I was surprised, when I read this, that the museum had had a policy of permitting photographs. Apart from the dangers of flash I would have thought that for logistical reasons alone photography would have been banned simply because people taking picutres usually slows up visitor flow around certain exhibits. The problem with people ignoring the restrictions on flash is infuriating. If they don't know how to turn the automatic flash off then they quite simply shouldn't use the camera where flash is banned.
Berlin has banned tourists taking photographs of Queen Nefertiti, amid fears that camera flashes may spoil pigments painted on the limestone and plaster bust, a museum spokeswoman said Thursday. The sculpture in the Neues Museum featuring a delicate skin-tan and perfect eye makeup that make the 3,500-year-old figure look like a contemporary woman, is one of the city's top tourist draws.
The spokeswoman said the previous policy, allowing photographs if the flash was turned off, was changed several weeks ago, "because most visitors were not obeying the ban on flash."