Germany's history goes beyond WWII and the borders of the nation ... much of the German influence came from other countries, as can be seen in the collections of art and antiquities found on Museum Island.
Museum Island in Berlin, known as "Museumsinsel" by locals, sits upon the River Spree and is home to 5 of Germany's state museums. For a glimpse into the history of Germany, one only need visit any of these museums.
The Old Museum was originally created to house the art collection of the Royal Prussian family and has displays of painted works, sculptures, and other Greek antiquities, showing the Greek influence on old German culture.
The Old National Gallery contains artworks ranging from the genres of Neoclassical, Impressionist art, and Earl y Modernist, among others. It is home to one of Germany's largest collections of 19th-century art.
In 1956, this museum was renamed from the "Kaiser Friedrich Museum" for its very first curator - Wilhelm von Bode. It has impressive collections of Byzantine art, sculptures, coins, and precious medals.
The New Museum reopened in October of 2009, having been closed since being heavily damaged in WWII. The exhibits within are mainly prehistory and include some popular Egyptian artifacts. While part of the museum's interior remains partially damaged, it is the last building containing the neoclassical architecture of the 19th century.
The "Pergamonmuseum" contains within its collection of antiques of Islam and the Middle East, buildings that have been moved from Turkey, in their original size and state. Not so much an example of German history, but of politics, the collection was to be returned to Turkey but still remains part of the museum's focal point.