Culture

Discovering Luxembourg in the Middle Ages

The National Museum of History and Art is opening a new permanent exhibition on 'Urban Archaeology'.

28-mnhaUsing more than 250 items found in Luxembourg City, the new exhibition at the National Museum of History and Art (musée national d'Histoire et d'Art, MNHA) traces the city's urban development, from the Middle Ages to modern times (end of the 15th century). The opening of this new section of the museum, the fruit of thirty years of urban archaeology and a hundred or so archaeological digs, marks the end of the MNHA's architectural refurbishment.

An imaginary walk through the city

The exhibition relates everyday life in the distant past in a city of barely more than 500 households in the year 1200. The history of the medieval city unfolds as a journey that starts next to the city walls, continues through the central buildings - including the castle, the palaces and the city's religious buildings - and ends in rooms 3 and 4, which are entirely given over to the architectural features of houses, craft work, and everyday life in the past.

Each item on display is described specifically, and its place of discovery is indicated on a map of the medieval city. A number of interactive terminals add to the visit by providing further information on the digs and the items discovered as a result.

Archaeology at the MNHA

Apart from this new exhibition, the National Museum of History and Art has an important archaeological collection that presents discoveries made during various archaeological digs carried out by the Museum itself and, since 2011, by the national centre for archaeological research. The collections are devoted to prehistory, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Gallo-Roman period, and the Middle Ages.

(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)
  • Updated 30-06-2017