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Berlin Museum Island - museum complex

Situated in the heart of the city, the famous Berlin Museum Island is one of the most important museum complexes in the world. The complex comprises five museums of international prominence, archaeological collections and 19th century art. This collection of museums was designated a site of UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

An island at the heart of the city
Berlin Museum Island is a unique educational infrastructure, representing 100 years of museum architecture in the centre of Berlin. Between 1830 and 1930, a “temple city of the arts” was created on an area less than one square kilometre, spanning more than 6,000 years of cultural and human history. The starting point for the “island of treasures” was the completion in 1830 of the Old Museum designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This is the oldest of Berlin's museum buildings and the place where King Friedrich Wilhelm III made art treasures available for public viewing for the first time. Berlin Museum Island and its five large exhibition buildings has evolved over time to become a synthesis of the arts, set in impressive surroundings.
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This is a memorial to the many Jews who were murdered during the Nazi period. The imposing 19,000m² site is adorned with 2,711 concrete stele (pillars) of various heights, laid in an irregular pattern, and there is also an underground information centre. There are several rooms in this 800m² centre, providing visitors with information about the main phases of the Holocaust and stories of the fate met by so many individuals. The exhibition commences with text and photos from the years 1933-1945.
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Other memorials in Germany

A selection of other memorial museums in Germany.
Other memorial sites for the victims of Nazism.

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