Collecting and Preserving

The presentation of exhibits in exhibitions is what most visitors primarily associate with a museum - yet museums also fulfill other tasks that normally take place more off the radar: Collecting, preserving and researching.
The heart of every museum is its storeroom. This is where the cultural legacies of man, which are mainly unearthed during excavations, are stored for later generations. With over 2.5 million artefacts, the Archaeological Museum Hamburg has one of the largest archaeological collections in northern Germany, but only a small selection of these can be shown in the exhibition.
A look behind the scenes in the museum's storeroom gives an impression of how the archaeological objects are preserved, documented, and kept ready for further research.