A private tour of the building and its contents
The visit to this museum will give you profound insights into the architectural history of the building, shed light on aspects of a debate centered around the issue of conservation vs reconstruction and finally serve as an introduction to its current collections (of which the head of Nofretete is one of the most breathtaking exhibits).
Similarly to Venice the Neues Museum ("New Museum") had to be built on poles due to the swampy grounds that had to serve for its foundations. Likewise, its reconstruction after WW2 seemed to be a task never to be accomplished until finally in 2009 Berlin celebrated its second inauguration following one of the most discussed processes in the history of "complementary restoration".
After its nearly complete destruction in WW2 it was not until the early 1990s that the British architect David Chipperfield was commissioned to restore the building, acknowledging its contemporary reality and thus transcending a mere reconstruction.
A short introduction to Museum Island will put the building in its context.
Inside the museum we will see and understand:
The frieze of Schievelbein (The desctruction of Pompeii)
Aspects in the iconography of Egyptian Art as seen in its sculpture
Egyptian chambers tombs and death cult
Typology of Egyptian statues
Nefertiti's bust, Echnaton and a singular change in Egyptian religion in the Amarna time
We will constantly change between restored rooms and newly built rooms, thus making a journey through the history of this incredible piece of architecture, of which the centre piece is the former historic grand staircase with its narrative.
This visit will cover various layers of Egyptian Art, Prussian archeology, the development of Egyptology and we will even dip into German philosophy meeting some of Hegel's ideas. We will talk about WWII as well as the former GDR. A dense two hours that will change the way you see Berlin.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The grand granit basin in front of the main entrance to the Altes Museum on Museum Island, facing the Pleasure Garden ("Lustgarten").
End location: The tour will end outside of the Neues Museum (or inside, if you wish to spend more time in there on your own).
Duration: 2 hours
This is a walking tour inside the museum. No further transportation required.
I will guide you through the Neues Museum in Berlin, covering the history and reconstruction of the building itself as well as the highlights of the exhibits shown. Please note that I need to register the group with the museum for a specific time. We might have to adjust our entry time according to their visitor management. Please let me know your preferred starting time before the booking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
12 Euro - 12 Euros: Cost for an adult ticket to get into the museum.
You will need admission tickets to the museum, which I may purchase for you in advance if you wish.
Any tour that I offer without a driver can also be booked with a car and private chauffeur if needed. I use a driver of my own as well as a comfortable Mercedes-Benz Vito. Please contact me for an individual quote.
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Really enjoyed my Museum Island Tour with Angel. He is extremely knowledgeable and his explanation of the art and exhibits that we saw was detailed and compete. He had stories about the pieces that we saw and was able to put them into a historical perspective for me. I left the tour with a great deal of knowledge and a deeper understanding of these museums in Berlin. Highly recommend Angel.