The Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) is the third-oldest museum on Berlin’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Museum Island (Museumsinsel). Its collection showcases 19th-century artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Rodin. The interior of the neoclassicist building are influenced by Prussian classicism thanks to King Frederick William IV.
The Old National Gallery, one of five museums on Museum Island, houses one of Europe’s largest collections of 19th-century art—with more than 1,800 paintings and 1,500 sculptures. Though much of the museum was destroyed during World War II, it was later repaired by both the communist and democratic regimes in the following decades.
Many tours in Berlin explore Museum Island with options to go inside the gallery. If visiting independently, combine the Old National Gallery and other UNESCO-listed Museumsinsel sights with a 3-day Museum Pass. Alternatively, a 2- or 3-day Berlin Pass includes admission to the gallery and more than 50 other city attractions.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Art lovers must not miss the Alte Nationalgalerie.
- There is a free cloakroom for storing personal items as well as those not permitted in the museum, including large bags and backpacks, tripods, and umbrellas.
- Visitors under the age of 18 receive free admission.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Old National Gallery is located in Berlin Mitte on Museum Island. There is no parking available so take the S-Bahn to Hackescher Markt, or tram M1 or 12 to Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben.
When to Get There
The Alte Nationalgalerie is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and until 8pm on Thursday (when there are fewer visitors); check the website for holiday hours. It is advised to visit the museum outside of the summer months when Berlin is less crowded.
Famous Artworks in the Alte Nationalgalerie
The Old National Gallery vast collection of 19th-century artworks features numerous masterpieces. Significant paintings on display include The Balcony Room and Iron Rolling Mill by Adolph Menzel, In Summer by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Monk by the Sea by German artist Caspar David Friedrich. Don’t-miss sculptures include those of Princesses Luise and Friederike of Prussia as well as Friedrich Wilhelm IV.