Berlin State Museums

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Berlin State Museums
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
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The Bode-Museum on Museum Island
Former name
Königliche Museen (Royal Museums)
Established1823 (1823)
LocationBerlin, Germany
Museum Island: ICE train between Bode and Pergamon Museum
Dahlem Museums
Köpenick Palace

The Berlin State Museums (German: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) are a group of institutions in Berlin, Germany, comprising seventeen museums in five clusters, several research institutes, libraries, and supporting facilities. They are overseen by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and funded by the German federal government in collaboration with Germany's federal states. The central complex on Museum Island was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999. By 2007, the Berlin State Museums had grown into the largest complex of museums in Europe.[1] The museum was originally founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia in 1823 as the Königliche Museen (in English, Royal Museums).[2]

The director-general of the Berlin State Museums is Michael Eissenhauer.

Museum locations[edit]





Köpenick Palace[edit]

Berlin State Library[edit]

  • Two locations, Haus Unter Den Linden and Haus Potsdamer Straße, are open to the public; various others are not.

Research institutes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Langels, Otto: "Constitutional Reality: 50 years of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation", in German, Deutschlandradio, 25 July 2007
  2. ^ "Staatliche Museen zu Berlin: History". Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Retrieved 10 April 2022.

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