The Pergamon Museum

Off to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

Estimated wait

Closed Reopens Saturday 25/11 at 10:00
Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30 Fri 01
10:00 11:00
11:00 12:00
12:00 14:00
14:00 16:00
16:00 18:00
18:00 20:00
Very high

Our tips

How to avoid the queue

1. Come at the opening time. Even in high season the line at the opening is about 5 minutes long or even inexistent. In the worst case it will take about 30 minutes (which is still much shorter than the one an hour or two later). Another bonus of being an early bird is that the museum doesn’t start filling up until 10.30-11.00 : you’ll have at least an hour of peace and quite to explore the museum’s highlights.

2. Book your ticket online: that’s the best way to guarantee yourself a wait-free entrance. Try however booking the time slot that falls on the green or yellow cell in our crowd table : that will help you visit when the Pergamon Museum is the least crowded.

3. If you plan to visit at least two museums on Museum Island - think about buying the Museum Island Card to save money. Since this card doesn’t always give you priority entrance or the possibility of skipping the queue, consider other ways to optimize your day: if you think of buying the Museum Island Card on site - go to the ticket office of a less popular museum on the list, and book the time slot for the Pergamon Museum there, while purchasing the card.

Or you can also start your day at the Pergamon Museum by arriving at the opening (when there’s little or no waiting) and heading to the other museums in the afternoon. You can also buy tickets at the booth on the street which is behind the Altes Museum before arriving at the Pergamon Museum. Try to save the larger, less crowded museums for peak hours: you won’t lose alot of time, because their peak hours are nothing compared to Pergamon or Neues Museum. You can also check out the Berlin Museum Pass or Berlin WelcomeCard, most of them let you book your time slot for the Pergamon Museum without extra fees!

4. Come during extended hours. While the peak hours fall mostly within 11 - 2pm, there are usually less people later in the afternoon. The Pergamon Museum has a late closing time on Thursdays, which could be a great option for visiting the place without the usual crowds.

5. Come on a weekday during the off-peak season. If you choose the date well - you can easily manage a pleasant crowd-less experience at the Museum Island. Peak months in Berlin are from July to October (while August is usually the busiest). The lowest season is winter (except for Christmas and the New Year holidays). Check the dates of German school holidays before going. Though they vary a lot in different regions, the Berlin dates should interest you more than others. If your trip doesn’t clash with any of them - lucky you! Avoid coming on Saturday, as it’s always the busiest day and you could see waiting lines for the tickets even during low season.

Pergamon Museum Photo credits to Tilemahos Efthimiadis via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Better to know before the visit

The Pergamon Museum is often said to be too hot and humid: when there are crowds inside, the experience of the visit could get really unpleasant.

The average visit lasts about 2 hours (or about 4 hours if you’re a real museum nerd).

Free cloakrooms and lockers are available.

During the construction works the main entrance may be closed. Check the official website for more details.

Admission Fees

1-day tickets:

Only the Pergamon Museum:

  • Adult : 12,00 €

  • Reduced rate: 6,00 €

Museum Island Berlin:

  • Adult : 18,00 €

  • Reduced rate : 9,00 €


Museum Pass Berlin (can be purchased at all museum cash points of Berlin State Museums)

  • Adult : 29,00 €

  • Reduced rate: 14,50 €

Reduced rate: schoolchildren, students, severely disabled persons, on presentation of the appropriate identification.

Free admission: children and young people up to the age of 18.

Tips for a few days in Berlin

This page will give you many tips to avoid crowds in Berlin as well as crowd schedules for top tourist attractions in order to plan your visits.

Contact number

Information / Booking +49 (0)30 266 424242

Pergamon Museum

Photo credits to Jim Woodward via Flickr

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  • Jeanine

    Really enjoyed the Pergamon. It is very small right now and many things have been removed to avoid damage from the renovation that is ongoing. But I love the bible and many things I saw, related to that. I could just see how young Daniel and his 3 friends walked towards Babylon, that walkway build to impress foreigners and entering by the hugh Ishtar Gate! The idolatry everywhere, so overwhelming. Daniel wrote his bible book with many details of live inside the Babylon of his days. Read it before you go, you will enjoy the museum even more. Parking our car was no problem. We parked at the back of the museum, 2 euro for an hour. Very convenient, just make sure you have coins, as the meter doesnt take paper and only one German credit card. Talked to a very friendly guard inside. He approached us in our own language. He told us also that the headsets, for use inside the museum, are free. He gave us some tips on what to see. And told us to come bach when the museum is completely renovated, that will be in 2025. Oeps! So, we do recommend to go there now. We went the first week of September, we bought the ticket on line (12 euro), did not have to wait in line, and enjoyed it thoroughly! Thanks. Jeanine

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