The First Gold - Ada Tepe: Europe's Oldest Gold Mine

In March the Kunsthistorisches Museum opens an exhibition that showcases Europe’s oldest gold mine and largest Bronze-Age hoard, which was discovered there.

The unassuming name Ada Tepe stands for an archaeological sensation. Europe’s oldest prehistoric gold mine was located in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains. From as early as 1500 B.C. until the end of the Bronze Age around 1000 B.C. the precious metal was mined here. In 2016 scholars from the Austrian and the Bulgarian Academies of Sciences began to study the finds. Now selected artefacts are on show for the first time in the exhibition “The First Gold”. A virtual reconstruction and finds from the mine document the lives of the people who toiled there. The Valchitran Treasure, which comprises gold objects weighing around 12,5 kilograms, forms the centre of the show. It symbolizes the wealth and the technical skills of the age. Masterpieces produced in the late Classical/Hellenistic period and during the Roman Empire document the importance of Bulgarian gold, which can look back on 3500 years of history.

The exhibition is organised by the Kunsthistorisches Museum in collaboration with the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Academy of Sciences, Sofia (NAIM) and the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Venue

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz
1010 Wien

Tickets & Info

Current Dates

  • Tue. 25 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 28 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 01 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 02 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 03 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

May

  • Fri. 05 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 06 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 09 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 10 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 11 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 12 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 13 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 14 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 16 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 17 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 18 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 19 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 20 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 21 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 23 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 26 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 27 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 28 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 30 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 31 May 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

June

  • Thu. 01 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 03 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 05 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 10 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 12 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 17 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 19 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 24 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.