Crossroads - Travelling through Middle Ages
After Amsterdam, Bonn and Athens, the Art & History Museum Brussels will show this wide variety of unique and exceptional objects presenting different materials and techniques from all over Europe from the period popularly known as ‘The Dark Ages’.
People migrating over long distances, new political structures, climate change, religious conflicts, shifting markets, ... The turbulent times of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (c. 300-1000) show more similarities with our modern world than we might think. In Western Europe, this period is often referred to as the 'Dark Ages'. Numerous historical sources and artefacts prove however that there were many exchanges and contacts during this period: travel, trade, diplomacy and armed conflict... Diverse artefacts, going from Merovingian jewellery to parchment manuscripts with Runes and from golden coins from Byzantine Emperors to Coptic textiles with stunning colours and motifs, reveal this cultural exchange.
Crossroads uses several themes (connectivity, diversity, heritage of Rome, knowledge, identity, warfare, faith) to bring together top exhibits from leading collections of artefacts from the Early Middle Ages from Belgium and beyond, including the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Hungary,…
The museum will offer guided tours and a range of activities that go with the theme : the making of a Viking Boat for children, an ‘ArcheoHotspot’,... Schools are of our special interest during the entire exhibition. We produce a customized programme that will attract teachers and students from second grade. A special route for families through the exhibition will furthermore encourage dialogue between children and their accompanying adults (parents, grandparents, friends).
Enter a Merovingian home, set sail on a viking boat, greet the mummy Euphemia, travel, migrate, encounter... Discover the Middle Ages at the Crossroads exhibition!