NEUES MUSEUM BERLIN

Find here important information to plan your visit, including the historical and architectural side, collection and opening hours.

HISTORY / ARCHITECTURE

The Historical Journey of the Neues Museum Berlin

The Neues Museum (New Museum) was constructed in Berlin between 1843 and 1855 by the classical architect Friedrich August Stuler. The building suffered severe damage during World War II but was restored by David Chipperfield between 1999 and 2009. It now stands on Museum Island as a blend of classicism and modernity, representing one of the most important 19th-century structures in Germany.

The Neues Museum on Berlin's Museum Island houses two significant collections, allowing us to explore art pieces from prehistory to early history. With a comprehensive focus on the cultural history of Egyptians, the museum's most magnificent highlight is undoubtedly the solitary display of Nefertiti in a spacious room.
Nefertiti, often considered the world's most beautiful woman, is showcased in a special octagonal room beneath the northern dome of the museum.

The Neues Museum Berlin Building's Architectural Side

The Neues Museum, located in the Museum Island of Berlin, was the first museum with three exhibition levels on both sides of the monumental staircase. The building was connected to the Altes Museum by a bridge

During World War II, some parts of the museum suffered severe damage and were destroyed. Consequently, in 1985, it was decided to reconstruct the museum.

Between 2003 and 2009, the museum was rebuilt according to the plans of the British architect David Chipperfield. The original structure of the building was preserved, and great care was taken to harmonize it with the old. The Neues Museum was completed in 2007 and opened to visitors in 2009 in the Museum Island.

After its opening, the Neues Museum received numerous awards and recognitions.

The Neues Museum's Collections (Permanent Exhibition)

The Neues Museum, located on Museum Island in Berlin, houses two collections in an exhibition area of 8,000 square meters. In general, the artifacts shed light on Ancient Egypt, Prehistory, and the Ancient Age. The first collection is the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, while the second one includes objects from the Ancient Artefacts Collection, Prehistory, and Early History Museum.
Under the title of 'Egyptian Museum', the Neues Museum displays artifacts belonging to the Ancient Egyptian period. In the exhibition area of Prehistory and the Ancient Age, you can find objects related to the history of the entire world.

Let's get to know these three collections more closely!

1. Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection:

This collection contains the world's most important collection related to Egyptian culture. It allows us to have knowledge about everything that happened in Egyptian and Nubian cultures over the course of four thousand years. The prominent artifacts the Neues Museum include the bust of Queen Nefertiti (approximately 1251-1334 BC), known as the world's most beautiful woman, three newly restored sacrificial chambers from the Old Kingdom, and the Green Head (c. 500 BC) from the Amarna Collection.

The Egyptian journey in the Neues Museum concludes in the "Library of Antiquity" with selected texts and literary works from ancient Egypt to late antique written culture. The basement level features exhibits on daily life, the afterlife, and the culture of gods.

2. Prehistory and Early History Museum

This section is named "Objects from the Collection of Ancient Artifacts". In this section of the Neues Museum, on the ground floor, you can visit the "Odin, Urns, Looted Art" room, which features historical murals depicting Scandinavian mythology. On the first floor, it starts with the archaeology of Roman provinces and the portrayal of Rome's northern German neighbors; the second floor takes you back from Le Moustier to Neanderthal's skull, to the Stone Age, the mysterious "Berlin Gold Hat", and the complex culture of the pre-Roman Iron Age.

Highlights of the collection

- Stucco-coated limestone bust of Nefertiti
- The popular Berliner "Green Head"
- Bronze Age "Berlin Gold Hat"
- A 700,000-year-old axe head (in the Stone Age Exhibition Section)
- Valuable silver vessels from Priam's Treasure (discovered in ancient Troy by Heinrich Schliemann)

Neues Museum Berlin Tickets & Tours

Berlin-Neues-Museum-Entry-Ticket

- Visit one of the most impressive parts of the Berlin Museum Island

- Find out about the 19th century history of art, museums and technology

- See 3 museums in one: the Egyptian Museum, the Antique Collection the Museum of Prehistory and Early History

€ 14.00

4.7

  • Non-refundable
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Audio guide included

- Explore all the museums of Museum Island, including the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bodemuseum, Das Panorama, and Alte Nationalgalerie, with this ticket, valid for a single day.

- Immerse yourself in ancient Greek and Roman cultures, and delve into captivating histories

- Marvel at Egyptian treasures, and appreciate artworks spanning different periods.

- Skip the line and make the most of your visit by avoiding long queues at each museum.

€ 24.00

4.7

  • Non-refundable
  • Duration 1 day
  • Skip the Line
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- Free entry to 30+ Berlin highlights

- Incl. 1 day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour

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- Free CityGuide including city map

€ 105.00

3.7

  • Non-refundable
  • Duration 2-6 days
  • Instant confirmation
Berlin Skip-the-Line Pergamon and New Museum Guided Tour Plus Museum Island Pass

- See the famous head of Tiye (one of the most influential women in ancient Egypt) and the bust of Nefertiti

- Walk around ancient archaeological finds from the Stone, Ice, Iron and Bronze ages - a guaranteed history lesson to remember

- Learn about ancient cultures, their daily lives and the art and tools that shaped their worlds, all in the middle of Berlin!

€ 14.00

4.8

  • Free Cancellation
  • Smartphone ticket
  • Instant confirmation
Neues Museum + Pergamon Museum

- See the famous head of Tiye (one of the most influential women in ancient Egypt) and the bust of Nefertiti

- Walk around ancient archaeological finds from the Stone, Ice, Iron and Bronze ages - a guaranteed history lesson to remember

- Learn about ancient cultures, their daily lives and the art and tools that shaped their worlds, all in the middle of Berlin!

€ 25.96

4.5

  • Free cancellation
  • Mobile ticket
  • Instant confirmation
Pergamon-&-Neues-Museums-Tour-with-Museum-Island-Daypass

- Skip-the-line entry to Pergamon and Neues Museums

- Comprehensive and in-depth tour of both museums

- Museum Island day pass, valid for the Pergamon, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum for the selected day

- Expert English-speaking guide

€ 59.90

4.8

  • Free cancellation
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Live guide
Plan Your Visit to the Neues Museum Berlin

Plan Your Visit to the Neues Museum Berlin

Location

Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

Getting to Neues Museum Berlin

- U-Bahn: Museum Island (Museumsinsel) (U5)
- S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
- Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
- Bus: State Opera, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße

Opening Hours

- Mon closed
- Tue: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Wed: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Thu: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
- Fri: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Sa: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
- Sun: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm


Things to Know Before Visiting the Neues Museum Berlin

A coat check service is provided for storing coats and bulky belongings that may pose a security issue during exhibitions. You will need a coin for this service.

Children and young people under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge. Children below the age of 6 are also free. Don’t forget to bring the ID of your children.

You must read the rules of the museum ticket you purchased. It is necessary to entry the museums within the specified time slot on the ticket.

In Berlin, Sunday is a free museum day. However, it is essential to make a reservation even for these museums.

The Neues Museum, located in the Museum Island of Berlin, is a large museum. We recommend choosing sports shoes as you will be walking a lot.

We recommend joining guided or audio-guided tours to understand the extensive history of the Neues Museum and explore its cultural heritage comfortably.

Frequently Asked Questions About Neues Museum in Berlin

WHAT IS THE NEUES MUSEUM FAMOUS FOR?

The most famous point of the Neues Museum is the Nefertiti Bust. However, we should not overlook the fact that it also houses many other valuable works, such as the 'Green Head' and the 'Berlin Gold Hat.' >Detailed information about the Neues Museum

HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED FOR THE NEUES MUSEUM?

The average time needed to visit the Neues Museum is about 1.5-2 hours. Additionally, the recommended visiting time for a comfortable experience is 10:00 AM. >Information about the best time slots for Neues Museum

WHERE IS THE NEFERTITI BUST?

You can see the Nefertiti Bust at the Neues Museum's Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection section located in Museum Island. The Nefertiti Bust, the prized possession of the Neues Museum, is displayed in a spacious room all by itself.

WHEN WAS THE NEUES MUSEUM RESTORED?

Between 2003 and 2009, the Neues museum was rebuilt according to the plans of the British architect David Chipperfield. The original structure of the building was preserved, and great care was taken to harmonize it with the old. The Neues Museum was completed in 2007 and opened to visitors in 2009 in the Museum Island.    >>Detailed information about Building's Architectural Side

WHAT DOES THE NAME NEFERTITI MEAN?

The name of Nefertiti, exhibited in the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin, has Egyptian origins, and its meaning is "the beautiful one has arrived".