Museums. What can I say about museums. I guess I am not fanatical about them. You have to cover a lot of ground in museums. They are packed with so much stuff that it becomes a mental overload. After a while, one Greek statue looks very much like the other Greek statue. But I do appreciate what they contain. And once in a while, an item jumps out at me and I am fascinated by what I read. So, it is like that old popular tag line promoting the Northern Territory in Australia, “You’ll never never know, if you never never go!”
So, as we hurried along past Berlin Cathedral to escape the persistent showers that feels like it is turning into rain, two things occupied my mind. Firstly, I should have brought a bigger umbrella instead of those travel ones that fold into the size of my mobile phone. It barely sheltered our heads from the rain. And then when you have to keep angling it away from any wind to stop it from turning inside out, I might as well fold it back up into my pocket.
Secondly, I was well aware that Museum Island in Berlin is huge. There is a lot so “museum” on this northern half of an island in the Spree River. In fact, there are five of them in all built over a period of a hundred years from the Altes Museum in 1830 to the Pergamon Museum in 1930. (Technically, the Neues Museum is the newest of the lot having been rebuilt and re-opened in 2009 after it was destroyed in World War II.)
Whichever you look at it, there is a lot to cover on this World Heritage Site. Sounds like I am repeating myself but I think you get the point. Fortunately for me, my wife knows me too well. To head off any whining on my part, she had already done the legwork. Which means she had already picked out some highlights which we must see in addition to a bit of extra time for us to just wander around. In short, my kind of museum visit!