The Old Museum, or Altes Museum in German, was completed in 1830 and was one of the most important buildings of the Neoclassical era. It consists of 18 Ionic columns, an expansive atrium, a grand staircase leading to the entrance and other details that, before this time, had only been seen on buildings designed for nobility and royalty.
The museum houses art and other antiquities that display the cultures of ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans. On the main floor, you'll find an impressive display of ancient Grecian art from the 10th to first century BCE. The display includes sculptures, vases, jewelry and other crafts. In the blue chamber, there is a vast display of ancient coins from 7th century BCE up to coins from the Roman Empire in the late third century CE. The collection of over 1,300 coins corresponds with art on display from the same time period.
Art and archaeology of the Etruscans and the Roman Empire are on display on the upper level of the museum, with the Etruscan collection serving as one of the largest in the world outside of Italy. The Roman collection includes art and artifacts such as portraits of Caesar and Cleopatra.
The Altes Museum is located on Berlin's Museum Island at Lustgarten. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and over the weekend. There are extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and the museum is closed on Monday.