Please note that the Cathedral Treasury and the Prehistory, Roman Era and Modern Era collection are temporarily closed because of upcoming remodeling and renovation.


In the beginning was fire

The prehistoric period in the Palatinate lasted 700,000 years: From the first humans to the arrival of the Romans.

This exhibition memorably tells the story of hunters and gatherers who became masters of fire and whose most important tool was the hand axe. It describes how these people evolved into settled farmers, who made clay vessels, wove woolen clothing, planted grain and raised livestock.

[Translate to Englisch:] Die aus dem Rhein geborgene Pfeilspitzen und Angelhaken aus Bronze stammen von 1300 bis 800 vor Christus und wurden bei Roxheim gefunden.

Fotos: Peter Haag-Kirchner/Historisches Museum
[Translate to Englisch:] Pfeilspitzen

Mysterious and Fascinating: The Golden Hat

The Golden Hat of Schifferstadt is the most spectacular find in the “Prehistory” collection. The cone made of thin sheet gold is thought to have been a ceremonial hat of a priest with authority far beyond the region.

[Translate to Englisch:] Goldener Hut

Treasures from Celtic Graves

Celtic nobles living in the 5th century B.C. were fond of surrounding themselves with precious imports from the Mediterranean region. An exquisitely decorated tripod from a prince's grave discovered near Bad Dürkheim is the most important piece of Etruscan bronze work that reached the Celtic north over the Alps in antiquity. It attests to the Celts’ wealth and far-reaching commercial ties.

Keltische Adelige nutzten den Dreifuß bei festlichen Gelagen. Der knapp 70 cm hohe Ständer trug einst einen rundbodigen Kessel zum Mischen von Wein.
Der Dreifuß ist reich verziert und zeigt Gruppen aus miteinander kämpfenden Tieren und Halbgöttern.

Fotos: Peter Haag-Kirchner/Historisches Museum
Meisterleistung vorgeschichtlicher Bronzegießer: die bei Haßloch gefundenen Bronzeräder aus dem 9. Jahrhundert vor Christus.

Fotos: Peter Haag-Kirchner/Historisches Museum
Fotos: Peter Haag-Kirchner/Historisches Museum
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