Museum Island Berlin - 5-in-1: the city's most valuable historical and cultural exhibits in one place

Unusual museums for curious tourists

Museum Island in Berlin is the name of the northern part of the Spreinsel Island on the Spree River. It is formed by five museums. At the very end of the last century, the "island" was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You are unlikely to pass by, because the Berlin Cathedral, the TV tower, Unter den Linden boulevard are very close.

Museum Island is one of the unique places where you can look at art of different times, including ancient art. It took the Germans about a hundred years to build and equip the complex. Buildings and collections were badly damaged during the war. Some of the exhibits have only recently entered the restoration workshops.

Old Museum

The old museum was opened in 1830 and was originally called the "Royal". The course of the river washing the island was specially changed to increase the built-up space. The architect was Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who built the building in the neoclassical style. Thus, the Prussian kings felt themselves to be the guardians of the ancient heritage.

On both sides of the main staircase, you will be greeted by impressive sculptures of The Lion Fighter and The Fighting Amazon. Here you can find an antique collection of statues, Greek and Roman items made of clay and bronze, fragile vases, friezes, and items made of precious metals.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm On Thursday, the working day is longer, until 20. Monday is a day off. The cost of a full adult ticket is EUR 10, a concession ticket - EUR 5.

New Museum

The New Museum was built in 1859, when the Old Museum ran out of space for exhibits. There you will find the Egyptian collection, ancient papyri. It is here that the bust of Nefertiti is located, which brought to our century the features of a woman whose beauty was praised by the entire Middle East.

Working hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm; from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 20. You can buy an adult ticket for 12 EUR, and a reduced one - for 6 EUR.

Pergamon Museum

Antique art, monuments of Western Asia and the achievements of Islamic civilization are collected under the roof of the Pergamon Museum. The building was originally built for one exhibit - the Pergamon Altar or the Altar of Zeus, built over 2000 years ago in Greece and depicting the war between the gods and the titans. Also the most valuable exhibit is the Babylonian gate of Ishtar, through which the visitor can enter the road of Marduk. The gate is lined with blue azure tiles: "Ishtar" in translation from Sumerian means "clear sky".

The museum is open to the public on Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and from Friday to Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm. An adult ticket costs 12 EUR. Up to 18 years old admission is free.

I foresee the skeptical reaction of many fellow tourists - "they say, swam - we know ...". But what is there - I foresee. I share this point of view. Moreover, I don't really like the silence of the museum and often ignore a visit to a particular exhibition planned by a guide. And there is no contradiction here.

In a rare city that is the center of an administrative-territorial unit similar to the Russian "region", tourists will not be offered a list of at least a dozen museums. It often seems that they are being copied. Local history, historical, archaeological, polytechnic, museum of transport, dolls, old household appliances, etc. In addition, in places often visited by tourists, there are people and organizations that create museums, including private ones, with the most incredible content ... It makes no sense to simply list them. But an attempt to give an assessment, subjective, most likely controversial, can be both interesting and useful.

It's no secret that many found themselves in a situation, figuratively speaking, of Vasnetsov's knight at a crossroads. There is free time and a few options for judicious use of it, but there is no good advice on what to choose. And information on the Internet suffers from repetitions and one-sidedness. It is in such cases that the opinion of an unbiased visitor of a museum becomes interesting and valuable. Nothing revolutionary, no know-how. Just briefly talk about museums that are unusual in the opinion of an ordinary tourist and offer your conclusion, well reasoned, about the need to visit it. I'll try to start using my experience.

Hungary Szentendre Marzipan Museum

I think that the people of Hungary will not be offended if I say that the Magyars have a great sweet tooth. Type in any search engine the query "Hungarian cuisine what to try" and you will get a whole list of names of desserts, cakes, pancakes, pastries. Shamlai dumplings, retesh, kremesh, kyurtskalach are some of the most popular pastries. Therefore, it is no coincidence that there are six marzipan museums in Hungary.

But the best, admittedly, is the factory museum, which is located in the town of Szentendre, 20 kilometers from Budapest. It was also created first in 1994. The author of the idea and founder of the museum is the famous Hungarian confectioner Karoi Szabo. "King of marzipan", "Uncle Sabo" - this is how the Hungarians love their countryman. Museum visitors are interested not only in the production, the process of which can be observed, but also in the gallery of portraits (Hungarian kings, Count Széchenyi, Ferenc Rakoczi, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, etc.), scenes from recognizable fairy tales, fragments of paintings (for example, “The Chocolate Girl »By the Swiss artist J. Lyotard) made of marzipan.

Some of the museum's exhibits are shown in photographs. You cannot touch with your hands and even more so bite off individual parts from them. And of course you won't be sold the marzipan king of pop or a 60 kilogram sweet copy of the Hungarian parliament. But in the cafe at the museum, you can taste and purchase mass-produced products at the factory price.

Tip! Even the biggest sweet tooth has nothing to do in the museum for more than 1.5-2 hours. Therefore, it is advisable to include his visit in a one-day excursion around Szentendre.

Russia Zelenogradsk Cat Museum

Some two or three decades ago, the phrase "cat museum" was not found in the lexicon of guides. There were simply no such tourist sites. It is said that the first "Cat's House" appeared in Basel, Switzerland, that it has more than 10.00 storage units. But not everything is clear there. On the Internet, there is not a year of education, no other details, not even photographs of the exposition. There is not enough information about the supposedly existing museums in Japan and England. Maybe in those places black cats have seized power.

Here's how to do it.

It turns out that the most famous museums in the world can be accessed by visitors for free. It is allowed to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of the eras and see masterpieces of art without buying an entrance ticket on certain days of the month or all year round.

Louvre, France

Every first Sunday of the month from October to March, the most visited museum in the world organizes an open day for everyone. You can also use the free admission right on July 14, when France celebrates Bastille Day. For your information: on other days the entrance ticket costs 15 EUR.

British Museum London, UK

This historical and archaeological center is the next most visited after the Louvre. Has the status of the main museum of the British Empire. You can see his expositions absolutely free of charge at any time. If you wish, you have the right to donate any amount of money to the museum. For this, special boxes are installed at the exit.

National Gallery London, UK

Another treasury of world culture, which contains more than 2,000 works of painting, graphics, engravings. You can enjoy the paintings of Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian for free all year round.

Please note that in almost all museums in the world, the right to free admission is granted to persons under 18 years of age, students, pensioners. A complete list of benefits, as a rule, is posted on the official websites of cultural institutions.

Hermitage St. Petersburg, Russia

One of the largest museum complexes holds an open day every first Thursday of the month. In addition, you can visit the Hermitage free of charge on December 7, the birthday of the museum. For your information: at other times the entrance ticket to the main museum complex and separate objects will cost 700 RUB.

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Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, Russia

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