Ten years since Nefertiti's return to Museumsinsel

12.08.2015
Neues Museum

When she first left the Charlottenburg Palace, Egypt’s most beautiful ambassador initially took up residency in the Altes Museum, but it was in the Nordkuppelsaal of the Neues Museum that she found her permanent home.

'It is probably no exaggeration to say that she is Berlin’s Egyptian jewel and – even after thousands of years – Egypt’s most beautiful and best-loved representative in Germany,' said Mohemad Al-Orabi, the Arab Republic of Egypt’s ambassador to Berlin at the time of the opening.

Like the whole collection of the Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum) and the Papyrussammlung (Papyrus Collection), the bust of Nefertiti used to be housed in the west Stülerbau of the Charlottenburg Palace. The exhibition in the Altes Museum was a trial-run for the display planned for the Neues Museum. When the latter was opened in 2009, the bust of Nefertiti was given a setting which showed off her radiant beauty to greatest effect. The Nordkuppelsaal is intended to be her final home. Even from Egypt’s point of view, this is not in doubt: to this day, the Egyptian state has never made any official request for her return.