There’s nothing new about the “New Museum,” a Neoclassical building built between 1843 and 1855, except that it’s undergone a complete renovation/rebuilding by English architect David Chipperfield and reopened to great acclaim in 2009 after being closed for over 60 years. The new New Museum is a triumph of museum design. Much of the building was destroyed in World War II but portions of its interior survived and were incorporated into Chipperfield’s new design. The museum houses a glorious Egyptian collection, which includes papyruses, mummy masks, hieroglyphics, and statuary. Make a beeline for Berlin’s most famous antiquity, the entrancing and enigmatic bust of Queen Nefertiti (1350 b.c.), who holds crowds spellbound in her own gallery. The museum is also home to the Museum for Prehistory and Early History, with highlights such as the Neanderthal skull from Le Moustier and Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of Trojan antiquities and the golden mask of Agamemnon.
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–6pm (Thurs until 8pm) Transportation S-Bahn: Hackescher Markt Phone 030/266424242 Prices Admission 12€ adults, 6€ students and children (for all exhibits on Museum Island 18€) Web site Neues Museum
MapBodestrasse, Museumsinsel Berlin
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