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Museums: Mainz in Retrospect

In the grand scale of things, 2,000 years is but a grain of sand. Mainz’s history and the remains of its two millennia are well-documented in more than a dozen museums. Excellently-prepared exhibits, well-written support materials, handsome texts, tracts and books and modern inter-active equipment further enhance museum-going in Mainz. Because much on display was found here, and as one can still visit the sites and frequently see remnants which survived, these museums are special. This immediacy lends an additional degree of reality to the life and times of Mainz’s past.

The Landesmuseum is one of the oldest museums in Germany. It houses the most important art collection of Rheinland-Pfalz, among which are extraordinary items from Roman Mainz dating from the 1st to 4th Century.

Landesmuseum Mainz

The Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum) possesses rich collections of flora and fauna from pre-historic to modern times. Additional exhibition rooms are devoted to geology, paleontology and earth science. A broadly-based pedagogical program, specifically designed for youthful participants, is a major aspect of the Museum’s offerings.

The Museum of Ancient Sea Travel contains the remains of six Roman ship wrecks salvaged from the Rhine in the 1980’s. True-to-life replicas were re-constructed based on these originals. Visitors also have the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes in the research laboratory and in the museum’s workshops.

The Roman-Germanic Museum (Roemisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum) Enjoys an outstanding reputation as a research institute and restorration
centers. Of particular importance is its reputation for its permanent collections of the Pre-historic, Roman and Early Medieval periods.


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