After a lengthy period of refurbishing and renovation, the Museum of Ancient History at Heidelberg University's Institute of Archaeology reopens its doors on 12 May. The 150th anniversary of the University's archaeology collection in 1998 and the renewal of the building at Marstallhof 4 were the occasions prompting the urgently required re-systematization of the permanent exhibition, which in its substance dates back to the first opening of the building 30 years ago.
The aim of the new layout is to bring the museum in line with present-day requirements. Initially, the purpose of the exhibits was to acquaint students with the originals they are copied from. But in the recent past the museum has gained increasing significance as a venue for a more general public. The new museum layout does its best to cater for both groups, arranging the exhibits thematically and featuring illustrated information panels providing a general introduction to the cultural history of the ancient world.
The exhibition assembles archaeological relics from the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean area, notably ceramics, terracotta objects and bronzes, but also including glassware and coins and fragments of clay and stone architecture. The period covered extends from Mycenae to the Greeks and Etruscans and from there to the Roman Empire. Ceramics from Troy and galvano-plastic replicas of famous finds from Mycenae and Crete round off a historical panorama ranging from the 3rd century BC to late antiquity.
The project has been made possible by the generous support of the Universitätsgesellschaft Heidelberg. Additional funds were provided by the University and the German-Greek Academic Society, Schwetzingen.
The new exhibition at the museum opens on 12 May 2000 in the presence of Rector Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke and the president of the Universitätsgesellschaft Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mußgnug. The museum will be presenting its treasures to the public at an Open Day on Sunday, 14 May 2000.
Information and guided tours:
Dr. Hermann Pflug, phone: 06221/542515, fax: 543385
Address: Institute of Archaeology of the University of Heidelberg,
Marstallhof 4, 69117 Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542512, fax: 543385
Opening times:Sundays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (15 April to 15 July and 15 October to 15 February); closed outside term-time.
Guided tours outside regular opening hours are also available on request.
Journalists' inquiries can also be addressed to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317