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Bode Museum

Bode Museum, Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

Housing the Sculpture Museum and collections of Byzantine Art, the Bode Museum lies at the northern end of the island, its bulbous dome like an ancient ship’s prow ploughing the waters of the Spree. The museum was built in 1904, and is named after its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode, who established an eclectic mix. The Byzantine rooms include mosaics from San Michele in Africisco, a 6th-century church in Ravenna, which was dismantled by Napoleon and rescued when it was bought in 1843 by Frederick William IV. The museum re-opened in 2006 after a nine-year refurbishment, and paintings, sculpture and decorative arts give a broad overview of European art.

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