For the Long Night of the Museums on Saturday, 18th May 2019, the Archaeological Museum Hamburg presents itself from 18.00 to 02.00 to all night owls in three different locations. A great opportunity for culture-hungry people to visit the museum’s exhibitions and experience the programmes for the Hammaburg-SmartSquare and Heavy Metal programmes that have been put together exclusively for this day. The Archaeological Museum Hamburg offers a varied mix of spectacular demonstrations and exciting participatory activities that also offer some adventures for the younger visitors.


Bischofsturm / Domplatz

Speersort 10 / Kreuslerstraße 4, entrance “Dat Backhus”

20095 Hamburg


Motto: Hammaburg-SmartSquare: The gateway to Hamburg’s origin

The Archaeological Museum Hamburg opens its branch office exclusively for the Long Night of the Museums, the Bischofsturm (“Bishop’s Tower”) on the Hamburg Domplatz (“Cathedral Square”) and thus also the gateway to medieval Hamburg. Domplatz and Bischofsturm are some of the most important monuments in Hamburg. Here lay the nucleus of Hamburg: the “Hammaburg”. The Archaeological Museum presents the project “SmartSquare”, which is being developed there in cooperation with the HafenCity University Hamburg. You can see digital installations on the Domplatz and FlowSign in the Bischofsturm.

The 12th-century tower foundation is the starting point for a trip back in the 9th century. The visitors can look the researchers over the shoulder and can test new digital techniques of cultural mediation.


Guided tour: Myth Hammaburg meets SmartSquare

The archaeological-digital tour “Myth Hammaburg meets SmartSquare” leads from the Bischofsturm to the Domplatz and offers a discovery tour to the nucleus of Hamburg with live demonstrations.

18.00 – 18.45

20.00 – 20.45

21.00 – 21.45

00.00 – 00.45


Archaeological Museum Hamburg, Archaeological Exhibition

Harburger Rathausplatz 5

21073 Hamburg-Harburg

Tel. +49 (0)40-42871-2497


Motto: Heavy Metal – How bronze changed the world

Guided Tour: Heavy Metal

The invention of bronze was a revolutionary step and shaped an entire era: the Bronze Age. As part of a guided tour through the archaeological permanent exhibition, we present the triumphal march of the shiny golden metal and explain the associated social and global changes: What consequences did the new material have for humans and why are elements of the metal still to be found in cent coins and smartphones?

18.30 – 19.15

20.30 – 21.15

22.30 – 23.15

00.30 – 01.15


Join-in action for children and adults: bending jewellery

What did the jewellery look like in the Bronze Age? The participants can make shiny rings, pendants or bangles out of copper wire using original models.

18.00 – 01.00


Join-in action for children and adults: On Ötzi’s trail

Birch bark is a versatile material. Already the famous glacier man Ötzi had baskets made of birch bark. From the flexible and light birch bark the participants fashion containers and can also learn the twisting of bast.

18.00 – 01.00


Join-in action for children and adults: Fire and light

The mastery of fire was a most sparkling find. With the help of fire man learned to make ceramics and to melt metals. The participants can shape clay lamps and test fire drills and fire strikers to make the lamps shine.

18.00 – 1.00


Music: Luring sounds

Imposing lures of bronze determined the cultic sound world of the north. Joachim Schween demonstrates the impressive musical potential of this instrument on a true-to-life replica. The sound spectrum is complemented by the play of so-called Irish horns of the British Isles.

19.30 – 20.00

21.30 – 22.00

23.30 – 00.30


Culinary: Primeval stew

The traditional soup pot is simmering on the fire in front of the museum.

18.00 – 01.00


Special exhibition “SYRIA. Fragments of a journey, fragments of a time”

The Archaeological Museum Hamburg shows the exhibition “SYRIA. Fragments of a journey, fragments of a time” with photographs by Yvonne von Schweinitz (1921-2015). The photographer travelled to Syria in 1953 and 1960 in today’s largely destroyed cities Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo, with trips to the desert oasis Palmyra and the Alawite Mountains. The exhibition invites the visitor to follow the paths of travel photographer Yvonne von Schweinitz. More than 70 black-and-white photographs and numerous colour slides were taken with her Rolleiflex and various small-format cameras. Complementary material gives an impression of the current situation of Syria, shaken by the civil war.

18.00 – 02.00


Culinary: Orient meets Occident

Delicious morning and evening meals are served at Helms Lounge.

18.00 – 00.00


Special Exhibition

Museumsplatz 2
21073 Hamburg

Permanent Exhibition

Harburger Rathausplatz 5
21073 Hamburg

The Bischofsturm

Speersort 10
20095 Hamburg


Tickets: 17 Euros, reduced 12 Euros
NEW: Young night ticket. This ticket gives young people between the ages of 13 and 17 a reduced entrance fee of 4 Euros to the museums.