Children

Saturday Workshop

Once a month children of at least six years can delve into the world of archaeology and expirience the past. They can tailor a leather pouch, craft a clay lamp, paint Ice Age animals with earth colours and many other things. You can register for the Saturday Workshop at the museum.
At the specified dates from 14:00 to 16:00
Fee: 3 euros per child, admission free
Please wear clothing that can get dirty.
Phone: +49 (0)40 42871-2497

 

 

Sunday Kids

Sunday is an exciting day at the museum for children of eight years or older. You can register for the Sunday Kids programme at the museum.
Every Sunday 14:00 to 17:00
Fee: 3 euros per child, admission free
Please wear clothing that can get dirty.
Phone: +49 (0)40 42871-2497

 

Let’s go on a journey!

The children travel through time when they discover – in the exhibition “Two Million Years of Migration” why our ancestors left Africa to roam the rest of the world. After that the children create these “travel stories” at the atelier. Their works can be taken home or exhibited in the exhibition.

 

Jewellerey from Ancient Times

Humans like to adorn themselves. No matter if rings or necklaces, glass, stones, gold or silver – there is a huge range to choose from. But often our taste changes with changing fashion trends: silver bracelets are displaced by colourful plastic wristbands; earrings are sometimes small, sometimes big. The history of jewellery and fashion is as old as humanity itself. Every era had their favourite jewellery. Jewellery finds help archaeologists determine the age of settlements or graves. In the jewellery workshop you get to know jewellery from two different eras and can craft your own trinkets from original models. You need creativity and skill to make Bronze Age decorations from metal and let the Middle Ages come to life with self decorated beads. The self-made jewellery can of course be taken home.

 

Hammer and Cross – Treasures from Tin

According to legend, Viking god Thor conjured up thunder and lightning with his hammer. The Vikings adorned themselves with a miniature of the divine tool which they wore around their necks as a pendant. The Saxons however, who lived once in this region, wore the cross as a christian symbol since around 800. After you familiarised yourselves with the ancient Vikings and Saxons you create plaster molds imitating the gorgeous originals and fill these with tin. Your jewellery can of course be taken home.

 

At the Stone Age Bakery

Stone axes, hand spindles and many other tools were used in the everyday life of Stone Age farmers. The greatest amount of work however might have been used for producing the flour for the Stone Age bread. For you original mill stones stand ready. The together prepared dough is baked in an oven so that everyone can taste a piece of Stone Age flatbread as well as take something home.

 

Back to the Paleolithic

During this time travel back to the mammoth and reindeer hunters you learn a lot about the life of these people. The basic equipment of every Stone Age human contained among other tools of course a sharp knife. That means getting some flintstone and creating sharp blades with the use of a hammer stone! With the self-made knife blade you cut a pouch from a piece of leather, just what you need to carry your own tools back home. In the end we also show how fire was made in the Stone Age.

 

Felt Workshop

Felting is one of the oldest textile production techniques. Its origins probably lied with the nomad peoples of Central Asia. From the wool of their animals, which they turned to felt, the nomads fabricated clothing as well as everyday objects. In Europe felt was popular as well and was used for a variety of things.
During this Sunday Kids class you are introduced to the secret of traditional felt making – which is not so difficult when you know what to do. Using ancient techniques you create the most beautiful bags, animals and toys from the created felt that you of course can take home.

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Archäologisches Museum Hamburg
Archäologisches Museum Hamburg

Holiday programme: Holiday fun for time detectives

Where do we go this time in our holidays? Off to a voyage of discovery at the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, where the past comes alive! In five days all holiday children travel through the adventurous history of our ancestors and follow the phenomenon of migration.
For children between 7 and 12 years
Date: 6th – 10th August 2018, 9.00-14.00
Fee: 6 Euros per child per day or 25 Euros per child per week
Booking: +49 (0)40 428 131-0, info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Children’s Birthday Party

Children’s birthday parties are one the most popular events of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg. Up to twelve children can participate in the two-hour birthday or three-hour super birthday.

 

Fee

The fees for the birthdays are – depending on the length – 110 euros (two hours) or 140 euros ( three-hour super birthday). The birthday cake and drinks can be brought from home and consumed in the museum.
Please wear clothing that can get dirty.
Information and booking
Please contact the Museumsdienst a couple of weeks prior to your desired date if possible:
Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Events

Back to the Palaeolithic!

During this time travel back to the reindeer hunters of the last Ice Age the children learn a lot about the life of these humans. How did their environment look, how cold was it and where did they live? From what did they make tools and weapons? The basic equipment of every Stone Age human contained among other tools of course a sharp knife. That means getting some flintstone and creating sharp blades with the use of a hammer stone! With the self-made knife blade the children cut a pouch from a piece of leather, just what they need to carry their own tools back home. At the end of the birthday party we also show how fire was made in the Stone Age!
Birthday
Start 12:00 or 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Mega Stone Age

During this super birthday the children glimpse back into the time of the Stone Age mammoth and reindeer hunters, search for their traces in the exhibition and learn a lot about life in the Ice Age. How did their environment look, how cold was it and where did they live? From what did they make tools and weapons? The basic equipment of every Stone Age human contained among other tools of course a sharp knife. That means getting some flintstone and creating sharp blades with the use of a hammer stone! With the self-made knife blade the children cut a pouch from a piece of leather, just what they need to carry their own tools back home. They create strings from raffia to close their leather pouches. Or they grind shells on stones into a fitting shape to adorn their pouches. At the end of the birthday party we also show how fire was made in the Stone Age!
Super birthday
Start 13:45
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Cave Painting

The “party hall” of today is the recreated cave of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg! Decorated with beautiful paintings from the famous caves of Lascaux and Altamira it gives us insight into the believes of our Palaeolithic ancestors. To bring light into the darkness of the cave the birthday party creates little clay lamps. These are lit with a real Stone Age fire. The children watch the beautiful paintings by the light of the fire and experience how the pictures come “alive”. After that they get to know the Stone Age watercolour set and become Ice Age artists themselves.
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Start 12:00 or 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 6 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

In the Beginning was the Fire

Brrh, it was bitterly cold in the Ice Age. Mammoths and woolly rhinos were well adapted to a life in the ice thanks to their thick fur. But how could humans survive in these cold times? With the help of fire of course! Fire was literally a sparking invention. It warmed and gave light, protected from predators and made meat edible. After a journey of discovery through the exhibition, the children can experience the magic of fire and light for themselves. They make a lamp out of clay – stone age style. To light the lamp they of course need a fire. First, the children get to know the lighters of our ancestors, then they try to kindle a fire with flint, fool‘s gold and tinder and thus light their lamps.
Birthday
Start 12:00 or 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

With Bow and Arrows…

…the Stone Age humans hunted reindeer and wild horses. The birthday party listens to exciting stories about the fauna, weapons and hunting methods of the Stone Age. Afterwards the children craft their own arrows! Every child builds an arrow head from flint which is fixed onto a wooden shaft. After that feathers are glued on and ready is the Stone Age arrow. Before the children can test their aim all discover the magic of fire and light and experience how a Stone Age fire is kindled with flint, fool’s gold and tinder.
Super birthday
Start 13:45
Max. participants: 12
Age: 9 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Fun and Games – Celebrating like the Ancient Romans

Experiencing life in ancient Rome? No problem: just put on a tunic and travel through time. The children experience how the Romans lived 2000 years ago, how Roman clothing looked and what equipment a Roman legionnaire wore. And how did the children in Rome and its provinces spend their free time? With games of course! The children learn Roman games, can try them, their luck and their skill. Everyone can build their own Roman game to take home. If they want they can take Roman food for refreshment. We gladly advise you.
Birthday
Start 12:00 or 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

It never Felt better

During the Stone Age humans already wore clothing from woven fabrics. Spindle whorls and loom weights from clay testify that. They were found during excavations and are now part of the exhibition. Felt made from wool was also one of the materials used for prehistoric clothing. Thus Skythian graves, conserved by permanent frost, still contained beautifully adorned felt rugs and blankets. These finds are used as models when the birthday party uses the ancient technique to craft animal figures and small bags that the little visitors can decorate however they want.
Birthday
Start 12:00 or 14:30
Start super birthday 13:45
Max. participants: 12
Age: 6 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Farmer’s Bread – Stone Age Style

A quick trip to the bakery to get some rolls – that did not work in the Stone Age. The humans grinded their flour themselves on millstones, prepared the dough with it and baked everything in a clay oven. That sounds like hard work but it also is a lot of fun! In our stone age bakery corn is grinded to flour on real millstones. Together the dough is kneaded. While the rolls bake in the oven the children experience how a real Stone Age fire is kindled. After that the birthday party savour the self-made Stone Age rolls.
Birthday
Start 12:00 and 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 6 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Hammer and Cross – Treasures from Tin

According to legend, Viking god Thor conjured up thunder and lightning with his hammer. The Vikings adorned themselves with a miniature of the divine tool which they wore around their necks as a pendant. The Saxons however, who lived once in this region, wore the cross as a christian symbol since around 800. After the birthday party familiarised themselves with the ancient Vikings and Saxons they create plaster molds imitating the gorgeous originals and fill these with tin. Adorned with thor’s hammers, crosses and own creations the birthday visitors return home.
Super birthday
Start 13:45
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Beauty is what pleases

Already in the Stone Age humans felt the need to adorn and beautify themselves. The children track down old jewellerey from ancient times together. After that they start creating beautiful Stone Age jewellery from shells, clay or bones. Alternatively the birthday can take place during the Bronze Age when humans had learned to work metal. In that case rings, pendants and own jewellery creations can be made with copper wire.
Birthday
Start 12:00 and 14:30
Max. participants: 12
Age: 6 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Cool  Sound – The Ice Age Bullroarer

A special musical instrument of the Stone Age hunter-gatherers was the bullroarer, which deep humming sound was heard across the cold steppes far away. It was probably used for hunting or during rituals. With tools made from flint the children build their own bullroarers. They also learn how an Ice Age fire is made. Bullroarer and flint tools can be taken home.
Super birthday
Start 13:45
Max. participants: 12
Age: 8 years or older
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0; E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Children’s Consultation Hour

Children and teenagers discover sometimes old things that they like to know more about when playing or rumaging around grandpa’s attic. The “Children’s Consultation Hour” at the museum is the best way to ask an expert about the age, use and history of the find.

Date upon arrangement via phone: +49 (0)40 42871-2678 or E-Mail: Yvonne.Krause@amh.de

 

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Families

In addition to guided tours of the current special exhibitions the Archaeological Museum Hamburg also offers exciting field trips and tours with expert guidance. The programmes are directed at families and groups of adults:


Suday Tours

Sundays: Guided Tours of the Special Exhibitions

On Sundays guided tours lead through the current special exhibitions, give an overview of the subject and answer questions of the visitors.

 

Guided Family Tour: Where do we come from?

We humans have been on the way for the last two million years. Where we come from and how the voyages of our ancestors influence our present and future, these are questions we pursue on our exciting guided tour through the exhibition “Two Million Years of Migration”. The visitors travel through the past and discover their genetic heritage. New studies present unforeseen and surprising insights.
Sunday Dates: 6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August, 2nd September, 15.00-16.00
Wednesday Dates: 9th May, 18th July, 8th August, 15.00-16.00
Fee: regular admission plus 3 Euros
Registration: +49 (0)40-42871-2497

 

Adventure Archaeology: Discover – Experience – Understand

Archaeology is tracing humanity’s history: Where do we come from? How have we developed? These traces can be followed from mankind’s beginnings to the modern age. Archaeology connects the past and the present. This can be experienced during this guided tour. The visitors embark on an exciting journey through time and discover an archaeological event world that gives lively and fascinating insight not only into North Germany’s prehistory.
Booking No: AMH 0001
Length: 60 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 70 euros plus admission
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Crafting Knife Blades: Experience the Stone Age

A tour through the exhibition gives insight into the everyday life of our Stone Age ancestors. Archaeological finds like hunting weapons and tools from stone, bone or antler tell stories of this time. How flint, “Stone Age’s steel”, is used to create tools can be tried by everyone themself. These created knife blades and scrapers can be put to the test on wood and leather. At the end the participants learn how a Stone Age fire is kindled with nothing more than flint and fool’s gold.

Booking No: AMH 013
Length: 90 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 80 euros plus admission
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Family Workshop: Searching for traces

In the exhibition “Two Million Years of Migration” families can go on a discovery tour to look for traces and question them. During the following interactive event the whole family can then delve into the past.
Guided tour and workshop for families with children of at least 8 years
Dates: 26th May, 30th June, 28th July, 25th August, 14.00-16.00
Fee: regular admission plus 3 Euros
Registration: +49 (0)40-42871-2497

 

 26th May, 14.00-16.00: Fire to go

The mastery of fire allowed paleolithic humans to settle even the coldest regions of Earth. Creating fire is not that easy, however, it is of invalueable use for humans. It warms, protects and is in many ways useful for survival. After a tour through the exhibition the different ways of making fire are shown and everyone can try to light a fire as one did in the Stone Age.

 

30th June, 14.00-16.00: Revolution of breakfast

After the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago humans in Middle Europe lived as hunter-gatherers. About 7,500 years ago the situation changed. Arriving in Middle Europe, alien humans came from the Near East over Eastern Europe. They bring new things for the hunter-gatherers: standardised houses made of wood and clay, various types of grain and livestock like sheep, goats, pigs and cows. After a tour through the exhibition everyone can live the life of the farmers and grind corn to become flour on real grind stones. The Stone Age rolls are then baked in a modern oven.

 

28th July, 14.00-16.00: Break a thing, mend your luck

In the early Neolithic the first farmers produced pottery with a typical banded pattern which gave them the name of “Linear Pottery Culture”. One can see where the hunter-gatherers met their new neighbours due to archaeological finds which prove the exchange of pottery between them. In the late Neolithic Period there were many different cultural groups. Constantly cultural traditions terminated and new cultural elements appeared. The “Corded Ware culture” people who arrived 4,800 years ago from Eastern Europe and the following “Bell-Beaker culture” humans from Western Europe who both immigrated into modern-day Germany were named for their typical pottery decoration. After a tour through the exhibition everyone can build their own cup from clay and decorate it with patterns.

 

25th August, 14.00-16.00: Colourful beads

It has always been a need for humans to adorn themselves. Jewelry is an expression of one’s self-concept and can also symbolize the commitment to a group. In graves jewelry often serves as burial objects belonging to the deceased. Saxonian women in the Middle Ages especially liked brooches, rings and glass beads. Using original models everyone forms colourful beads from Fimo.

 

Grandparents and Grandchildren

Every first wednesday of each month grandparents and grandchildren explore the mysterious world of the Stone Age together. With the title “Wednesday Evening at the Museum – Grandparents and Grandchildren explore the Archaeological Museum Hamburg together” the museum offers a guided tour with Stone Age action. To delve deep into the mysterious world of archaeology the small and big visitors get to know the archaeological exhibition first, bevore experiencing how to make a fire, Stone Age style, at the „ArchaeoLOGICUM“.
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: 3 euros plus admission
no registration necessary (except offers for special exhibitions)

 

Field Trips

Descending into the Stone and Bronze Age: Archaeological Hiking Trail Fischbeker Heide

Original and restored tombs, most of them from the Bronze Age, show the wanderers on the archaeological hiking trail in the Fischbeker Heide prehistoric sites and gives them insight into the archaeologist’s field of work. Especially the Bronze Age burials with their sometimes mighty hills serve as a fitting scenery when you put on a “contemporary” garb and adorn yourselves with needles, torques and weapons.
Note: This programme takes place at the Fischbeker Heide!

Meeting place: „Schafstall” Fischbeker Heide, Fischbeker Heideweg 43 a in Neugraben
Opening hours:
April to October, Tue–Fri 10:00–13:00, Sat 12:00–17:00, Sun 11:00–17:00 Uhr. Please ask for opening hours during holidays!
Booking No: AMH 003
Length: 120 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 95 euros
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Traveling through Harburg’s History: From the Castle to Modern Harburg

Not only the Harburg castle, the oldest preserved building of Hamburg, also other selected spots are part of our Harburg history lesson. Among them are burgeois houses from the 17th and 18th century, the harbour and the old church. The tour starts at the Harburg castle on the Schlossinsel and goes on via Harburger Schloßstraße into the modern Harburg.
Note: This programme does not take place at the museum!
Booking No: AMH 010
Length: 120 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 95 euros
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

City History is Art History: The Harburg Art Trail

The Harburg Art Trail (Harburger Kunstpfad) guides you for 1.5 hours through Harburg’s city centre on the traces of art. Bronze markers on the ground show the way to 27 objects. The presented works of art mirror the art history from the Baroque to today and at the same time tell of Harburg’s city history. Works of long-forgotten but once famous artists stand next to contemporary ones. All have in common the connection to this once independent city that is a district of Hamburg today. Starting at the tuba blower at the Harburger Rathausplatz, the meeting place for groups of visitors, the trail leads to various fountains, murals, statues, architectural sculptures, warrior monuments until it ends at the memorial of the world famous artist Jochen Gerz.
A German brochure for the Harburg Art Trail can be bought for 5 euros at the museum.
Note: This programme does not take place at the museum!
Booking No: AMH 011
Length: 120 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 95 euros
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Graves that tell Stories: The Jewish Cemetary in Harburg 

Founded at the end of the 17th century, the jewish cemetary is already over 300 years old. While small of size its regional importance was big: For a long time it was the burial place for Harburg, Winsen, Tostedt and even Lüneburg. On the tour some of the 239 preserved grave stones that tell stories about the synagogue’s members will be explored. The participants discover graves that are arranged traditionally as well as a new jewish burial tradition that started in the 19th century to adjust to communal cemetaries.
Note: This programme does not take place at the museum!
Booking No: AMH 014
Length: 90 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 80 euros
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

 

Archaeology at the Heart of Hamburg: Around the Bischofsturm

The Bischofsturm is one of the most important archaeological sites of Hamburg: situated right at the centre of the hanse city, only a couple of metres from the Domplatz, the nucleus of the city. The spectacular site dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest surviving stone building of Hamburg. Why the tower is named after a bishop (Bischofsturm = bishop tower) and what function this enormous foundation had will be explained during a time travel to Hamburg’s Middle Ages. The tour starts at the Bischofsturm and follows the traces left by Hamburg’s early history that are hidden beneath the streets, buildings and squares of the old city.
Note: This programme does not take place at the museum!
Booking No: AMH 012
Length: 90 minutes
For families and adult groups
Fee: 80 euros
Booking: Phone: +49 (0)40 428 131 0, E-Mail: info@museumsdienst-hamburg.de

This guided tour is available every first Monay of the month for single visitors: see event calendar