Original objects - often thousands of years old – are at the centre of the 'museum and school' programme. Archaeological finds are fascinating witnesses to past times whether from the Stone Age, the Classical Age, the Roman period, or the Middle Ages.

The guided talks are suitable for pupils of primary, elementary, secondary, high, grammar, comprehensive and specialist schools, as well as for technical and vocational colleges (including full-day schools). We offer topics using exhibits from the museum's collection, which can be handled by blind and partially-sighted students.

An introduction to History

. . . in the Archaeological Museum!
Our collections covering prehistory, the Roman period and Classical Antiquity, as well as the excavations of Frankfurt's historic centre, lend themselves to talking with students about archaeological finds as a source for writing about history, or to explain excavations and archaeological research methods.

Our combined offer covers a guided tour, work-groups and experimental learning units. It can also be combined with excursions to the Archaeological Garden or to the pottery kilns of the Roman settlement of NIDA in Nordweststadt.

The lessons in the museum will be discussed with you in advance and can take place over one or two days. This is also true for afternoon lessons.

Antiquity collection: Vase painting
(in German only)
Almost every era and style of painted Greek and Etruscan ceramics can be seen in the museum. The mythical deeds of the Greek gods and heroes, cultic acts and festivals of the genteel citizenry, painting techniques and pottery are the focus of the guided tour on the subject of Archaeology and the Art of Antiquity.

GS, HS, RS, GYM Kunst, Geschichte, Griechisch


Games of Antiquity
(in German only)
Games using bones, boards and nuts; games of patience, chance or dexterity – the options for playing in Antiquity are inexhaustible. Starting with the original exhibits in the Antiquity collection and the section on the Roman era, school children get to know selected games and their rules.

The Stone Age in Frankfurt

Experimental archaeology – experimental learning

Archaeologists in Frankfurt's city area have exposed traces of settlements belonging to the first farmers, around 5500 B.C. What do they tell us about the relationship between Man and his environment?
A guided tour on the theme of Man and Nature in the Neolithic Era: the techniques of stone drilling, making fire and bows and arrows will be presented, as well as the model of a Neolithic house.

Primary school, elementary school: Social Studies
High school, technical college, grammar school: History


The Celtic Prince from Frankfurt

In 1966/1967 the richly-furnished grave of an early Celtic prince was uncovered in Frankfurt's city forest. He had imported bronze vessels, a bronze sword, an iron knife, inlaid with gold, and riding
accoutrements.
A guided tour on the theme of Power and Burial practices around 700 B.C. An additional excursion to visit the tumulus excavations in Frankfurt's city forest is possible!

Primary school, elementary school: Social Studies
High school, technical college, grammar school: History

Life in a Roman town

Until 260 A.D., the Roman town of NIDA stood in the north of what is now Frankfurt. Thanks to the extensive excavations, we can envisage homes, a market place, a theatre, public baths, craftsmen's ateliers and sites of religious worship. Nowadays, the ancient town is built over; archaeological finds can be viewed in the museum.
A tour with work-groups on the theme of the military, the economy, everyday life and religion in Roman times.

Primary school, elementary school: Social Studies; High school, technical college, grammar school: History

With chisel and stylus . . .

. . . plume or finger: Handwriting and writing in ancient Roman times.
Whether in block capitals or handwriting, on stone, papyrus, parchment
or wax tablets: contracts, dedications on buildings gravestones and
funerary monuments deliver wide-ranging information about life in the
Roman town of NIDA.
The students will themselves try out writing.

Primary school: Social Studies, Art; High school, technical college, grammar school: History, Art, Latin