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Neues Museum information
David Chipperfield's reconstruction of the bombed-out Neues Museum is now the residence of Queen Nefertiti, the show-stopper of the Egyptian Museum that also features mummies, sculptures and sarcophagi. Pride of place of the Museum of Pre- and Early History in the same building goes to Trojan antiquities, a Neanderthal skull and a 3000-year-old gilded conical ceremonial hat. Museum tickets are only valid for admission during a designated half-hour time slot. Skip the queue by buying advance tickets online.
Nefertiti's bust was part of the treasure trove unearthed by a Berlin expedition of archaeologists around 1912 while sifting through the sands of Armana, the royal city built by Nefertiti’s husband, Akhenaten (r 1353-1336 BC). A key item from the Late Egyptian Period (around 400 BC), which shows Greek influence, is a head sculpture of a priest carved from smooth green stone and hence called ‘Berlin Green Head’.
Competing with the exhibits is the building itself. Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, Chipperfield incorporated every original shard, scrap and brick he could find into this dynamic space that juxtaposes massive stairwells, intimate domed rooms, muralled walls and airy, high-ceilinged halls.