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If you need an excuse to head to Berlin, Germany this fall, here's a great reason. The Neues Museum will open up in October for the first time since before World War II. The museum was first unveiled last week after a six-year restoration to repair damage done during World War II. USA Today reports that British architect David Chipperfield symbolically handed over the empty building's key to city museum officials. The museum is one of five in Museum Island, one of Berlin's famed cultural destinations. All five museums haven't been open to the public at the same time since 1939. The German government is working on a $1.5 billion updating of the entire Museum Island compound that won't be finished for at least another decade.
The Neues Museum will be home to Berlin's extensive Egyptian collection including a 3,300-year-old bust of queen Nefertiti. The $250 million restoration used much of the original material that survived wartime bombing and exposure to the weather. The goal was not to completely restore the building but to bring it into the modern age with its entire history intact.