For the first time, the Archaeological Museum Hamburg takes part in the “Archaeology Days in Europe”. On the 14th, 15th and 16th of June, various players from the field of archaeology are working together to bring the subject to the public. The idea comes from our French neighbours, where the „Journées nationales de l’archéologie” (national archaeology days) have been taking place since June 2009, attracting large numbers of visitors. In 2019, the Archaeology Days will now take on pan-European dimensions, because not only the country of origin France participates, but also for the first time Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. Alongside other German states, Hamburg is also involved: the Archaeological Museum Hamburg offers an exclusively compiled programme on archaeology on all three days.

Under the streets, buildings and squares of Hamburg, the early days of Hamburg are hidden – the European Archaeology Days offer a good opportunity to discover the history of the Hanseatic city: for example at the Domplatz (“cathedral square”) in the heart of Hamburg, a place with a very special history. Since time immemorial, the location of the legendary “Hammaburg”, nucleus and name giver of the city of Hamburg, has been suspected. Just a few meters from the Domplatz is the Bischofsturm (“bishop’s tower”), the oldest surviving stone building in Hamburg’s old town. The area around the Hopfenmarkt also hides a unique field monument ensemble for Hamburg. This is where the development of Hamburg from the castle to the city began almost 1,000 years ago. In recent years, the fortification wall of the “New Castle” has been at the center of archaeological excavation campaigns, which will continue in 2019 by the Archaeological Museum Hamburg. Together with the experts, visitors to the European Archaeology Days can go on a journey through time visiting early Hamburg as part of guided tours around the Domplatz.
The “adventure archaeology” can be experienced by curious visitors also directly in the Archaeological Museum Hamburg. Visitors can become archaeologists and explorers in six exciting theme worlds. The special idea of the exhibition: Archaeology bridges the gap between the present and the past. On a tour visitors move over two floors from the past to the present and to a possible future. Through large windows in the false ceiling – the windows of the time – you can look directly into the world of your ancestors or your own. Exciting hands-on-activities are also offered here especially for the “Archaeology Days in

The museum’s programme of the Archaeology Days in Europe in detail:

Public tours to archaeological monuments
Discover archaeology in the center of Hamburg
The tour starts at one of Hamburg’s most important field monument features, the Bischofsturm. The tower foundation is the oldest surviving stone building of the Hamburg old town. Continue to the Domplatz, a place with a whole special story. Here was the Hammaburg, nucleus and namegiver of the city of Hamburg. At the end the participants visit the grounds of the New Castle and learn what new insights the archaeologists have gained.
Dates: Friday, 14th June 2019 and Saturday, 15th June 2019, 11.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 16.00 h.
Meeting point: Speersort 10 / Kreuslerstraße 4, entrance “Dat Backhus”, 20095 Hamburg
Admission: free of charge
Without Registration

Guided tour in the Archaeological Museum Hamburg
Adventure Archaeology – Discover, Experience, Understand: With this motto the Archaeological Museum Hamburg presents an archaeological world of experience, that offers the small and big visitors a lively and fascinating insight into the prehistory and early history of Northern Germany. The museum sends them on an exciting journey through time: where do we come from? To where are we going to develop? Visitors can become active themselves and explore the cultural history of humanity playfully and sensually. A guided tour offers visitors a fascinating journey through the ages this day.
Date: Sunday, 16th June 2019, 12.00 to 13.00 h
Location: Harburger Rathausplatz 5, 21073 Hamburg
Admission: free of charge
Without Registration

Workshop for children in the Archaeological Museum Hamburg
How did the people decorate themselves in the Stone Age? The children make their own pendants for necklaces and bracelets out of clay, shells, feathers, bast and leather.
For children from 8 years
Date: Sunday, 16th June 2019, 14.00 to 16.30 h
Location: Harburger Rathausplatz 5, 21073 Hamburg
Admission: free of charge
Registration required: 040-42871 2497


Permanent Exhibition

Harburger Rathausplatz 5
21073 Hamburg

The Bischofsturm

Speersort 10
20095 Hamburg


free of charge, registration required only for the childrens programme