The State Prehistoric Collection is housed in an exceptionally well designed purpose-built museum overlooking the English Garden.
The collection was begun following the foundation in 1759 of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and fostered by King Max I Joseph as well as by the very active Historical Society of Upper Bavaria. Towards the end of the 19th C. the anthropologist Johannes Ranke campaigned tirelessly for a separate museum of prehistory.
State Prehistoric Collection Map
Lerchenfeldstraße 2, D-80538 Munich, Germany
9am-4pm; Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri: 9am-3pm; Closed: Mon
Transit: Tram: 20; Bus: 53.
On display are:
Paleaolithic period: finds from the Klausen caves near Neuessing and the Weinberg caves near Mauern.
Mesolithic period: finds from Speckberg near Eichstätt, etc.
Neolithic period: stone tools and pottery, including ribbon-ware from Hienheim near Kehlheim.
Bronze Age: story of metal processing.
Urnfield culture: weapons and tools, including swords, lances and ceremonial axes.
Hallstatt period: jewelry (gold rings, amber, etc.), vessels from the Schirndorf burial site, ornaments of geometric design.
Laténe period: animal figures (from Weltenburg, Lindau, etc.), finds from the Obermenzing healer's grave, relics of the Late Celtic oppidum at Manching, various coins, small gold rainbow bowl from Irsching.
Roman period: weapons from Künzing Castle on the Danube, sections of mosaic pavements, Terra Sigillata, glass: reconstruction of the female grave at Wehringen near Augsburg, parts of the Roman baths at Schwangau, bronze mask from Eining near Kelheim, treasures from Straubing.
Early Middle Ages: grave goods from Fürst, weapons, jewelry (including elaborate fibulas), items from a royal grave at Wittislingen (e.g. gold disc fibula, gold-leaf cross), model churches, model of the village of Kirchheim, medieval bog corpse.
Mosaics from Jordan.