200,000 Years of History
The permanent exhibition offers a circular walking tour through the entire history of Trier and the Trier region – from the Ice Age to the Roman city, from the Franks to the last Trier Electoral Prince. Whoever has been astounded by the Roman structures in Trier can find the archaeological treasures of the ancient city.
Among the exhibits are the oldest man-made stone tools of the region, archaeological testimony to the first villages and settlements, hoard finds with jewellery and weapons as well as extravagant Celtic graves.
The major portion of the museum is devoted to the Roman era. From the evidence permitting Trier to call itself Germany’s oldest city to the famous burial monuments from Neumagen, among which are the Roman wine ship or the “school bas-relief”, to the magnificent mosaics, the largest collection north of the Alps: All bear witness here to the splendour of the ancient city which achieved world fame long ago as an imperial residence. The permanent collection attained significant status with the coin collection with its “Trier Gold Hoard”, discovered in 1993, the largest preserved Roman gold hoard worldwide.
Recounting life from the time after the Romans are impressive burial goods from the Frankish period, imposing Romanesque and Gothic building sculptures along with the last preserved stained glass windows from Trier Cathedral. The tour ends with a look at the splendour of the last Trier Electors.
A free audio guide is included in the admission price, available in German, English, French and Dutch, with a version for children (German, English, French, Dutch). The captivatingly unique multi-media show “In the Realm of Shadows” is performed twice daily within the exhibits themselves.
Note: The "Trier Gold Hoard" coin collection is closed until further notice due to extensive maintenance work.
Our award-winning permanent exhibition
„red dot: best of the best“ – Award 2011
“red dot: best of the best” Award 2011
The permanent exhibition of the Trier Landesmuseum was awarded one of the most prestigious international prizes for design, the “red dot: best of the best”, in the autumn of 2011. The exhibition received the prize in the category “communication design” for an especially bold, innovative, modern design.