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Egypt Museum and papyrus collection in the New Museum Berlin

Egypt Museum and papyrus collection in the New Museum Berlin

In the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection you can see masterpieces of different epochs of ancient Egypt.

The most famous exhibit is the bust of Nefertiti. The impressive thing is that the painting has been preserved without restoration since the Amarna period. The portrait heads of the royal family are unique. The concept and design of the collection provides a comprehensive insight into the continuity and change of ancient Egyptian culture over four millennia and into the cultural history of ancient Sudan. The museum also houses one of the world's most important collections of Egyptian statues, reliefs and small art objects from several eras of ancient Egyptian history.






Egypt Museum and papyrus collection Berlin

Location & Sights nearby

Since its reopening in 2009, the collection of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection has once again been housed in the New Museum, which is located in the heart of the Museum Island in the Berlin-Mitte district. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers days of travel through the history and cultures of the world. Other museums on the island are: the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the famous Pergamon Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Old Museum, the Bode Museum and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History (in the New Museum). Directly opposite is the impressive Berlin Cathedral and Alexanderplatz with its television tower.


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Brief history of the Egypt Museum and papyrus collection

The museum was built in the 18th century from the royal art collection of the Hohenzollern kings of Prussia Alexander von Humboldt had recommended the creation of an Egyptian department, and the first objects were brought to Berlin in 1828 under King Friedrich Wilhelm III. The bust of Nefertiti, discovered during the excavations of Ludwig Borchardt in Amarna, was donated to the museum in 1920 by the entrepreneur Henri James Simon; it quickly became his most famous exhibition. After the Second World War, during which the New Museum was badly damaged by strategic bombing, the collections were divided between East and West Berlin. The entire collection was reunited after the reunification of Germany when it returned to Museum Island.

Address, opening hours...


Adress: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
Opening times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10-18, Thu 10-20
Admission: 12 €, concessions: 6 €
Public transport: Underground U6 (Friedrichstraße) S-Bahn S1, S2, S3 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Markt) Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt) Bus TXL (State Opera); 100, 200 (Am Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstrasse)




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