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Altes Museum
Lustgarten , 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 90 55 55, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, Tram
1,13,50 Am Kupfergraben | Times: Tue - Sun 10-18 | Tickets: 6, 4 concs. Free first Sunday of each month.
The Altes Museum currently houses two important exhibitions:

The collection of classical antiques contains art and sculpture with highlights including Greek stone and bronze sculpture, vases, gold and silverware. A major collection of Etruscan art will be reopened to the public upon completion of restoration works.

The most important works from the Old National Gallery, (currently undergoing renovation) have a temporary home at the Altes Museum. The exhibition entitled "Masterpieces from the Old National Gallery" includes 19th Century sculptures, and impressionist paintings by Manet, Monet and Cezanne.

Egyptian Museum
(Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrus Sammlung)
Schloßstr. 70, 14059 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 3209 1267, Fax: no fax | U2 Sophie-Charlotte Platz, U7
Richard-Wagner Platz | Times: Tue - Fri 9:00 - 17:00, Thu 9:00-22:00 , Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00 | Tickets: Admission 8, 4 concs. for combined galleries, free first Sun of each month.
Famous for its 3000 year old bust of Nefertiti but equally worth seeing for the other stone portraits, especially those of Ahkenaten and his noble-chinned relatives. Situated opposite the Berggruen Sammlung and Schloß Charlottenburg. Unfortunately English language information about the exhibits is minimal, the only options being the very comprehensive hardback catalogue for 30DM or a private tour guide for DM60.

Primeval and Early History Museum (Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte)
Spandauer Damm 20, 14059 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 32 67 48 11, Fax: no fax | U2 Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, U7 Richard-Wagner-Platz | Price: DM4, DM2 conc. Free first Sun of each month | Times: 9:00-17:00 Tue-Fri, 10:00-17:00 Sat-Sun.
You may think that 1 million BC to the Middle Ages is something of a tall order for one museum to cover, but that is the time span tackled by the Primeval and Early History museum. Very much an old-style glass-cases-and-dioramas museum, there are nonetheless several interesting exhibits, many of which are unfortunately only copies of originals destroyed or lost during the war, or 'liberated' afterwards by the Russians. Following the chronologically ordered desplays, the truly dedicated museum-goer can come away with an insight into the history of (European) mankind from the evolution of homo-sapiens until the Middle Ages. The extensive German explanations are summarised in English, but are less comprehensive, which is probably just as well if you have time constraints. For archaeology enthusiasts, the top floor contains Schliemann's collection of treasures from Ancient Troy, also for the most part copies of originals now in St Petersburg.

Pergamon Museum
Am Kupfergraben , 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 90 55 55, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, Tram 1,13,50 Am Kupfergraben | Times: Tue - Sun 10 -18
More than 600,000 people visit the Pergamon Museum each year, making it the most popular of the state museums. The Pergamon Altar (180-160BC) is just one of the impressive exhibits reconstructed from the archaeological collection of the Prussian court. Also on exhibit are the Gate of Miletus, a two storey Roman market gate and a reconstruction of a street built during the reign of Nebuchandnezzar (605-562BC).

In addition to the classical collection, the Pergamon building contains the collections of the Museum of Islamic Art and the Museum of Ancient Near Eastern Art.

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