Big family day with opening of new permanent exhibition 'Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age' at the Neues Museum
On 29 June 2014, the SMB's prehistoric collection, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, opened its new permanent exhibition, 'Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age', with a special family day. A newly devised tour will take visitors along a 'processional way' leading to the famous Bronze-Age gold hat, now more brilliantly illuminated than ever. Other special highlights are the new showcase displays; elaborate montages on the back walls of the cases provide dramatic settings for the exhibits. Also well worth seeing is the animated watercolour installation, 'The Time Machine', which shows how the foothills of the Alps changed over time under the influence of man, from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age. In the Stone-Age Room a new film uses timelines and propagation maps to explain the transition from non-permanent to permanent settlements and the development of arable farming and animal husbandry. Another new item on display is the reconstructed face of an 11-year-old Neanderthal boy, based on the Le Moustier skull.