Neues Museum

Berlin, Germany

The Neues Museum ('New Museum') was built between 1843 and 1855 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The museum was closed at the beginning of World War II in 1939, and was heavily damaged during the bombing of Berlin. The rebuilding was overseen by the English architect David Chipperfield.

Exhibits include the Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History collections, as it did before the war. The artifacts it houses include the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

Both as a part of the Museum Island complex, and as an individual building, the museum testifies to the neoclassical architecture of museums in the 19th century. With its new industrialized building procedures and its use of iron construction, the museum plays an important role in the history of technology. Since the classical and ornate interiors of the Glyptothek and of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich were destroyed in World War II, the partly destroyed interior of the Neues Museum ranks among the last remaining examples of interior museum layout of this period in Germany.

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Bodestraße 1, Berlin, Germany
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Details

Founded: 1855
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Aly Hassan (2 months ago)
Nice collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts including the famous Nefertiti's bust! the collection in both old and new museums (next to each other) are very interesting! The audio guide is free and the commentary is informative
Mirela Eminovic (3 months ago)
Wonderful experience! Don’t miss the chance to get the audio guide on the entrance because it’s included in the entrance price. You can go floor by floor whit the map and in every entrance you can see the number matching the audio that you get so you know what story is related to which room.
Amit Chowdhury (3 months ago)
The Neues Museum in Berlin is a cultural gem, offering a mesmerizing journey through ancient civilizations. Among its treasures, the bust of Nefertiti reigns supreme. Crafted over 3,300 years ago, this exquisite sculpture embodies the timeless beauty and regal grace of ancient Egypt's queen. Displayed with meticulous lighting and attention to detail, Nefertiti's serene gaze and delicate features captivate visitors, evoking a sense of awe and wonder. The museum's presentation of this iconic artifact is a testament to its significance in human history, making it a must-see attraction for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Marcia Fernandez (3 months ago)
A lovely museum inside and out. I liked that the museum is very manageable, by which I mean 1-2 hours suffice to see everything or almost everything. I opted not to get the audio guide, so I can’t comment on how helpful it was, but I found the information in each room to be very helpful and enough for me. The staff were almost all helpful and welcoming except for the young woman working in the gift shop on April 4, 2024 at around 1pm. She seemed to care only about German visitors and ignored the rest of us.
Nakrani Hardik (5 months ago)
Wow! The Neues Museum is absolutely fantastic! It's definitely worth every penny. There's so much to see, especially if you love Egyptian artifacts like me. The Nefertiti bust is a must-see, and it's even more amazing in person. The museum is well-lit and all the exhibits are clearly labeled, with information available in English. Plus, there's a great gift shop! Make sure to book your tickets online in advance though. The building itself is stunning, with each room decorated beautifully to match the themes of the exhibits. And don't miss the time machine experience—it really brings history to life. I'd recommend giving yourself 2-3 hours to explore. Overall, it's a huge museum with treasures from around the world, and I can't wait to go back! Plus, on Museum Sundays, you can get in for free with no lines and complimentary audio guides. A solid museum experience!
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