While in Berlin we had a day to tour the museums, our first stop was the Neues Museum. It has amazing Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History collections. We particularly wanted to see the Egyptian exhibit.... the artifacts included the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
The Neues Museum has a history all of its own too! It was built between 1843 and 1855. The museum was closed at the beginning of World War II in 1939 and was heavily damaged during the bombing of Berlin. The ruin of the Neues Museum was left decaying for a long period of time.
Reconstruction work was started in 1986 by the East German government, but it was halted after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1997, planning for the reconstruction project was resumed and the rebuilding was overseen by the English architect David Chipperfield. The museum officially reopened in October 2009 and received a 2010 RIBA European Award for its architecture.
Here are a few photos from the Egyptian exhibit... enjoy :)