Cultural History

The cultural history collection has its origins in the "Museum für Alterthümer der Umgebung", founded in 1845, the forerunner of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss. The holdings include Neuss soil finds from the Upper Paleolithic to the beginning of the 19th century as well as everyday objects from the 16th to the 20th century.

Pre-Roman Neuss

That the Neuss area has been populated since pre-Roman times is shown by archaeological finds from the city area, in cluding an approximately 30,000 year old knife dating from the last Ice Age.

Roman Neuss

Novaesium, as Neuss was known in antiquity, is the oldest Roman military site on the Lower Rhine.

Neuss in the middle ages

The medieval history of Neuss is preserved not only in documents and images but through archaeological remains, many of which have been studied by the Urban Archaeology Service of the city of Neuss.

The emergence of Modern Neuss

In the early modern period Neuss declined in importance. During the storming of the city by Spanish troops in the conflict known as the Cologne War a fire broke out and destroyed the medieval part of the town.


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