The Ulm Museum Archeological Department covers a period from the time of Neanderthal man up to late medieval and early modern Ulm. Based on finds in and around Ulm, the permanent collection exhibition does not make any claims to show every period in this long historical timespan, but rather focuses on special regional elements.
The undisputed high point of our exhibition is the unique Lion Man - one of the oldest figurative carved sculptures from anywhere in the world. The mammoth ivory figure is at least 35,000 years old and currently presented in the special exhibition "The Return of the Lion Man" (up to June 9, 2014). In 2009, new excavations were undertaken in the Stadel cave in the Lonetal valley, where the figure was originally found, and hundred previously missing pieces of ivory were uncovered. They had been left in the cave at the time of the first excavations, which had been discontinued at the end of August 1939 due to the outbreak of World War Two. In the State Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments the figure was taken to pieces and new restored. In the special exhibition the "Lion Man" appears in a new condition.