The Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) is an archaeological research institute that operates globally. Its research projects stretch from the earliest periods of human history to the Middle Ages. The variety of methods applied to better understand and explain human beings and their cultural legacies distinguish the RGZM as a research institute well-equipped for research in 21st century.
Restoration workshops and laboratories play an important role in the research work undertaken at RGZM. Archaeological finds from around the world have been restored, preserved and reproduced here since 1852. "Ötzi", the Iceman of South Tyrol, is one of the most famous finds to be processed at the museum. The RGZM is one of the most important training facilities for archaeological conservators in Europe. This dual course of study has been offered since 2007 in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
The publishing arm of the RGZM routinely publishes some of the most important German-language publications on archaeological research. As a research museum of the Leibniz Association, the RGZM makes its research results available not only to the scientific community, but also to the general public through permanent and special exhibitions, events and popular scientific publications. The RGZM's library comprises around 120,000 volumes, including 1,100 periodicals that are permanently available, and is one of the largest archaeological libraries in Germany.