Neues Museum celebrates first anniversary

The 15 October 2010 marked the first anniversary of the Neues Museum’s reopening on the Museum Island Berlin. Since opening its doors a year ago, more than 1.2 million visitors have streamed into the building to take a look at the exhibitions held by the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, with further objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities. It took some 70 years before the museum, damaged as a result of the war, was finally able to be reopened last year.

 

Neuse Museum before Restoration

Neuse Museum before Restoration

In the first year of its existence, the Neues Museum received numerous awards, including the Association of German Architects’ (or BDA’s) prize for 2009, the special Berlin Architecture Award 2009, the Travel + Leisure Design Award 2010, the RIBA Award 2010, the BDA’s ‘Große Nike’ Prize and the European Union’s Europa Nostra Prize 2010 for Cultural Heritage.

Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany

Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany

Extensive cleaning and maintenance work is now required due to the great influx of visitors attracted to the museum over the last year. The Neues Museum will therefore be shut from Monday 24 January to Wednesday 26 January 2011 and will reopen on Thursday 27 January.

Berlin – The bust of ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, whose ownership is a point of dispute between Germany and Egypt, has drawn some 1.2 million visitors since the Neues Museum where it is displayed re-opened last year, museum officials said Thursday.

 

Nefertiti bust, Berlin museum, Germany

Nefertiti bust, Berlin museum, Germany

The 3,300-year-old Nefertiti bust is the center-piece of the museum’s collection. Officials there say it was legally purchased in 1913. But Egyptian officials have continued to insist that the bust should be returned.

 

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