Welcome to the Museum of Pre- and Ancient History,
part of the Thuringian State Archaeological Museum

Discover Archaeological Treasures from 400,000 Years of Thuringian History!

Unique and original finds, fascinating models, life-size reconstructions, and multimedia installations will take you on a journey through the history of Thuringia.

Material culture, technology, building techniques, art, and, not least, people themselves, are the focus of the museum’s permanent exhibition.  Always on the cutting edge of the most recent findings from archaeological excavations and research, the Museum of Pre- and Ancient History graphically and informatively conveys the history of settlement along with the economic and social histories of the region. History is made comprehensible and tangible: from the dawn of humanity, through the Stone Age and subsequent cultures, and into the Middle Ages.

The permanent exhibition, spread throughout 26 rooms across 1,000 m2, presents more than 3,000 artefacts from all aspects of the day-to-day lives of our ancestors. Among the exhibition pieces are such world-renowned archaeological finds as artefacts from the camp site of the Bilzingsleben Homo erectus, who hunted Merck’s rhinoceros and straight-tusked elephant, and the remains of a proto-Neanderthal found in travertine deposits near Weimar-Ehringsdorf.

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