Altes Museum (Old Museum), Berlin

Altes Museum (Old Museum), Berlin

Constructed in 1830 to house the art collection of the Prussian Royal family, the Old Museum is widely regarded as the Neo-Classical masterpiece and one of the world's most stunning examples of its kind. Serving as Prussia's first museum purpose-built for such a role, its strategic location right by the riverside offers ample photo opportunities, with people often gathering on the front lawn for relaxation.

Given its status as a globally renowned museum of antiquities, expectations run high. These expectations are largely met, as the collection from archaic Greece is nothing short of impressive, featuring major masterpieces, exquisite vases, and well-crafted statues. Among the highlights are statues of Greek deities showcased in the central rotunda, as well as notable pieces like the bronze Praying Boy, the Berlin Goddess, and sculptures portraying athletes frozen in motion. The section dedicated to Greek colonies in southern Italy displays larger and more elaborate pottery compared to the vases and kraters of mainland Greece.

On the first floor, you'll find the Etruscan artifacts, primarily focusing on grave goods and reliefs – a nice glimpse into that mysterious civilization. However, the better part of this floor is the Roman section, particularly the intricately carved sarcophagi and grand statues. There’s also an extensive collection of portraits from the Imperial age, including busts of historical figures like Caesar and Cleopatra.

What sets the Altes Museum apart is the impeccable preservation of its collection, complemented by ample information on the pieces and the respective historical periods they represent.

Tip:
Keep an eye out for occasional temporary exhibits held on the second floor!

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Sight Name: Altes Museum (Old Museum)
Sight Location: Berlin, Germany (See walking tours in Berlin)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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