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Overview

 

Tours

Tours for adults are held every Thursday evening and at weekends. They provide an insight into one of the most astonishing periods in Egyptian history, the Amarna period, named after King Akhenaten’s chosen seat of government. The tours not only focus on the era’s distinct characteristics regarding religion and art, they also highlight the everyday life of the people Akhenaten and Nefertiti ruled over. Touch tours are also on offer that give the visually impaired a sensory impression of the Amarna period.  

 

Talks

In our lecture series on a broad range of topics, invited speakers share their expertise with us, throwing light on various aspects of the Amarna period and its historical impact.
A lecture series presented by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Academy provides an introduction into the core aspects of this epoch, at the heart of which stood Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

Also on offer: a special talk and tour of the editorial offices of Germany’s oldest comic, MOSAIK, which reveal how a new story (such as the one on Nefertiti) is produced, from the first sketches to the final publication ready for the newsstands.  

 

Readings

Akhenaten’s ‘Great Hymn to the Aten’, the sun god, stands as one of the most renowned and most discussed texts of pharaonic Egypt. Few religious texts from Ancient Egypt have the power to appeal so directly to modern readers as this hymn to the sun. The director of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection will outline the background history behind the text, while actor Wolfgang Unterzaucher will recite from it.

 

Music

A concert performance of Philip Glass’ opera ‘Akhnaten’ will be held in Hangar 2 of Tempelhof airport, performed by the Berliner Cappella, directed by Kerstin Behnke.

 

Workshops

Going on exciting adventures with Nefertiti in Egypt – the main characters in MOSAIK, Germany’s longest running comic, find themselves in the enviable position of doing just that. Actually drawing Abrax, Brabax, and Califax isn’t as hard as it might seem. The team of comic artists from MOSAIK will show kids and teens how they create their characters’ escapades and will help them draw some stories of their own.

Nefertiti is pronounced ‘Nofretete’ in Germany. Most Ancient Egyptian names have many variants, but how did the Egyptians themselves pronounce the name of their queen? In this workshop for children, participants find out the answers to such questions, as well as learn to read and write some of the most important Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.  

 

 

 

 



Guided Tour in Neues Museum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, photo: Bernd Weingart