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Built in the 19th century by architect Friedrich August Stüler later damaged in the Second World War, the Neues Museum as been restored by British architect David Chipperfield but still possesses its original façade and interiors both carefully preserved.
Today fully refurbished the museum host the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, together with artefacts from the Collection of Classical Antiquities.
The collection exhibit of unparalleled breadth and diversity allows visitors to trace the development of prehistoric and protohistoric cultures, spanning from the Middle East to the Atlantic, from north Africa to Scandinavia.
• The Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung gives a comprehensive insight into the continuities and changes that occurred over the course of four millennia in ancient Egyptian and Nubian cultures. The exhibition starts with the history of the collection and of Egyptology itself exhibiting heads of various kings and various sculptures that show how art form progressed. The tour through Egypt ends in the Library of Antiquity, containing a selection of texts and literary works taken from the culture of writing that stretches all the way from Ancient Egypt down to late antiquity. A section is also dedicated to everyday life, the afterlife and the cult of the
• With 6000 exhibits on view, the Museum of Prehistory presents a sweeping survey of archaeological finds from the whole of Europe and parts of Asia, which bring to life the cultural history of these regions from the Stone Age up to the Middle Ages. They are joined by artworks from classical antiquity from the Antikensammlung.
• A section is also dedicated to Scandinavian and Nordic Mythology with archaeology of the Roman provinces and depictions of Rome’s Germanic northern neighbours. Artefacts in the next room range from late antiquity to the start of Christian Western culture. A section is dedicated to the Stone Age with the Neanderthal and the diverse culture of the pre-Roman Iron Age.