Neues Museum celebrates first anniversary

Neues Museum

The 15 October 2010 marked the first anniversary of the Neues Museum's reopening on the Museum Island Berlin. Since opening its doors a year ago, more than 1.2 million visitors have streamed into the building to take a look at the exhibitions held by the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, with further objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities. It took some 70 years before the museum, damaged as a result of the war, was finally able to be reopened last year.

In the first year of its existence, the Neues Museum received numerous awards, including the Association of German Architects' (or BDA's) prize for 2009, the special Berlin Architecture Award 2009, the Travel + Leisure Design Award 2010, the RIBA Award 2010, the BDA's 'Große Nike' Prize and the European Union's Europa Nostra Prize 2010 for Cultural Heritage.

Extensive cleaning and maintenance work is now required due to the great influx of visitors attracted to the museum over the last year. The Neues Museum will therefore be shut from Monday 24 January to Wednesday 26 January 2011 and will reopen on Thursday 27 January.