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Archäologisches Museum des Historischen Vereins für Oberfranken e. V. (Archaeological Museum of the Historical Society of Upper Franconia)

Bayreuth, Urban municipality / Oberfranken

Mittelalterlicher Pferdegeschirr-Anhänger mit mythologischer Darstellung eines Löwen mit Flügeln, Landkreis Bayreuth
Mittelalterlicher Pferdegeschirr-Anhänger mit mythologischer Darstellung eines Löwen mit Flügeln, Landkreis Bayreuth
Foto: Jörg Schulze

Neues Schloss – Archäologisches Museum des Historischen Vereins für Oberfranken e. V.

Ludwigstraße 25 b
95444 Bayreuth

Tel. 0921/65307
Fax 0921/5072878
E-mail
Historisch.Verein.Oberfranken@t-online.de
Website
http://www.hvo.franken.org

Opening hours

Mai-Okt. Sa. 10.00-15.00, 1. So. im Monat 10.00-12.00; Führungen n. Vereinb.

Description

The Archaeological Museum is housed in the Italian wing of the New Palace, built in 1759-1762. This building, with its early Classicist garden façade and the rich interiors, is one of the highlights of Bayreuth court art.
The museum is supported by the Historischer Verein für Oberfranken e.V., which was founded in 1827. The "Horde of the Saas", which was discovered one year before, is now partly owned by this society. This magnificent find formed the beginning of a collection that was continually enlarged by donations from the members and sponsors, but also by the society's own excavations. The museum owes a few new excavation sites to the Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (Bavarian State Authority for the Care of Monuments). Nearly all the exhibits come from Upper Franconia, most from Franconian Switzerland and the area around Bayreuth. All periods from the early Stone Age to the Latène period are represented, some with outstanding findings. A few objects worth mentioning, for example, are a mid-Stone Age scratched drawing on a bone fragment (Pottenstein), the early Latène period findings from Höfen (very finely decorated clay vessels) and Drosendorf (exceptionally beautiful bird-head clasps). The exhibition ends with exhibits of the early and high Middle Ages.