A world-famous bust is the star of this museum: Nefertiti (Egyptian for “the beautiful one has arrived”). She was the wife of pharaoh Akhenaton in the 14th century BC. The sculptor Thutmose surely could never have thought that his creation would become the epitome of Egyptian art in our days.
In 2013, there was an extensive exhibition (In the Light of Amarna) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the majestic bust. Alongside the collection of Egyptian art and papyrus, the museum also holds a collection of antiques (connected to the Pergamon Museum), and there is the Museum of Pre- and Protohistory as well. The latter shows a range of hitherto-unseen ancient artworks from Mesopotamian to Scandinavia.
The museum building alone is well worth a visit. It was designed between 1843 and 1855 by Friedrich August Stüler, a disciple of the great Berlin urban planner Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The British architect David Chipperfield has transformed it into a fascinating contemporary museum to explore the richness of past civilizations.
For more impressions, visit: www.neues-museum.de
(on the Museum Island)
Open from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Information: Phone: +49-30-266-424-242
Foto: Von Friedrich August Stüler – Das neue Museum in Berlin : 24 Tafeln / von Friedrich August Stüler, Berlin : Ernst & Korn, 1862, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=484220