Dave and Clare Babbs from Chester in England were welcomed in person today by Friederike Seyfried, Director of the Ägyptisches Museum and Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection) as the 250,000th visitors to the exhibition 'In the Light of Amarna - 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery.' They had come to Berlin from England especially to see the exhibition. Their last trip to the city in 2009 was just before the Neues Museum reopened and they didn't get to see the bust of Nefertiti. They were able to make up for it this time, and had the added surprise of being personally greeted by the director, and presented with a catalogue and various souvenirs of the exhibition.
Following the success of 'The Adventure of Tell Halaf', 'Pergamon. Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis' and 'Renaissance Faces', yet another exhibition on Berlin's Museuminsel is enjoying record attendance, much to the satisfaction of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Director Friederike Seyfried is visibly delighted: "We're very happy that our anniversary exhibition is proving so popular; it's clear that our aim of presenting the discovery of the famous bust of Nefertiti in its archaeological and cultural-historical context has been a success. It's fantastic that we can extend the exhibition until the summer for people who are still interested in seeing it."