The path through the Archaeological Museum (Archäologisches Museum) does not lead into the remoteness of past times. In the restored church of the former Carmelite Monastery and the building by the architect Josef Paul Kleihues, adults and children can experience ways of life that have vanished. The Palaeolithic hunting culture, the first Neolithic farmers in Frankfurt, Celts, Romans, Goths and the Germanic tribes are presented with original findings and descriptive pictures. They are accompanied by important collections from the Ancient Orient and Classical Antiquity. Special exhibitions on the cultures of ancient Europe complete the museum’s collection.
The museum is one of the few in Germany that is dedicated exclusively to archaeology. It is a central archive for the archaeological sites in the Frankfurt municipal area, which are constantly being expanded through digs by the Municipal Office of Historical Sites. From this emerges the task of the research and intermediation of the early history and archaeology of Frankfurt and the surrounding area.
The archaeological garden of Frankfurt Cathedral is also part of the museum, and three cultural epochs are visible there: The walls of a Roman military camp, the Carolingian-Ottonian imperial palace of the 9th to 10th century, in which important diets and synods were held, as well as cellars of middle class homes from the High Middle Ages. The tightly interwoven nucleus of the city is revealed here as nowhere else.
Municipal museum of
the City of Frankfurt
Free admission for children and young persons under 18