cash desks, information and audio guide counters are protected by plexiglass partitions. Until further notice, no events will take place in the museums; it is not possible to book guided tours or register groups until further notice. Visitors* must follow the signposted tours and should avoid group formations in the rooms. Displays in front of and inside the museums as well as distance markings in the functional areas provide information on the hygiene and safety measures to be observed. Visitors* who purchase a ticket on site or articles in the shop are requested to pay without cash.
Shops & Cafés
The shops of the museums mentioned above are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 18 o’clock. Cafés and other gastronomic offers in the museums mentioned will remain closed until further notice.
Permanent and special exhibitions
The Altes Museum‘s permanent exhibition features highlights of classical antiquity, while the special exhibition “Starke Typen. Greek Portraits of Antiquity” focuses on the art of portraiture in Greece, including loans from the Staatliche Antikensammlungen and Glyptothek München.
In its permanent exhibition, the Alte Nationalgalerie shows art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Édouard Manet and Adolph Menzel. The special exhibition “Decadence and Dark Dreams. Belgian Symbolism” is postponed until autumn 2020.
Pergamon Museum. The panorama shows masterpieces of the ancient metropolis of Pergamon and a 360° panorama by the artist Yadegar Asisi.
The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world’s most important collections of European painting from the 13th to the 18th century – with masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer van Delft and many others. The Last Judgement Sculpture of the Würth Collection” is currently on view as a special exhibition in the foyer. The special exhibition “Between Cosmos and Pathos. Berlin Works from Aby Warburg’s picture atlas Mnemosyne” is postponed until autumn 2020.
In the special exhibition hall of the Kulturforum the special exhibition “Pop on Paper. From Warhol to Lichtenstein” can be seen in the special exhibition hall of the Cultural Forum. In this exhibition, the Kupferstichkabinett presents for the first time the highlights of its important Pop Art collection, with classics by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Allen Jones and many others.
Online offer of the National Museums in Berlin
An overview of the entire online offer of the National Museums in Berlin with links to 360° tours, blog entries, databases, social media channels and the cooperation with Google Arts & Culture can be found at www.smb.museum/online-angebote.
Informations and Booking
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
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Tel.: +49 30 266 42 42 42 (Mo – Fr 9 – 16 Uhr)
Photo: Altes Musem, 2015, Photo: Stephanie Schneider