A must for art lovers, the Städel is one of the leading art museums in Germany and one of the most frequented in Frankfurt. More than 700 years of European history are represented in a collection of 2,700 paintings, 600 sculptures and 100,000 prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Holbein, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso. Look for Tischbein's famous painting of Goethe on vacation in Tuscany (strangely with two left feet). The recent extension added 3,000 square metres of additional exhibition space. The Städel is open Tuesday, Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt
Museum of Modern Art
Often referred to as the "slice of cake" for its triangular shape in three stories, Frankfurt's most modern museum is perhaps also its boldest. The MMK (Museum für Moderne Kunst) was designed by Viennese architect Hans Hollein and is home to changing exhibitions that show all aspects of modern art after 1945. The MMK also has an excellent permanent collection that includes works from Lichtenstein, Warhol and Beuys. The MMK recently expanded its exhibition space by 2,000 square meters in the new TaunusTurm high-rise office building in the banking district. In partnership with real estate developer Tischman Speyer and others, MMK gained new exhibition space for its collection of more than 5,000 pieces. A third annex has also been created in the former city Customs Office (Zollamt). Closed on Monday; admission is free on the last Saturday of each month.
Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt
Tel: 069-212 304 47
Hessen State Museum Darmstadt
As one of Germany's largest universal museums, the Hessen State Museum in Darmstadt reopened in 2014 after a seven year renovation ... and it was worth the wait. The Museum is home to a permanent collection of art and history that spans pre-historic times to the present. Paintings includes works from Brueghel and Rubens, as well as a comprehensive collection of prints and drawings from Dürer, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Another exhibition is devoted to the spectacular fossil finds collected at the nearby Messel Pits.
Friedensplatz 1, 64283 Darmstadt
Tel: 06151-16 57 03
Located in Frankfurt / Westend, the Senckenberg Museum is Germany's largest museum of natural history. The museum has permanent exhibitions of the evolution of our planet over millions of years as well as of today's biodiversity. Senckenberg is also a research institute and its new discoveries in biology, paleontology and geology are presented at the museum, while kids will love the dinosaur collection and the pig-swallowing snake. This museum also has a permanent exhibition of some of the fossil finds discovered at the Messel Pits in South Hessen. The museum is open daily.
Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt
Tel: 069-75 420
Located directly on the Römerberg in downtown Frankfurt, the Schirn Kunsthalle doesn't have a permanent collection but instead offers excellent temporary exhibitions. Since 1986 nearly 200 exhibitions have passed through its halls on everything from Vienna Art Nouveau and Expressionism to Dada and Surrealism. Particularly well-represented are exhibition documenting the history of photography and present-day art. Much of what is on display intends to be divisive and explosive, the idea being to encourage cultural discussion about important contemporary issues. Check their English-language website to see what is on show. Open Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 10 pm.
Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt
Tel: 069 - 299 882 0
Frankfurt's Jewish community once numbered 30,000 and included some of the city's most prominent citizens - indeed Frankfurt's mayor from 1924 to 1933 Ludwig Landmann was Jewish. Today, the history of the Jewish community in Frankfurt is well-documented in two museums. The Jewish Museum on the Untermainkai 14/15 is located in the former palace of the Rothschilds, the famous Frankfurt banking family. The permanent collection offers a comprehensive overview of Jewish life in Frankfurt - from the Middle Ages to the Holocaust as well as the postwar period. A second museum at Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10 is located on the actual historical site of the Jewish Quarter (Judengasse) and brings to life the once-thriving Jewish community - its customs, festivals and traditions. Closed on Monday; free admission on the last Saturday of each month.
Untermainkai 14/15, 60311 Frankfurt
Tel: 069-212 350 00
No visit to Frankfurt is complete without a stop at the birthplace of the city's first son – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Few of the furnishings in the house actually belonged to the great man himself – indeed, nearly all of the original furniture was sold by the Goethe family over the years, and the house itself was badly damaged in World War II. But the Goethe House does provide a fascinating window into the life and style of the 18th century upper class and is also home to an excellent collection of Goethe artifacts. Open daily.
Großer Hirschgraben 23-25, 60311 Frankfurt
Tel: 069-13 88 00
Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lorsch Monastery was first built in 764 and abandoned in the second half of the 16th century. The Benedictine cloister is an archaeological site where excavations are permanently undertaken and the museum center encompasses three museums for history, tobacco and folklore. The historical museum depicts the development of the monastery through the Carolingian era and exhibits numerous artefacts (mostly replicas) and books from the famous cloister library. A typical trademark of Benedictine monks, two gardens where medicinal herbs and other plants grow can be found around the monastery. Closed on Monday.
Nibelungenstraße 35, 64653 Lorsch
Tel: 06251-103 82 11
This reconstructed village gives visitors a unique insight into life and work in Hessen through the centuries. Numerous half-timbered homes and historical buildings from Hessen's villages and towns were moved to the Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach and carefully restored. The park also connects to hiking trails through the Taunus Mountains. Open daily from March to October.
Laubweg 5, 61267 Neu-Anspach/Taunus
Tel: 06081-58 80
German Film Museum
Since its renovation in 2011, the German Film Museum houses two permanent exhibitions and offers a variety of topical presentations. The heart of the museum is the film theatre which presents films from all eras and formats. The museum is also the home to numerous regional and international film festivals, and has an extensive library for research and study
Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt
Tel: 069 961 220 220
Frankfurt Historical Museum
The first phase of the restoration of the Frankfurt Historical Musuem was completed in May 2012, but work has only just begun to restore the entire complex of five buildings to its rightful place among the city's top museums. When completed in 2015, the museum will include a new exhibition space to house an extensive collection of historical artifacts from Frankfurt and the region. The renovated Saalhof, which dates back to 1200 A.D., currently houses a wide range of permanent and special exhibitions.
Am Fahrtor 2, 60311 Frankfurt Römerberg
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
The international photography scene has a new home in Frankfurt. Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, which has been active in Frankfurt for 30 years, is now located in a new space in an impressive historic building in the city center. With 300 square meters of exhibition space, FFF displays both emerging talents and rediscovered classic photographers. In addition, FFF offers a summer academy with workshops and lectures. It is also a meeting point for photographers with a library and reading room.
Braubachstrasse 30-32, 60311 Frankfurt
Tel: 069 - 29 17 26
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