Collection of Ancient Oriental Studies

The collection of Mesopotamic cuneiform texts that only came into existence after World War II covers the entire area of the development of writing in the Ancient Orient from the 3rd until the 1st millennium BC. Over this long time span, the gradual changes of the pictograms can be followed. The texts give an insight into different genres of ancient oriental writing such as official documents, letters, lexical lists and royal inscriptions. Items of craftwork like original seals and copies of ancient oriental sculptures and relief art supplement the collection. A medal commemorates Georg Friedrich Grotefend, one of the early pioneers of Ancient Oriental Studies and one of the first researchers who managed to decipher cuneiforms in part.

To the collection in the eMuseum

Highlights of the Collection

This letter in which the businessman Niginakia and his associate named Qishti-Erra are mentioned dates from ancient Babylonian times (17th century BC)
Fragment of an originally two-column inscription by the king Siniddinam of Larsa. King Siniddinam (1777–1771 BC) is also mentioned in the inscription.
Fragment of an official document from the age of Uruk III (around 3000 BC)

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Wed to Sun from 10am to 5pm
Thurs from 10am to 7pm


“Sundays at 3” all year round
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Prof. Dr. Wiebke Meinhold
Tel: 07071 - 2976758

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs
Tel: 07071 - 2977148

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Adults: 5€
Reduced: 3€ (children, pupils, students, pensioners, severely disabled people)
Family ticket: 12€
Students of Tübingen: Free of charge


Collection of Ancient Oriental Studies | Museum Ancient Cultures
Burgsteige 11 | Hohentübingen Castle
72070 Tübingen