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Berlin Museum Island 1000pc

AUD$32.95 AUD$26.36

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One island with five museums in the heart of Berlin Berlin’s Museum Island Museums are the home to the legendary bust of Nefertiti, the stunning Ishtar Gate and the famous Pergamon Altar. The five museums include works from Ancient Egypt, Byzantium and Berlin. In 1999, the Museum Island complex was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. The first museum on the island was the Altes Museum (Old Museum). Opened in 1830, it was designed to give the general public access to collections of art and historically important objects and artefacts. This nineteenth-century notion of a museum as a public institution celebrating great works of art had its roots in the Age of Enlightenment and its educational ideals. Already known as the Museum Island by the late 1870s, the ensemble of five museums was finally completed in 1930. In the modern period, the collections of rulers and princes came to be seen not just as a resource for scholarship and knowledge, but also a source of national pride. In that spirit, the very first public museums were founded in the eighteenth century. In Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II was instrumental in the construction of the Altes Museum, which opened its doors as Prussia’s pioneering public museum in 1830. The neo-classical design was by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Prussia’s leading nineteenth-century architect. Nearly thirty years later, the Altes Museum was joined by the second Royal Prussian museum – today’s Neues Museum (New Museum). In 1876, a national gallery – now the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) – was added. The final two museums on Museum Island were only constructed in the early twentieth century: the Kaiser Friedrich Museum – today’s Bode-Museum – opened in 1904, and the Pergamon Museum in 1930. Fortunately, the plans for a gigantomaniac rebuild under the Nazi regime were never realised. The Second World War left much of the Museum Island badly damaged, and the Neues Museum in ruins. In the post-1945 era, the Museum Island was in East Germany. The reconstruction began under the GDR regime, although the Neues Museum was left as a ruin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Board of Trustees decided in 1999 to comprehensively renovate the ensemble, the so-called Master Plan Museum Island. This included the reconstruction of the Neues Museum and the restoration of the other museums. In addition, the individual museum buildings, each of which looks in a different direction, are to be connected to form an ensemble. A large central entrance building, the James Simon Gallery, will welcome guests with a wide range of services and information and direct the streams of visitors to the buildings. The British star architect David Chipperfield, whose office David Chipperfield Architects has already taken over the reconstruction of the Neues Museum, can be won over for the planning. The Archaeological Promenade will connect four of the five museums and exhibit important objects from the art collections. 1000 piece puzzles can be enjoyed by adults and families alike. So how about a cosy family night with a colourful puzzle from our vast variety of travel destinations, landmarks, ocean waterscapes, famous cities or a favourite nostalgia or fantasy world puzzle? The finished puzzle is a perfect decoration for every living room. We have over 40 fabulous 1,000 piece puzzles for you to choose from. Look for more 1000pc Puzzles from our International Collection. Finished Puzzle Size: 70 x 50 cm Box Size: 38 x 27 x 6 cm

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