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Important regional and municipal historical finds from many excavations such as, for example, the large excavation in the Roman town of NIDA-Heddernheim, from Frankfurt’s old city and from the former Jewish ghetto around Börneplatz. Also extensive Mediterranean classical antiquity collections and archaeological finds from the Far East.
›› Altstadt, Karmelitergasse 1, Tel. 2 12-3 58 96, www.archaeologisches-museum.frankfurt.de
Bibelhaus am Museumsufer
Interactive museum in a converted church, which will be made even more exciting from spring 2011 after major remodelling. Themed around the Bible, including exciting exhibits such as a nomad’s tent or a ship in original size from the time of Jesus.
›› Sachsenhausen, Metzler Str. 9, Tel. 66 42 65 25, www.frankfurterbibelgesellschaft.de
Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
The first and second floors house a permanent exhibition covering photographic and narrative highlights from films. The third floor is for special exhibitions and you can also get a spectacular view of Frankfurt’s skyline on this floor. The museum also has a cinema that with a sophisticated program including retrospective works, premiers, movie series and festivals.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 41 (Museumsufer), Tel. 9 61 22 02 20, www.dff.film
The treasury of the Imperial Cathedral of St. Bartholomew consists of liturgical objects and robes from the Roman-Catholic church, also valuable finds from a Merovingian girl’s grave from the 7th century.
›› Altstadt, Domplatz 14, Tel. 13 37 61-86, www.dommuseum-frankfurt.de
Historisches Museum & Kindermuseum
The Historical Museum is currently being transformed in the Frankfurt City Museum and during 2011 will offer only a limited program of exhibitions. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. The adjacent children’s museum continues its varied exhibitions for the whole family.
›› Altstadt, Saalgasse 19, Tel. 21 23 55 99
›› Kindermuseum: Innenstadt, An der Hauptwache 15, Tel. 21 23 51 54
Institut für Stadtgeschichte
The municipal archives collect everything that can possibly be collected about the history of Frankfurt from written and photographic sources. The contents date from the 9th century to today. A new attraction is the estate of the famous Frankfurt jazz musician Albert Mangelsdorff.
›› Altstadt, Karmeliterkloster, Münzgasse 9, Tel. 2 12-3 01 42, www.stadtgeschichte-ffm.de
This museum opened in 1988 and is dedicated to the historical development as well as the social and religious life of Jewish communities in Frankfurt from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The museum also has a branch on the Judengasse at Börneplatz in the historical center of Jewish life in Frankfurt. Regular varying exhibits.
›› Jüdisches Museum: Innenstadt, Untermainkai 14-15, Tel. 2 97 74 19
›› Museum Judengasse: Innenstadt, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10, Tel. 2 97 74 19, www.juedischesmuseum.de
Museum für Kommunikation
Besides unique original items such as the first German mail bus, this prize-winning museum showcases the world of communication via many interactive exhibits.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 53, Tel. 6 06 00, www.museumsstiftung.de
Art & culture
If you want to exercise both your eye and laughing muscles, this Museum for Comic Art (Museum für Komische Kunst) is definitely worth a visit. You can marvel at a permanent display including original caricatures by artists of the New Frankfurt School including F.W. Bernstein, Robert Gernhardt and Chlodwig Poth. There are also changing exhibitions by well known exponents of the caricature art form.
›› Altstadt, Weckmarkt 17, Tel. 21 23 01 61, www.caricatura-museum.de
Fotografie Forum international
The Fotografie Forum (photography forum) will move into new premises at Braubachstraße in autumn 2011. There, the forum will offer its usual top-class mix of exhibits that highlight special and historical photographic themes as well as the work of contemporary masters of the camera.
›› Innenstadt, Brauchbach Str. 30-32, Tel. 29 17 26, www.ffi-frankfurt.de
Besides permanent exhibitions from Liam Gillick and Blinky Palermo, the changing exhibits of contemporary modern art are of most interest. Guided tours, readings and discussion groups also make contemporary art accessible.
›› Altstadt, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44, Tel. 21 93 14-0, www.fkv.de
Goethe Haus & Museum
Goethe’s parents’ house, the museum and the associated buildings are dedicated to Goethe and the period in which he lived. The house offers visitors a flavor of middle-class life during Goethe’s lifetime by recreating the period look from the 18th century. The museum, oriented towards Goethe’s lifelong intensive dedication to the fine arts, portrays works from the late Baroque period through to the Romantics.
›› Innenstadt, Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, Tel. 13 88 00, www.goethehaus-frankfurt.de
Architecturally interesting interior rooms present over 1,000 icons (images consecrated by the church) in changing exhibits, as well as blessing crosses, breast crosses, church objects and coptic textiles.
›› Sachsenhausen, Brücken Str. 3-7, Tel. 21 23 62 62, www.ikonenmuseumfrankfurt.de
This museum has offered enjoyment of art for 100 years. World famous sculptures from Greek, Egyptian and Roman antiquity, as well as art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, are all showcased in the idyllic villa, park and the newly remodeled galleries.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 71, Tel. 65 00 49-0, www.liebieghaus.de
Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Within the exceptional architecture of the museum, various changing exhibits present 6,000 years of culture and European artistic handiwork from the 12th to the 21st centuries, as well as contemporary design, book art and graphics, Islamic art, and art and artistic handiwork of the Far East.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 17, Tel. 21 23 40 37, www.museumfuer-angewandtekunst.frankfurt.de
Museum für Moderne Kunst
This museum, also called the “slice of pie” because of its triangular shape, presents internationally recognized contemporary art in changing exhibits, which, due to the particularity of the exhibition rooms, is in constant artistic dialogue with the architecture of the building itself.
›› Altstadt, Dom Str. 10, Tel. 21 23 04 47, www.mmk-frankfurt.de
Museum für Weltkulturen
These three neighboring villas on the “museum shore” have become a landmark of this cultural strip particularly due to their orange lighting at night. The museum highlights ethnic origin, gender and age in global cultures via changing exhibits. Next door, the Galerie 37 presents interesting works of Indian, African, Oceanic and Indonesian origin.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 29-37, Tel. 21 23 59 13, www.mdw-frankfurt.de
The exhibition hall highlights internationally important young artists as well as works by established artists.
›› Sachsenhausen, Alte Brücke 2, Tel. 96 24 45 40, www.portikus.de
One of Germany’s most famous exhibition halls. Over 180 exhibitions have been presented since 1986, including large overview exhibitions of Viennese art nouveau, expressionism, dadaism and surrealism, on the history of photography or topical works in sound art. Also large individual exhibits by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky or Yves Klein and special events such as the Schirn at Night series.
›› Altstadt, Römerberg 6, Tel. 2 99 88 20, www.schirn-kunsthalle.de
Artwork from the 14th century to today. Exceptional paintings are complemented by selected sculptures. The graphical collection presents its world-class holdings in changing exhibits. Moreover, the museum is characterized by internationally acclaimed special exhibits. The museum will become even more impressive from autumn 2011 with the opening of a new 3,000 sq m annex devoted to art after 1945.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 63, Tel. 6 05 09 80, www.staedelmuseum.de
Nature & technology
Deutsches Architektur Museum
The changing exhibits are dedicated to German and international contemporary architecture. The permanent exhibit presents an overview from the first hut all the way to the skyscraper. The DAM library, with its 25,000 books and periodicals, is a treasure for every architecture student.
›› Sachsenhausen, Schaumainkai 43, Tel. 21 23 88 44, www.dam-online.de
Senckenberg – Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum
Important natural history museum with a comprehensive overview of the history of the Earth, evolution as well as the modern day variety of life forms.
›› Westend-Süd, Senckenberganlage 25, Tel. 75 42-0, www.senckenberg.de
Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank
This museum is of course a must for Frankfurt. The history of money is portrayed here in combination with currency and monetary policy. The collection is completed by lectures on current economic issues as well as the presentation of techniques of currency production, transformation and security.
›› Bockenheim, Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14, Tel. 95 66 30 73, www.geldmuseum.de
The works of the multitalented and humorous Dr. Hoffmann, who became world-famous with the classic kids’ picture book Der Struwwelpeter (Shaggy Peter), are presented in a manner that is particularly interesting for children, with many games.
›› Westend-Süd, Schubert Str. 20, Tel. 74 79 69, www.struwwelpeter-museum.de
Museums in the Rhein-Main region
Frauen Museum Wiesbaden
Exhibitions and event series about women in society and history, themes such as “motherliness and eroticism” or “women in football.”
›› 65185 Wiesbaden, Wörth Str. 5, Tel. 06 11/3 08 17 63, www.frauenmuseum-wiesbaden.de
This world famous museum is dedicated to the inventor of the printing press, who was born in Mainz. Among the treasures of the art of writing and printing is the famous Gutenberg Bible.
›› 55116 Mainz, Liebfrauenplatz 5, Tel. 0 61 31/12 26 40/44, www.gutenberg-museum.de
The successful history of the Kupferberg Gold brand of sparkling wine began in 1850. Besides the world’s largest collection of sparkling wine and champagne glasses, one can visit the historical cave installations, including of course a taste of sparkling wine and champagne.
›› 55116 Mainz, Kupferbergterrasse 17-19, Tel. 0 61 31/92 30, www.kupferbergterrasse.de
Important art and cultural collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain plus special exhibits.
›› 55116 Mainz, Große Bleiche 49-51, Tel. 0 61 31/2 85 72 88, www.landesmuseum-mainz.de
Three museums under one roof; the German shoe museum with art gallery, the museum of applied arts with artistic handiwork, design and emphasis on leather as well as the ethnological museum with Africa, America and Asia sections.
›› 63067 Offenbach, Frankfurter Str. 86, Tel. 0 69/8 29 79 80, www.ledermuseum.de
Over 160 years of historical traces left by the Mainz carnival. One can see clown masks, costumes of the Mainz carnival princes, flamboyant uniforms or song books from the 19th century.
›› 55116 Mainz, Neue Universitäts Str. 2, Tel. 0 61 31/1 44 40 71, www.mainzer-fastnachtsmuseum.de
A trip into the dark ages with over 144 torture devices spread over 1,000 sq m, for example disgrace masks or an interrogation chair.
›› 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Ober Str. 49-51, www.foltermuseum.com
This museum houses three disciplines: art and natural history collections, as well as a compilation of antiquities from Nassau.
›› 65185 Wiesbaden, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, Tel. 06 11/3 35 22 50, www.museum-wiesbaden.de
Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz
Largest natural history museum in Rheinland-Palatinate with rocks and minerals and fossilized animals and plants from the region.
›› 55116 Mainz, Mitternacht/Reichklara Str. 10, Tel. 0 61 31/12 26 46, www.mainz.de
Rheingauer Weinmuseum Brömserburg
Approximately 2,000 exhibits about wine within the historical walls of the Broemserburg.
›› 65385 Rüdesheim, Rhein Str. 2, Tel. 0 67 22/23 48, www.rheingauer-weinmuseum.de
The world’s only rebuilt Roman fortress and archaeological museum. UNESCO world heritage site.
›› 61350 Bad Homburg, Saalburg 1, Tel. 0 61 75/9 37 40, www.saalburgmuseum.de
Permanent exhibit on the early history of Europe, Roman times and the early Middle Ages in the Mainz baron’s castle.
›› 55116 Mainz, Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, Tel. 0 61 31/9 12 40, www.rgzm.de
Wella, the famous manufacturer of hair-care products in Darmstadt, presents the history of beauty care from Egypt to today, in its own museum.
›› 64274 Darmstadt, Berliner Allee 65, Tel. 0 61 51/34 21 90, www.wellamuseum.com