Museum Ancient Cultures

Museum Ancient Cultures

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When did the first works of art come about? The highlights of the Collection of Early Prehistory are the Ice Age figurines made of mammoth ivory, like the world famous Vogelherd horse. They date back  around 40,000 years and are among the world's oldest works of art.

Collection of Early Prehistory


How did people live 7,000 years ago? The Collection of Late Prehistory houses exhibits of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings" on Lake Federsee and also Iron Age objects of the Celtic settlements Heuneburg on the Upper Danube and Heidengraben on the Swabian Alb.

Collection of Late Prehistory


What were the secrets of the mysterious scriptures? The collection of Mesopotamian cuneiform texts covers a range of 5000 years of ancient Near Eastern script developement.

Ancient Near East Collection


How did the Egyptians bury their dead? The Egyptian Collection represents an impressive spectrum of funerary rites with mummy masks, coffins and grave goods. The highlight of the department is the offering chamber of Seschemnefer III. from Giza.

Ancient Egyptian Collection


Which objects did the ancient Greeks and Romans use on a daily basis? The Collection of Classical Archeology displays objects from everyday life and funerary customs of the ancient Mediterranean peoples. The most famous piece is the "Tübingen Hoplite", a bronze statuette of an Olympic champion.

Originals from the Collection of Classical Archaeology


More than just money? The Numismatic Collection of the Institute of Classical Archeology presents a cross-section of the history of money, from the first coins of the 7th century BC to coins from Alexander the Great to coins from Gaius Julius Caesar and the Roman emperors.

Numismatic Collection of Classical Archaeology


What were the important sculptures of antiquity? The plaster casts of famous statues, reliefs and architectural fragments from the Collection of Classical Archeology offer a fascinating tour through the history of ancient art.

Plaster Cast Collection

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By Bus
Neckarhalde (Line 20)
Haagtor (Line 9, 11, 12)
Neckarbrücke (Line 1-13, 16-18, 21-23, 30, 7622)
Nonnenhaus (Linie 1-13, 16-18, 21, 23, 826, 828, 7622 )

By Train
Walking direction from the train station

By Car
Please note that there is no parking space directly at the castle. For this purpose, use the multi-storey car parks "Altstadt-König" (Herrenberger Straße 2) and "Altstadt-Mitte" (Am Stadtgraben 13). The current occupancy figures can be found here.

Mineral water in plastic bottles can be taken into the exhibition rooms. A selection of chilled drinks is available in our museum shop.

Luggage and Wardrobe
Backpacks, large bags and umbrellas cannot be brought into the museum, but lockers are available in the entrance area.

Lost Property
If you have lost something in the museum, please feel free to contact our team: +49 (0)7071 29 77579.

For private use, photography without flash is allowed.