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

Regular 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 – 8:00 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


Rated 4.5 out of 5Neues Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating A very vast collection of historic relics of the region . We were also very fortunate to be present to witness relics for Rome and Egypt. Such an informative display and we took about 4 hours to view most and not all of the displays. Wish we had more time. By the way, make sure you book your ticket on line at least a day in advance not to be disappointed. Don't try going there without one . 👍👌
Edward Rodrigues - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating Giant and very impressive Egyptological museum with so many beautiful pieces and stories about archeology. You need at least a couple of hours or more to see it all. The place was definitely worth the entrance but be sure to buy tickets and book a time-slot to visit. The only thing that kinda disappointed me was the toilets which lacked proper ventilation (because of the smell).
David Rasmussen - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I got to see Nefertiti and so much more. I highly recommend it. The building itself is historical. We bought tickets and there was a very short line. The audio tour is a bit tricky to figure out and we ended up not using it pretty quickly.
Liz Ross - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating The most disappointing part was that I couldn't take a photo with Nefertiti, whom I came specifically to see, as photography is not allowed in her room. However, everything else about the place is wonderful and well worth a visit.
sara Alkotkat - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating As someone who is really into Egyptology, this is a must go museum. As you will see, one of the most unique pieces that was stolen from Egypt. But yet it something great to see. Nefertiti the beauty icon
Ali Badawy - 2 months ago

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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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