Museums in Frankfurt
The museums of Frankfurt’s famous museum embankment regularly present spectacular exhibitions of international renown.
Frankfurt is home to Germany’s most celebrated museum landscape, offering its guests a colourful variety of cultural highlights throughout the year.
Goethe-Museum and Goethe-House
The Frankfurt Goethe House, birthplace of Germany´s most famous author and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was built in the typical 18th-century bourgeois style. It is decorated with period furniture and paintings, providing an authentic and striking impression of the environment in which Goethe spent his youth. The Goethe Museum, a gallery of paintings from the Goethe era, elucidates Goethe´s relationship to the art and artists of his epoch.
Großer Hirschgraben 23 - 25
Museum of Applied Arts
The collection of the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt includes European applied art from the 12th to the 21st centuries, design, book art and graphic art, Islamic art, as well as art and applied art from East Asia. Characteristics of the exhibitis are their unique aesthetics and craftsmanship that is simply masterful in its use of materials. Visitors never fail to be captivated by the daylight-flooded areas of the world-renowned Richard Meier building. Its inviting and communicate atmosphere offers ever-new viewpoints of the historical artefacts. This dialogue of design is used with remarkable effect for numerous special presentations reflecting tradition and avant-garde.
German Architecture Museum
This museum, which the renowned architect Oswald Mathias Ungers built into a pair of semi-detached houses, offers a fascinating look at the past and the present of local architectural achievement and urban development, vividly depicted in a colourful variety of exhibitions. An absolute must for all those interested in architecture and its history.
Museum of Ancient Sculpture
The Liebieghaus disposes over one of Europe’s most impressive sculpture collections, presenting an impressive overview of some 4,400 years of statuary. Egyptian sarcophaguses, portraits of Roman emperors as well as Greek gods and athletes help to bring ancient mythology to life. This discovery tour also covers important works of art from medieval times to the classicistic era. Prominent sculptors such as Riemenschneider, Multscher and Gerhaerts are represented here, as are renowned artists like Giambologna, della Robbia, Houdon and Messerschmidt.
German Film Museum
To conserve our film heritage, to work with it and to present it to the public: these have been the objectives of the Deutsches Filmmuseum since its opening in 1984. The permanent exhibition documents the path to 19th century cinematography, and in its second section 20th century "Film production and cinema history". The museum attracts audiences through special exhibitions focusing on biographies and topical themes. A daily film schedule with themes and festivals, special events as well as the restaurant "DAS CAFÉ im Filmmuseum" contribute to make the museum a meeting-place at Frankfurt's museum embankment.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MMK) was opened in 1991 and is widely considered one of the most significant museums in Europe today. Designed by the renowned Viennese architect, Hans Hollein, the MKK is one of the world's most spectacular examples of postmodern museum architecture. The MMK collection includes superb examples of European and American art of the 1960s, starting with items of Pop Art (Andy Warhol and others) and Minimal Art (Carl André et al.), as well as the very latest positions of international contemporary art.
The cloisters of the Cathedral Museum are home to a collection of tremendously valuable and exquisite liturgal instruments and garments from the former cathedral chapter and the present-day St. Bartholomew parish. In 1992, excavations were carried out in Bartholomew Cathedral, revealing the tomb of a late-Merovingian maiden. A number of precious artefacts from this find are on display in a glass showcase. The "Haus am Dom" (opposite) displays a variety of magnificent ecclesiastical treasures.
The permanent exhibition of the Stoltze Museum, commemorating the popular Frankfurt dialect poet, satirist and journalist Friedrich Stoltze (1816 - 1891), was set up in a Renaissance-style stairway tower by the Frankfurter Sparkasse in 1978. Stoltze´s biography represents a vivid showpiece of Frankfurt and German history of the 19th century. The permanent exhibition is supplemented by special changing exhibitions on show in the museum´s boardroom.
Töngesgasse 34 - 36
House of Bible - World of Discovery
This exhibition endeavours to open the doors to the world of the Bible and enable the visitor to experience the contents of the "Book of Books". From life in a nomadic tent to the present-day multimedia world, the exhibition seeks to draw visitors into the fascinating world of biblical traditions and customs. The various exhibits - including a walk-through Bible, a life-size boat from the time of Jesus, and a nomadic tent - have been incorporated into this "please touch" exhibition, designed to touch all of the senses. Modern forms of presentation allow visitors to explore the Bible in depth.
Jewish Museum Frankfurt
The former Rothschild Palace presents a variety of historical themes including the origins of Jewish settlement in Germany, the end of Frankfurt ghetto, the history of Jews in Germany during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the resurrection of Jewish communities after the holocaust, and religious practice both in the synagogue and at home, in everyday life and during festive occasions.
Untermainkai 14 - 15
Museum of Communication
The award-winning architectural design of this museum offers enchanting interior views and conveys a high degree of transparency and openness. On a total of four storeys the history of communication is presented as history to amaze and experience, to touch and to grasp, to reflect upon and remember. The programme is completed by temporary exhibitions focusing on different aspects of the topic "communication" and various educational programmes.
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