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© Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Einsamer Schütze
© Wikimedia Commons. Foto: Einsamer Schütze

The Museum of Prehistory and Early History (Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte) is one of the largest international collections of archaeological and prehistoric finds from the Old World. Its treasures are displayed in the Neues Museum on the Museumsinsel Berlin. The collections trace the development of prehistoric and protohistoric cultures from the Paleolithic period up to and into the High Middle Ages. Collection highlights include the famous skull of the Neanderthal from Le Moustier, Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of Trojan antiquities, and the ‘Berlin Gold Hat’. Recent finds from excavations in Berlin also include objects representing modern and contemporary history.  Levels 1 and 2 of the Neues Museum contain the Nordic ‘Vaterländischer Saal’ with its historical murals, the Cyprus collections, the archaeology of the Roman provinces and of ‘free’ Germania, as well as the gallery covering the Migration Period up to the High Middle Ages. Level 3 takes visitors even further back in time to prehistory and ancient history in the newly designed permanent exhibition ‘Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age’. 

A newly devised tour will take visitors along a ‘processional way’ leading to the famous Bronze-Age Golden Hat, now more brilliantly illuminated than ever. Other special highlights are the new showcase illustrations; elaborate montages on the back walls of the cases provide dramatic settings for the exhibits. Also well worth seeing is the animated watercolour installation, ‘The Time Machine’, which shows how the foothills of the Alps changed over time under the influence of man, from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age. In the Stone-Age room a new film uses timelines and propagation maps to explain the transition from non-permanent to permanent settlements and the development of arable farming and animal husbandry.

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Last entry

30 min. before closing

The visit is only possible with an FFP2 face mask and a time slot ticket booked online in advance.

The presentation of a daily test result is no longer necessary for the museum visit until further notice. Please refer to the information bundled on this page to plan your visit.

(Translated with DeepL)

  • 1. January 12:00 - 18:00
  • 8. March 10:00 - 18:00
  • 1. May 10:00 - 18:00
  • 3. October 10:00 - 18:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 25. December 10:00 - 18:00
  • 26. December 10:00 - 18:00
  • 31. December 10:00 - 14:00

Location,

Bodestraße 1, 10178 Berlin

Website,

www.smb.museum/museen-un…

Email,

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Prices,

Admission price 12,00 €

Bereichskarte Museumsinsel: 18,00 €

Reduced price 6,00 €

Bereichskarte Museumsinsel: 9,00 €

Exhibitions

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte / Claudia Plamp

Prehistory and early history

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptische Museum und Papyrussammlung / Foto: J. Liepe

Sound Patterns – Music in Ancient Egypt

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte / Claudia Klein

Treasures from the Rhine: The Barbarian Treasure of Neupotz

© Römisch-Germanisches Museum/Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

The Crown of Kerch

Treasures from the Dawn of European History

© SMB, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte / K. Göken
Schwerter und Lanze, Bronze. 9.-8. Jh. v. Chr., Stölln, Deutschland © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte / Klaus Göken

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age

Events

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Illustration Leo Leowald

Kolonnadenhof

Raus ins Atelier! . Heute: Museumsinsel

Digital Service

COLLECTION ONLINE

Online collections database SMB-digital

Tickets

Admission price

12,00 €

Bereichskarte Museumsinsel: 18,00 €

Reduced price

6,00 €

Bereichskarte Museumsinsel: 9,00 €

Yearly ticket

Click here for information about Yearly ticket.

Member of Museumspass Berlin

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Services

  • Museum Shop
  • Cafe
  • Library
  • Diaper changing table

Service Telephone

+49 (30) 266 42 42 42

Accessibility

Audioguides

In German, English, French, Italian, Spanish.

For children and teenager.