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Prehistory

Discover the prehistory of the region around Nuremberg from the Stone Age to the beginning of the Christian era

Neandertaler 100,000 years of human history are reflected in the finds of the Nuremberg region. We reconstruct what life was like then by showing you small-scale models, originals and life-size figures, like this Neanderthal man.
  • How did people live in the Stone Age?
  • What clothes and jewellery did they wear on festive occasions?
  • How did they imagine life after death?

Here you will find answers to these questions and more.


Once the jewellery of this woman shone like gold! It was found at her burial site from about 1000 BC at Weissenbrunn. After her death she was buried in her rich apparel. Compare the originals with the replicas in the model. Bild Vorgeschichte

Augenperlen These 'eye beads' come from a sinkhole cave near Egloffstein, from about 400 BC. They were found together with human bones.



Tracing the history of the Celts


The permanent exhibition on the archaeology of the Nuremberg area was finished in March 2009. The completion of the department of the Iron Age (800 - 15 BC) concludes the updated arrangement of the permanent collection in the Natural History Museum. This new exhibition shows Celtic culture and customs. The Celtic age is brought to life with a great number of objects and excellent models and reconstructions. The exhibition answers many frequently-asked questions about the time of the Celts. Who were they? How did they live?
The highlight is an accurate reconstruction of the original Hallstatt wagon of Gaisheim (in the district of Amberg-Sulzbach), the remains of which were discovered in 1907. It is one of the most important archaeological finds in the collection of the Natural History Society, besides the little equestrian statue of Speikern (pictured) and the 'Schalenpferd' of Beckerslohe (i.e. a little clay horse with a dish on its back). Celtic ladies wore magnificent jewellery, such as the bronze necklace of Kirchenreinbach and other precious bronze pieces, which complete the exhibition of Celtic art.
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Marientorgraben 8
90402 Nürnberg
Tel.: 0911/22 79 70

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