The Celtic world on the Glauberg closes its doors, at least temporarily.

The Celtic World team needs the next few months to have enough time for extensive renovation work.

Because the first Hessian archeology year begins on March 10th next year.

Under the title “Celtic Land of Hesse”, the archeology year is dedicated to the prehistoric culture, which still poses a number of puzzles.

And of course the Keltenwelt am Glauberg, which has gained a reputation beyond Germany with its exhibits and the affiliated research center, is involved with a large special exhibition.

Therefore, the employees of the museum have to lend a hand to make space for numerous Celtic finds from all over Hesse, which are to be presented in the museum.

Wolfram Ahlers

Correspondent for the Rhein-Main-Zeitung for Central Hesse and the Wetterau.

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In this context we are talking about more than 500 exhibits, not a few of which are being shown to the public for the first time. As Vera Rupp, director of the Celtic World, points out, the life-size, almost intact statue of the Celtic prince and the spectacular grave goods, the discovery of which caused an international sensation in the nineties, will also play a central role in the new exhibition. One focus of the exhibition for the Archeology Year is the changing world of the Celts more than two millennia ago, i.e. how the then new material iron and trade connections as far as the Mediterranean region influenced the culture and society of the Celts in this country. The elaborately designed statue of the Celtic prince is an outstanding example,how a wealthy elite emerged at that time.

Over 500,000 visitors so far

The last week of October offers another opportunity to visit the permanent exhibition on the Celtic prince, before it will no longer be on display for more than a year.

The special exhibition on the subject of 3D and digitization in archeology can also only be seen until the end of the month.

The museum bistro will remain open during the renovation, but with shorter times.

For the museum team and certainly also for many visitors, it is not easy to “do without” the Celtic prince until spring, says Rupp. But then you can look at the Celts from a new perspective. If that takes too long, you can still visit the archaeological park on the Glauberg plateau. There is a signposted tour for a journey through time with numerous relics from the settlement history of this region from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. You can still visit the area in front of the museum with the reconstructed burial mounds and the post construction, which has not yet been definitively clarified in terms of its significance, and which has recently been restored.

The Celtic World on Glauberg was opened ten years ago.

First of all, the originals of the spectacular finds from Glauberg were to be shown in the State Museum in Darmstadt.

Not least because of the diverse commitments from the region, the state government decided to present the exhibits at the location of their discovery.

Since 2011, 500,000 visitors have viewed the exhibition rooms.