16.10.2019 to 31.12.2019
On 16 October 2019, the Neues Museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its re-opening. Originally opened in the mid-nineteenth century, and the second institution to do so on the Museuminsel Berlin, at that time it showcased the global history of human culture from prehistory to the nineteenth century. The building, which was badly damaged during the Second World War, was then left in ruins for decades. Following a decade-long reconstruction based on the designs of British architect David Chipperfield, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin moved the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte to the premises, with additional objects from the Antikensammlung.
The anniversary will be celebrated in the Greek Courtyard with a dramatic light installation of the Schievelbein frieze and voiceovers recounting stories about its mythical content. The relief frieze running around the upper walls by sculptor Hermann Schievelbein depicts dramatic scenes of the destruction of Pompeii following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
Wearing 3D glasses, visitors will also be able to stroll through the once richly decorated historical staircase completely transformed into its original state. This will also include the monumental cycle of paintings by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, which depicts the major turning points in the history of mankind from Antiquity up to the modern era.
A special exhibition by the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25, S26 (Friedrichstraße); S3, S5, S7, S9 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)
Low-carbon public transport connections
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.