Somewhere in the deepest recesses of my brain I will always be that kid who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and from that point forward, wanted to be an archaeologist.  I may sit at a computer all day these days, but in my mind I’m swashbuckling through the jungle, looking for a lost civilization or braving the blowing sands of the desert in Egypt, searching for a lost pharaoh’s tomb.  Because of this secret longing, let’s just say it was love at first sight when I entered the Neues Museum in Berlin for the first time.


Built originally in the mid 19th century as an extension of the Altes Museum, it was decimated during World War II and sat in ruin until the mid 1980’s when a reconstruction began.  Today the interior of the building has the feel of an ancient ruin.  An appropriate home for the antiquities it…

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