As one of Germany’s leading museums of art, the Städel Museum is an essential destination for any art lover. More than 700 years of European history are represented in collections comprising 2700 paintings, 600 sculptures, and 100,000 drawings and printed graphics by artists such as Dürer, Holbein, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition space has recently been extended by 3000sqm.
Located on the Römerberg in Frankfurt city centre, the Schirn Kunsthalle stages outstanding temporary exhibitions. More than 200 exhibitions have been held at the Schirn since 1986, ranging from Viennese Art Nouveau and Expressionism to Dadaism and Surrealism.
Tel.: 069- 299 882 0
Museum für moderne Kunst
Often called the ‘piece of cake’ owing to its triangular shape, this is Frankfurt’s most modern museum. The galleries play host to changing exhibitions showcasing all aspects of modern art since 1945. The Museum of Modern Art also has an excellent permanent collection, which includes works by Lichtenstein, Warhol and Beuys.
Tel.: 069- 212 304 47
The museum is located in Frankfurt’s Westend district and is one of Germany’s largest museums of natural history. It houses permanent exhibitions on the development of the planet over millions of years as well as on the diversity of life today. Senckenberg is also a research institute, whose discoveries in biology, palaeontology and geology are on display in the museum. There is an exciting dinosaur exhibition for children.
Tel.: 069 - 754 20
You should not leave Frankfurt without paying a visit to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthplace. The Goethehaus offers a fascinating glimpse of life and lifestyle in the 18th century, and holds an extensive collection of objects connected with Goethe.
Großer Hirschgraben 23-25
Tel.: 069 - 138 800
Founded in the early 19th century, the museum holds collections by expressionist painter Alexej von Jawlensky and of classical modernist art, as well as international art from the 1960s onwards. The society of ‘Freunde der Kunst’ complements the museum’s work and puts on a wide range of events.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
The MHK is heir to a 600-year tradition of collecting, preserving and designing. This encompasses many artistic treasures. Particular emphasis is placed on unmodified preservation in original locations. For instance, significant collections of Dutch and Flemish masters can be admired in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe. Don’t miss the historic castle and gardens (Schloss and Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Karlsaue and Orangery, Schloss and Park Wilhelmsthal), which have been maintained by the MHK since 2006.
As the largest universal museum in Germany, Hessen’s state museum in Darmstadt has artistic and historical collections ranging from prehistoric times to the present day. The exhibitions on medieval altars and prehistoric artefacts and sculptures are considered a particular highlight. Another exhibition is dedicated to the spectacular fossils recovered from the Messel Pit world heritage site. Following comprehensive restoration work, the museum is scheduled to reopen in 2013.
Tel.: 06151-16 57 03
Begun in 764 and dissolved in the second half of the 16th century, the former Benedictine monastery has more recently been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. A lapidarium has been established in the abbey cellars for archaeological finds.The museum centre encompasses three museums – for history, tobacco and folk art.
Tel: 06251-103 82 11
This open-air museum gives visitors a unique perspective on life and work in Hessen in centuries past. Numerous timber-framed houses and other buildings from villages and towns across Hessen have been shipped to the Hessenpark at Neu-Anspach and painstakingly rebuilt. Many walking trails lead to the park through the Taunus hills. The park is open daily from March to October.
Tel: 06081-58 80
Located in Kassel, the Fridericianum was the first public museum building on the European continent. It was built in the classical style in 1769-79, to house the art collection and library of Landgrave Frederick II. Following destruction in the Second World War and provisional rebuilding, the first ‘documenta’ was presented here in 1955. Today, the completely restored Fridericianum is an art hall with changing exhibitions of contemporary art, and a ‘documenta’ venue.
Tel: 05 61/7 07 27 20
This unique interactive museum uses 150 exhibits to encourage hands-on exploration of mathematical problems. Visitors young and old can try their hand at, and find the fun in maths. When the Mathematikum opened in 2002, it was an immediate hit with the public, and now attracts about 150,000 visitors per year. The interactive exhibits, which explain complex phenomena in clear and engaging ways, are usually developed by maths students and educationalists.
Keltenwelt am Glauberg
The discovery of a stone statue representing a Celtic lord put the Glauberg firmly on the map as one of Germany’s most important archaeological sites. A modern museum with a steel facade was opened here in 2011, its panoramic window overlooking the burial mound under which the famous statue lay.
Am Glauberg 1
Tel: 06041 - 8 23 30 24