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London, England, United Kingdom
October 28, 2012
From journal Berlin a wonderful modern city of visit
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 25, 2010
From journal Germany 2012
by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
December 15, 2009
From journal Berlin Museums
August 21, 2007
From journal Berlin: Ich Lebe Berlin
January 10, 2007
From journal Berlin... Has Nothing to Do with Bears!
October 25, 2006
Remember the movie Phantasm? Where the characters walk into a dreary, corpse laden yet hospital clean mortuary? That's my experience in Berlin's famed Museums.
Pergamonmuseum: I read in Time Out Berlin, it's the place to be so okay, I gave it a try. Thats €10 down the drain. Although a bit of a archeology buff myself and seeing some of the stuff I learned in school, the atmosphere of the place and the display of some of these well... displays are quite dreadful. Dreadful is the word, yes. The tags next to each art piece adding to that the disgusting fluorescent light that goes through the place, I feel like I'm in an autopsy room with a hint of green. Also to add to that, I realize Germans and their relation to modern art, but at the archeology museum, the whole second floor is overtaken by modern art, which is okay but art by ONE artist alone, an artist that specializes in honey combed aluminum? Sweet freaking Christ! I got out of there quick.
Deutsches Museum: The good thing about this place is that there's people in here... Well, a tad better than Pergomon, it showcases the history of this country from middle ages through WW2 and beyond. Very informative in some parts, yet kinda lacks in the medieval section which I understand I guess. The WW2 section really catches your attention as it does deal with Berlin in a very personal matter I bet. But all and all, it was a satisfactory visit.
From journal Berlin Museums - Like Walking in a Hospital
June 9, 2005
From journal Deutsche Learning in Berlin
February 14, 2004
From journal Exploring Berlin
June 7, 2002
When it was first founded in 1829, there was a great deal of discussion about what Berlin’s first museum should be called, and so the greatest minds of the city were brought together, and after protracted discussion and heated debate, including a couple of fist fights, it was eventually decided that it should be called Der Museum (The Museum)! In 1855, when a second museum was founded, the great minds were gathered once more and after protracted discussion, no heated debate this time, it was decided that they should be called Altes Museum (Old Museum) and Neue Museum (New Museum) respectively. The latter is currently closed for refurbishment, but the former is open and is well worth a visit.
Out front of the Altes Museum stands the Rose Bowl a giant bowl carved out of a single piece of stone by Berlin artisans to act as a centerpiece for the giant atrium Schinkel had designed for the heart of the building. Unfortunately upon completion, it was found that it didn’t fit through the door, and so it found its home out front where the locals dubbed it The Eighth Wonder of the World, thus demonstrating that they didn’t get out much. Schinkel’s atrium thus remains thankfully uncentered and is instead home to the pantheon of Roman gods, in marble statue for at least, set amidst Schinkel’s ornate backdrop creating an awe inspiring set-piece for Berlin’s extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities.
The collection is laid out in roughly chronological order and the hour-long, English audio guide leads you through the development of classical art by highlighting the key displays, such as the famous Praying Boy statuette and the painted pottery works of the craftsman who has become known simply as the Berlin artist. An hour of additional audio material together with the computer info points allows you to further explore some key themes such as gods, heroes, and sports.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm; entrance is included in the €20 museum card that will get you in to all the museums that are currently open on Museum Island, and is well worth an hour or two of your time.
From journal Berlin: Gateway To Eastern Europe