Welcome to the island of museums. Enjoy your visit and check out the group of five museums that were constructed over a period of 106 years, stretching from 1824 to 1930. UNESCO awarded it the world heritage status in the year 1999. Situated on a small island in the Spree River of Berlin, this collection of museums is considered something unique because it demonstrates the evolution of the modern museum during the course of the twentieth century. Do not talk loudly within the museum lest you disturb the tranquility of its artifacts which tell the story of 6,000 years of human artistic activities.
Amongst is varied collections are the private collection of the Prussian royal family. The first of the five museums, which incidentally is the oldest museum of Germany, is a neoclassical masterpiece by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The credit for developing this area and also the credit for the construction of the other four museums goes to King Friedrich Wilhelm. A massive renovation of this group of museums has been taking place since 1999 and it aims to change the site into an up to date cultural location by the year 2015. Those interested in taking a virtual view of the island should visit the media room of the Pergamon Museum.