More than 2,000 years after the battle between Romans and Germanic tribes, Kalkriese is still a special place. Today, the site can look back on almost 30 years of scientific examinations of the Varus Battle, and year after year archaeological research provides new insights into this tragical event.
However, Kalkriese is not only a spectacular site, but also an archaeological monument, whose characteristics and scope pose hitherto unknown challenges to scientific research and historical heritage preservation. Therefore, many universities and research facilities from various disciplines are involved in the site’s examinations.
Yet research is not the sole focus here: It is a pivotal task of the museum to foster the broad public’s interest in the site and its history.
The museum, which is located on the historical site, sees itself as a vehicle for showcasing current research results. Exhibitions feature the latest research results, guided tours and lectures provide insight into ongoing research, and the museum’s events continue to explore and utilize new ways of making history accessible in words, images and sounds.
Since its opening in the year 2002, the museum has received numerous awards. In 2004, Museum und Park Kalkriese was the first archaeological museum that was honored with the Europa Nostra Award as a European heritage site.