The Städel Museum is one of the leading art galleries in Germany and an absolute must for art lovers. Over 700 years of European history are presented in a collection of 2,700 paintings, 600 sculptures and 100,000 drawings and prints created by artists like Dürer, Holbein, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. Its exhibition space was recently extended by 3,000 square metres.
Tel.: +49 (0) 69-605098-0
Schirn Kunsthalle, located right by the Römerberg in Frankfurt city centre, has outstanding temporary art exhibitions. Over 200 exhibitions have been housed there since 1986, from Viennese Art Nouveau and Expressionism to Dadaism and Surrealism.
Tel.: +49 (0) 69- 299 882 0
Museum of Modern Art
This museum is often called the “piece of cake” because of its triangular shape; it’s Frankfurt’s most modern museum. Here you can find temporary exhibitions that present all aspects of modern art since 1945. The MMK’s excellent collection includes the works of Lichtenstein, Warhol and Beuys.
Tel.: +49 (0) 69- 212 304 47
This is one of the largest natural history museums in Germany, located in Westend, Frankfurt. The museum displays permanent exhibitions on the development of our planet over millions of years and the evolution of modern species. Senckenberg is also a research institute, and its biological, palaeontological and geological discoveries are presented in the museum. There’s also a fantastic dinosaur exhibition for children.
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 - 754 20
Goethe House in Frankfurt
You can’t leave Frankfurt without paying a visit to the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Goethe House provides a fascinating insight into the life and style of the 18th century, and it houses an outstanding collection of Goethe artefacts.
Großer Hirschgraben 23-25
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 - 138 800
This museum was established in Wiesbaden in the early 19th century. Not only does it house a collection by the expressionist Alexey Jawlenski; it also has a classical modernist collection and international art from the 1960s onwards. The “Freunde der Kunst” association backs up the museum’s work and hosts a wide range of events.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
The MHK can look back on a 600-year tradition of collection, storage and creation, including many artistic treasures. Special attention is paid to continuous conservation in its historic location. A good example is the Wilhelmshöhe Palace, where you can admire important collections from Dutch and Flemish masters. Another thing not to be missed is the historic palace grounds and gardens that have also been maintained by the MHK since 2006 (Wilhelmshöhe Palace and hillside park, Karlsaue Park with its orangery, Wilhelmsthal Castle and park).
Hessen State Museum
The Hessen State Museum in Darmstadt is the biggest universal museum in Germany with a collection of art and history ranging from prehistoric times until the present day. One particular attraction is the exhibition of medieval altars, prehistoric artefacts and sculptures. Another exhibition is dedicated to the most spectacular fossil discoveries from the Messel Pit world heritage site. The museum was reopened in 2013 following extensive renovation work.
Tel.: +49 (0) 6151-16 57 03
This Benedictine abbey was built in the year 764 and has since been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site; the abbey was abolished in the second half of the 16th century. A collection of archaeological discoveries has been set up in the abbey’s cellar. Its museum centre has three museums dedicated to history, tobacco and folk art.
Tel.: +49 (0) 6251-103 82 11
This open-air museum offers visitors a unique insight into what it was like to live and work in Hessen in centuries gone by. Numerous timber-framed houses and historical buildings from Hessen’s villages, towns and cities have been transported to the Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach and carefully set up there. Lots of hiking trails lead through the mountain landscape of the Taunus to the park. The park is open daily from March to October.
Tel.: +49 (0) 6081-58 80
Fridericianum Art Gallery
The Fridericianum was the first ever public museum built on the European continent; the classical building was constructed between 1769 and 1779 in Kassel under Landgrave Friedrich II to house the city’s art collections and library. After the building was destroyed in the Second World War and then provisionally renovated, the first documenta exhibition was held there in 1955. The fully redeveloped Fridericianum is now an art gallery with temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, and it’s also the venue for the documenta exhibition.
Tel.: +49 (0) 5 61/7 07 27 20
This interactive museum is one of its kind, inviting visitors into a world of fun and mathematical discovery with around 150 exhibits. Big and little visitors are allowed to experiment and have fun with maths. The Mathematikum became an instant hit when it was opened in 2002 and now attracts around 150,000 visitors every year. Most of the interactive exhibits have been developed by maths students and teachers to let you understand complex phenomena in an interesting and descriptive way.
Liebigstraße 8 Gießen
Tel.: +49 (0) 641-9697970
The World of the Celts at the Glauberg
The Glauberg has been one of Germany’s outstanding locations for archaeological findings ever since the famous stone figure of a Celtic chieftain was discovered there. 2011 saw the construction of a modern, steel-plated museum building; its panoramic windows look out over the burial mound where the famous statue lay buried.
Am Glauberg 1
Tel.: +49 (0) 6041 - 8 23 30 24