The Archaeological Museum Hamburg
(Helms-Museum) is an archaeological museum in the city of Hamburg, Harburg borough, in northern Germany
. It covers the archaeological finds of the city of Hamburg and the neighboring counties in the south of the city.
It focuses on the representation of the northern German prehistory and early history, and the presentation of the history of the former city of Harburg. At the same time, the museum is entrusted with the cultural heritage preservation of the city of Hamburg and the district of Harburg in Lower-Saxony
and thus including for archaeological supervision jurisdiction in this area.
The museum has two major exhibition areas. The future City Museum of Harburg, remporary exhibitions, the library, offices and small magazines are located in the main building which is shared with Harburger Theater at Museumsplatz 2.
The archaeological permanent exhibition, areas for museums education are located in close proximity at Harburger Rathausplatz 5. In addition, it keeps the exhibition area of the so called Bischofstum (Bishops Tower) of the 11th century in Hamburg's old town, the archaeological trail at Fischbeker Heide at Neugraben-Fischbek and the 8th century hillfort of Hollenstedt as external branches.
With more than 2,5 million objects, it has the largest collection of Prehistory, represented by mostly local exhibits of the Paleolithic, the Neolithic, the Bronze Age, the Iron age, the Migration Period and the Early Middle Ages of northern Germany. Some of the notable exhibits are the Duvensee paddle one of the oldest survived and the Wulfsen horse burial site. A second permanent exhibition shows the local history of the Harburg borough will be on display in the near future.
The museum takes part in the Long Night of Museums of Hamburg, and maintains variaty of museum education progamms for children and school classes.