Located conveniently near apartments in Berlin, Neues Museum, or ‘New Museum’, houses an array of unique historical artefacts. The three main exhibits are the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Prehistory and Early History and various artefacts from the Collection of Classical Antiquities. Among the rare pieces is one of the Neues Museum’s proudest possessions, the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. The Neues Museum was originally built to display artefacts that could not fit in the neighbouring museum, the Altes Museum, but today functions as its own entity.
The structure was built between 1843 and 1855 in the neoclassical style. Neues Museum was the second to be built on Berlin’s ‘Museum Island’. Museum Island is the northern half of an island on the Spree River in Berlin that is home to five internationally recognised museums. The Neues Museum was successful, but closed in 1939 at the start of the Second World War. During the war, the building was destroyed, creating a need for dramatic post-war reconstruction. The East German government attempted reconstruction first in 1986, but the progress came to a stand still when Germany reunified after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Architect David Chipperfield designed the modern structure in 1997. The Neues Museum finally reopened in October 2009. The Neues Museum received a 2010 RIBA European Award for its outstanding architecture.
The Neues Museum is open Sunday through Wednesday from ten to six and Thursday through Saturday from ten to eight. The admission cost is €10 with certain concession rates available. Guests can choose to add a tour to their visit for an extra fee. In order to avoid the queue visitors should order a time slot ticket in advance at neues-museum.de/. A visit to the Neues Museum on Museum Island is a must for travellers staying in Berlin apartments.
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