The origins of the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum

Das Foyer des Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museums in Hildesheim

The Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim is a house with a broad spectrum. It owns one of the most important ancient Egypt collections of the world, but also one of Europe’s most beautiful and oldest collections of ancient Peruvian artefacts as well as an important palaeontological collection. Hildesheim’s museum gained national importance through its special exhibitions.
Behind the
museum’s double name are the family names of the museum’s founders: Hermann Roemer and Wilhelm Pelizaeus. Hermann Roemer (1816-1894) and Wilhelm Pelizaeus (1851-1930), citizens of Hildesheim, donated their collections to the city of Hildesheim, thus establishing the basis of the museum.
Senator Hermann Roemer – jurist and geologist – initiated and financed collections and purchases.
In 1907, the businessman Wilhelm Pelizaeus gave a significant collection of Egyptian antiquities to his hometown that could move into a museum of its own in 1911 – the former Pelizaeus-Museum.
After a time of stagnation during the
1930s and the destruction of the buildings during World War II – the pieces were evacuated – the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum could be reopened in 1959.

The world in showcases

With the establishment of the museum in 1844 Senator Hermann Roemer pursued an almost modern thought: Everybody should be able to view the world in showcases and people should have the opportunity to begin a journey around the world right at their doorstep. Until today the Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum sees itself as a “Weltmuseum” which puts emphases on four collections: Natural history, ethnology, the history of Hildesheim and – through the outstanding donation by Wilhelm Pelizaeus – Ancient Egypt. You are invited to take your personal voyage around the world. We are looking forward to your visit in Hildesheim.