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Neues Museum receives European Union prize for cultural heritage

16.04.2010
Neues Museum

The Neues Museum has been presented with the Europa Nostra Award for exceptional achievements in the restoration, research and public awareness of Europe's rich architectural and artistic heritage.

Designs by David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap formed the basis of the careful reconstruction of the building on the Museum Island, which has now been singled out for the prestigious award for cultural heritage in the category of 'conservation'. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage, will personally accept the award on 10 June in Istanbul. Of the total 140 projects submitted, 29 winners from 15 different countries have been selected by a panel of independent experts from across Europe.

The Neues Museum took twelve years to build, from 1843 to 1855. After being severely damaged in the Second World War, work on its reconstruction began in 2003. Well over half a million people have visited the museum already since its reopening in October last year.