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Island of the Millennia

26.04.2024 to 27.10.2024

The Nile Island Elephantine can be experienced through the special exhibition on the Museumsinsel, presented in the James-Simon-Galerie and in the Neues Museum.

Elephantine is an island on the Nile River near Egypt’s southern border. This trade and border centre was home to a uniquely diverse, multilingual, multicultural, and multi-religious population. It is the only place in the world where 4,000 years of unbroken cultural history can be traced through written sources.

Thousands of texts can be found on pieces of papyrus or clay shards written in ten different languages and scripts (including hieroglyphics, Aramaic, Coptic and Arabic). Today, they are held in 60 collections in 24 different countries, and have ben deciphered in a major European research project (ERC), before being translated and digitally catalogued.

In this comprehensive, world-first presentation, outstanding objects from Berlin’s collections will be shown alongside highlights from around the world. The diverse content of the texts will be contextualised with reference to archaeological finds and interpreted from a contemporary perspective, giving audiences a unique, first-hand experience of the island of Elephantine on the Museumsinsel Berlin.

Media partners: ARTE, Der Tagesspiegel, and tipBerlin

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal State of Berlin and the Capital Cultural Fund

A special exhibition of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in collaboration with the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)

James-Simon-Galerie, Bodestraße
10178 Berlin

wheelchair accessible
Information and floor plans for the Neues Museum (PDF, 323 KB)

All groups meet at the information desk in the lower foyer in James-Simon-Galerie.

Advise for group visits to the Neues Museum and Pergamonmuseum (PDF)

U-Bahn: Museumsinsel (U5)
S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
Bus: Staatsoper, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße

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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon closed
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Extended opening hours 4 July – 1 September: Tue – Sat 9 am – 8 pm, Sun 9 am – 6 pm.

Neues Museum + Elephantine
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Research Project ELEPHANTINE: Localizing 4000 Years of Cultural History. Texts and Scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt