Neues Museum

Neues Museum - One of the five museums on Museum Island
Neues Museum - One of the five museums on Museum Island cc licensed photo by Richard Mortel

One of the five museums on Museum Island the Neues Museum sits immediately north of the Altes Museum which it was built to help relieve the overcrowding of. It opened in 1859.

Construction followed the Neo-classical style common to the other museums on the island. It commenced in 1841 and continued through 1855 under the planning and direction of Friedrich August Stuhler. The first two years were spent preparing the ground for the foundation which consisted of 2344 wooden piles driven deep into the soft earth on the island. It was the first major building project in Berlin to make use of a steam engine during construction, a significant step in the early days of industrialization.

The museum was shut down at the beginning of World War II and was subjected to heavy damage during the bombing of Berlin. The ruins were left unattended under the Soviet occupation of East Berlin during the post-war period.

There was no talk of restoring it until 1985. Some reconstruction work began in 1986 under the East German government but was halted upon the reunification of Germany. Further plans were initiated under the new government starting in 1997 and famous British architect David Chipperfield was put in charge of the project. Extensive reconstruction began again in 2003 and the new Museum finally reopened to the public again in 2009. Some construction work continued through to 2015.

Once inside the Neues Museum, Visitors are presented with over 9000 historical artifacts displayed over three floors. Exhibits include the Papyrus Collection, archaeological collections of the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Pre and Early history, and works from the Collection of Classical Antiquities.

The renowned bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is popular with visitors.

The oldest artifact is an axe head from the Stone Age, estimated to be about 700,000 years old.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Neues Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 266424242

Official Website: Neues Museum

Neues Museum Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating 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
Aly Hassan - in the last week

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5 Star Rating 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!
Nakrani Hardik - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating One of the best and complete collections of Egyptian artifacts. Information cards could be improved in English version. Pray for the day that your organization considers returning the Nefertiti bust to her homeland so she can be next to her family. She looks so lonely and sad inside her solitary room.
Eric Vasallo - in the last week

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5 Star Rating 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.
Marcia Fernandez - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating 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.
Mirela Eminovic - in the last week

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How to get to Neues Museum by U-Bahn, S-Bahn

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Line(s): S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, S26, S75, U6
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Station(s): Berlin Friedrichstraße

Exit from Friedrichstraße Station. Walk one block south on Fredrichstrasse and go left (east) on Dorotheenstrasse. When you get to the river, go right on Am Kupfergraben and cross the bridge just ahead. Once over the bridge the Neues Museum is on your left.

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