Egyptian Museum of Berlin

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The Egyptian Museum of Berlin (German: Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung) is home to one of the world's most important collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. The collection is part of the Neues Museum.


The museum originated in the 18th century from the royal art collection of the Prussian kings.[1] Alexander von Humboldt had recommended that an Egyptian section be created, and the first objects were brought to Berlin in 1828 under Friedrich Wilhelm III. After the Second World War, during which it was heavily damaged, the museum was divided between East and West Berlin, being reunited again after the Reunification of Germany.[1]


The collection contains artefacts dating from between 4000BC (the Predynastic era) to the period of Roman rule, though most date from the rule of Akhenaten (around 1340BC).[2]

The most famous piece on display is the exceptionally well preserved and vividly coloured bust of Queen Nefertiti. The collection was moved from Charlottenburg to the Altes Museum in 2005 and was rehoused within the newly reconstructed Neues Museum on Berlin's Museum Island in October 2009.

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  1. ^ a b "Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection". Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 

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