World War II wreaked havoc on the building, but recent restorations left us with a quirky mix of new and old. Be sure to pay attention to the often surprising architectural juxtapositions. The collection, more importantly, pivots largely on Ancient Egypt. Listen to your guide explain how the civilization transformed over time as you observe the countless sculptures and death rituals. You’ll come face to face with the curious Berlin Green Man. Then you can gaze wistfully into the eyes of the exquisite Queen Nefertiti, Egypt’s most famous leading lady. Her bust is the museum’s prized possession.
The Neues Museum has more than just Egyptian artifacts. Check out the oddly-shaped golden hat, used in religious rites during the Bronze Age. Other exhibits feature our closet evolutionary relatives, the Neanderthals, including a well-known one from Le Moustier. You can hear about the urns and looted works in the Nordic collection, and maybe even explore artifacts from the city of Troy. The Neues Museum will send you around the ancient world without having to step foot off Museum Island.