About the Museum
Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Altes Museum, completed in 1830, is one of the most important German buildings of the Neoclassical era. The museum's monumental neoclassicist architecture includes Ionic fluted columns, an expansive atrium and a rotunda adorned with Antique sculptures on all sides – an explicit reference to Rome's Pantheon. The inscription on the portico reads: 'Friedrich Wilhelm III has dedicated this museum to the study of all antiquities and the free arts, 1828.' Today, the museum houses the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), showcased in its permanent exhibition on the art and culture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.