The opening of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation's Archaeological Centre in Spring 2012 saw the national museums of Berlin bringing together their five archaeological museums under one roof for the first time.
This includes the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Museum of Pre-History and Early History and the Middle Eastern Museum. The "Museum Island Master Plan" not only plans to unite the archaeological collections, it also intends to establish a scientific centre including restoration workshops, libraries and archives. In the spacious foyer area of the cube-shaped Archaeological Centre, visitors look out onto a resurrected tomb figure from Tell Halaf which was brought to Germany after being discovered in 1912 in what is now North East Syria. The 1,000 square metres Archaeological Library set up by the Berlin Art Library (Kunstbibliothek) is a first: the 150 year old collection of unique literature is available to the public in its entirety for the first time. Some 150,000 materials have been systematically organised according to the international library standards.
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