During her two-day state visit coinciding with the opening of the exhibition "The Vikings”, the Danish monarch also visited the Neues Museum.
H.M. Queen Margrethe II showed great interest in the Neues Museum which recently reopened in 2009. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, accompanied her through all three floors of the museum.
A highlight of the tour was the Nefertiti Bust. Prof. Friederike Seyfried, Director of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Egyptian collection, the Ägyptisches Museum, told the story of the 3000-year-old icon. In her youth, the Danish head of state studied prehistoric archaeology at Cambridge and was visibly impressed by the redesigned display on the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, which opened its doors to the public just a few months ago on the upper floor of the Neues Museum. Prof. Matthias Wemhoff, director of the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, outlined the concept of the new permanent exhibition to the queen.
The day before, on 9 September, H.M. Margrethe II joined German President Joachim Gauck in officially opening the exhibition "The Vikings”, organized by the SMB’s Museum of Prehistory and Early History and held at the Gropius Bau. The exhibition is the result of an international collaboration between the National Museum of Denmark and the British Museum and is on show until 4 January 2015.