The Neues Museum is home to the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, and holds Germany’s largest collection of Egyptian artifacts. Friedrich August Stüler originally designed the building in the 19th century in an impressive Neoclassical style, but it suffered immense damage during WWII. Elaborate restorations have since been made under the direction of British architect David Chipperfield.
Due to its particular amalgamation of building trends and styles, the museum plays an important role in the history of technology and industrialisation. Its partially destroyed interior is among the last remaining examples pre-war museum interiors.
The renowned archaeological treasures of the collection are however, the most pleasing element of the museum, and would excite even the most disinterested museumgoer. Displays include the bust of Nefertiti, the skull of the Neanderthal from Le Moustier, and Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of Trojan antiquities.
The Neues Museum forms an enjoyable, informative, and unique panorama of the early history of mankind, perfect for a family outing.
After seeing all the Middle Eastern treasures you’ll probably be in the mood for some appropriate cuisine and the Café Neues Museum is exactly what you’ll be looking for. The small restaurant serves delicious Egyptian starter plates and Egyptian kebabs. For those with a sweet tooth we recommend the great selection of cakes and teas. But be warned, the capacity of the restaurant struggles to match the demand.
The ground floor shop is slightly hidden, and focuses on jewellery and primarily German and English books. The second part of the shop, in the basement, stocks books, games, CDs, and the like, primarily for children.
+49 (0) 30 2664 24242
Monday – Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday – Saturday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Friedrichstr. (U6)
S-Bahn: Berlin- Friedrichstr. (S1, S2, S5, S7, S9, S25, S75), Hackescher Markt (S5, S7, S9, S75)