Frankfurt may be the finance hub of Germany, but it also boasts a large culture and arts scene. With over 30 museums, it has one of the biggest selections of museums across Europe. Many of these museums are part of the Museumsufer, which is a landscape of museums located on both banks of the river Main.
Tip: If you are planning to fill a day with museum visits, it might be worth purchasing a MuseumsuferTicket, which gives entry to most museums over the course of two days.
There really is an impressive variety of museums in Frankfurt. Here are a few of the top ones to visit:
There is no better place to discover Frankfurt’s history than the Historische Museum.
This museum displays Frankfurt throughout the years linking local town issues with broader social history. Visitors are able to trace the history of Frankfurt with a mass of cultural and historical objects. Including a model that shows the city centre of Frankfurt, and how it was flattened in World War II.
One of Germany’s oldest museum foundations, offering art collections spanning across the last 700 years. A great classical museum with art from the year 1300 to 2000 including pieces from well known artists such as Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig, Francis Bacon, Claude Monet and Gerhard Richer.
Germany’s second largest natural history museum, housing Europe’s biggest collection of large dinosaurs. This notable venue, features an extensive collection of fossils, including one notable exhibit of a dinosaurs follow with preserved scaled skin.
Note: a large amount of the display information, is written in German only.
Situated along the Alte Brucke (Old Bridge) is a tall, narrow, red building, called Portikus. This is a free contemporary art space that supports young and emerging artists, as well as featuring various already established artists.
Frankfurt’s modern art museum offers a unique experience with its impressive building, interesting exhibitions and relaxed atmosphere. Open since 1991, this museum was one of Germany’s first contemporary art museums and is ideal for those who appreciate modern art.
Note: the exhibitions change regularly, so you may want to check online before you visit
This art museum is situated in Frankfurt’s ‘new, old town’ between the Römer and Dom. Exhibitions here are a range of contemporary perspectives to modern art. Original and entertaining, these exhibitions offer a thought provoking and unique experience. Private tours are available in English.
German Film Museum
Experience the world of film, digital technologies and video games in the German Film Museum. Celebrating the history and background of German cinema, with interactive displays, movie clips (both old and new), posters, and a green screen to see yourself on the big screen. A must visit for fans of film, and all labels are in both German and English.
Frankfurt’s museum for communication, offers fascinating insights into the history of communication and its evolution over the years. A great way to experience the way people used to communicate with various interactive exhibits.
Located underneath Hauptwache train station is a unique museum experience and a true change of perspective. The exhibition ‘dialogue in the dark’ offers the idea of real-life situations such as visiting a city, a bar or a park but without visual ability. Visitors will experience the life of someone who is visually impaired, focusing on sounds, scents and textures to experience the daily life situations.
Presenting 800 years of Jewish culture and history is the Jewish Museum. Representing Jewish life in medieval and early modern times and reminding visitors of the deportation of Jews in Frankfurt. This museum features both incredibly moving and educational exhibitions, and has two separate locations. The Jewish Museum is located on Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1, and the Museum Judgengasse has been built on the foundations of Europe’s first Jewish ghetto.
(Note: the Jewis Museum (Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1) is currently closed until April 2020 due to renovations).
Situated in a castle-style villa and surrounded by a beautiful garden, the Liebieghaus is a must see for anyone interested in sculptures. Enjoy a huge collection of high quality sculptures dating from Ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. This museum is a smaller one, but with three floors each holding their own little surprises.
A great visit for literature and history lovers! The Goethe house is the birthplace of famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and directly next to it, the Goethe Museum features artifacts from his lifetime. The museum offers a journey through his life, with an important focus on his skills as an artist, poet and collector. A great dive into the history of a famous Frankfurter.
This museum of applied art is located on the Museumsufer and is dedicated to design, fashion, graphics, lifestyle,architecture, arts and crafts and applied arts. Features range from ceramics to photography, furniture and fine arts. This museum is a great one for design and architecture lovers. With an emphasis on design, the changing exhibitions focus on current events and societal developments, as well as history.
Words Contributed by Kira Crabtree