Berlin’s Neues Museum to Open in October

12 July 2009 (Last Updated July 12th, 2009 18:30)

A new €200m museum on Berlin's Museum Island is scheduled to reopen on 16 October 2009. This will mark the third major milestone in the restoration of the five renowned museums that make up the UNESCO world heritage site, Museum Island. Built by Prussian architect Friedrich August

A new €200m museum on Berlin's Museum Island is scheduled to reopen on 16 October 2009.

This will mark the third major milestone in the restoration of the five renowned museums that make up the UNESCO world heritage site, Museum Island.

Built by Prussian architect Friedrich August Stüler between 1843 and 1855, the Neues Museum is an example of 19th-century Neoclassical architecture.

In 1997, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation commissioned British architect David Chipperfield, along with Julian Harrap, to design and oversee the museum’s rebuilding.

The restoration in the form of the Stüler building illustrates the new harmoniously complementing the old, with traces of the damage that underscore the building's history remaining evident to museum visitors.

After the reopening of the Old National Gallery in 2001 and the Bode Museum in 2006, the Neues Museum will be the third fully restored museum building on Museum Island.