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

Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.

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Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: Bodestr. 1
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 266424242


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating If you can't see everything here on Museum Island all at once but do have time for one extra museum besides the Pergamon, then the Neues (New) Museum is a... Read More

Vincent L. Dec-09-2019

5 Star Rating One thing on my bucket list is seeing the bust of Queen Nefertiti in person and I got to check it off on this trip. The museum is not big but well... Read More

L L. Jul-27-2019

5 Star Rating The Neues Museum is one of the most prominent houses of the State Museums of Berlin. Apart from its famous collection it is also known for its iconic... Read More

June K. Nov-09-2018

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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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