The Museum for Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum Berlin is the only institution of its kind in Germany, the oldest outside the Islamic World (founded 1904) and with its 100,000 pieces counts as one of the major collections of Islamic Art worldwide. Architectural elements is one of the main attractions, like the monumental façade of the caliphal palace of Mshatta/Jordan, dating from the mid-8th century (the largest and one of the most important artefact of Islamic Art in any museum worldwide), archaeological finds from the caliphal cities, the famous Aleppo Room or the unique cupola from the Alhambra.
The Pergamon Museum on Museum Island is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Every year up to 1,000,000 visitors go to see Islamic Art. With its rich art and archaeological collection, the Museum is one of the leading research institutions dedicated to the material culture of the Middle East and neighbouring regions. The institution houses important collections of archival photographs on Islamic art and architecture as well as an internationally outstanding library focused on art, architecture and archaeology in the world of Islam.
Within the Pergamon Museum the collections of Islamic Art will cover in 2027 a new exhibition space of about 3,000 sqm – thus claiming to be the largest museum of its kind. The layout and concept will discover new and innovative ways to present the cultural legacy of Muslim societies to an international audience. With its education projects in hundreds of schools, clubs and social organisations the museum takes a leading role on culture education on Art and Culture of Islamic societies. Its program “Multaka” on refugees as guides in several Berlin museums won several awards