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James Simon Gallery

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The James Simon Gallery will be a new, centrally located visitor centre between the reconstructed Neues Museum and the Kupfergraben arm of the Spree river on Museum Island in Berlin. Designed by architect David Chipperfield, the gallery is named after the maecenas Henri James Simon (1851–1932) who brought worldwide fame to the Berlin State Museums with his lavish donations.

As the ensemble's sixth building, the gallery will have a prominent position at the site of the former Packhof designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, which was demolished in 1938, and will set a concluding accent in the construction history of Museum Island. Chipperfield's first designs featured plain cubes with a hull of satin glass and steel, causing various protests which led to an extensive revision in 2007. The current drafts of the reception building consist of a stone basement, framed by a modern continuation of Friedrich August Stüler's colonnades at the Alte Nationalgalerie.

In the course of the reorganization of Museum Island according to the master plan originally designed by Giorgio Grassi, the James Simon Gallery is mainly created for the growing numbers of visitors, which, when all the museums have been opened, are expected to reach four million visitors annually. Similar to the Louvre Pyramid, it will receive the visitors for the island, offer them orientation and direct them to the exhibits featured on the main circuit. In addition, the James Simon Gallery will provide the infrastructure of an auditorium, a media centre, rooms for temporary exhibitions, a bookstore, shops, cafés and restaurants for all of Museum Island.

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M ALDossary  ♏
8 October 2015
For History and Art Lovers !!! This area has 5 museums. Walk around and enjoy the architecture of these museums. Neues museum ????????
Francisco Cano
13 August 2014
5 different museums that are sure to appeal to at least one of your interests. If you're a fan of museums, check them all out. They're all fantastic!
Semra U.
6 April 2015
It'd be a shame to miss Pergamon Museum here, it's amazing! Just to let you know that it'll be will be partially closed for five years of renovation. Avoid the long lines by buying your ticket online.
Sanjula Mansingh
1 May 2016
Buy the ticket for the whole island. Good deal, if you have the whole day (till 6pm). Start early, get your drinks and snacks. Take breaks at the Lust garden and make the most of the museumsinsel.
Emel Bayraktar
27 September 2015
There are museums all around. You have to spend a great deal of time to visit them all.
Don Deedo
31 July 2013
This is a really nice place got many amazing things and you will enjoy with your time there , when you crosse them street you should ask your self to discover this place ❤❤
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