Neues Museum voted “Best Museum 2010”

Neues Museum

The Neues Museum was able to notch up three separate prestigious national awards last year, in the form of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft's prize for innovation, the Berlin Architecture Award and the special award by the Bund Deutscher Architekten. The museum has now gone one better and received its first international award.

Each year the famous American 'Travel + Leisure' magazine announces its coveted Best Design Awards, spread over 16 separate categories, which pay tribute to 'outstanding design and modern architecture in the world of the traveller'. The Neues Museum received the distinction of 'Best Museum 2010' during an awards ceremony held on 22 February in San Francisco. In their statement, the jury above all praised the way David Chipperfield had 'embedded architectural innovation in a historical space.'

The museum, originally built in the 19th century, lay as a ruin for almost 60 years after being severely damaged in the Second World War. The end of the period of reconstruction, headed by David Chipperfield, was marked with the museum's celebrated opening in October last year. People continue to this day to flock in droves to the museum, which also contains the world famous bust of Nefertiti.