Museums in Frankfurt

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Within the state of Hesse on the River Main is Frankfurt, a dazzling metropolitan center and pivotal player in the games of finance and trade. But there is culture to be found and Frankfurt Museums tell fascinating truths (all while clustered in their very own district, making access a simple thing).

Deutsches Filminstitut

This tribute to German cinema is not the common expectation. It doesn’t offer the usual artifacts or exhibits. Since its conception in 1944, it has instead been treating travelers to archives of film and cinematography (often considered the most comprehensive collection of its kind). Tour the history of entertainment. Though the museum is closed every Monday, it is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Museum Giersch

Let this rarity among Frankfurt museums impress. With a collection of regional artwork (such as paintings, sculptures and more), this structure houses the true heritage of the city. With pieces continually being offered from private collectors and universities, it represents an unparalleled look at the past and its influences. On Tuesday through Friday, the doors are opened from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., while Saturday through Sunday changes the hours to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. All tours must be reserved.

Jüdisches Museum

Few experiences will resonate as the ones gained within the corridors of the Jewish Museum. Chronicling over 800 years of history, this complex explains the religious and social changes faced within the past centuries; with its sad focus being on the Holocaust. It is to be observed by all. While Mondays see the building closed, the rest of the week allows for many chances to tour. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests will be able to arrive and no reservations are necessary.

There are dozens more Frankfurt museums to find; each within the city settled on the banks of the river and cloistered for convenience. Discover their many secrets.


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German Architecture Museum

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No permanent collection, just temporary exhibitions, so they quality of the shows they have vary a lot. It can be very disappointing. Admission 8 DM. Student reduction.

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address:Schaumainkai 41
tel:+49 (0)69 21 23 88

Museum Judengasse/Boerneplatz

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This small museum is an annexe of the Jewish Museum of the City of Frankfurt am Main. Here you wil find architectural remains of the old Jewish quarter, the attached exhibition illustrates the street's history.

Admission: 3 DM; children/students, 1.50 DM.

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address:10 Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse
tel: +49 (0)69 29 77 41
openings:Tue, Thu & Sun 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm

Museum of Modern Art

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Founded in 1981, the latest addition to Frankfurt's museum world was baptized the "Tortenstück" (slice of cake) by locals, due to its triangular shape. The museum, designed by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein, exhibits modern art paintings, sculptures and environments by famous American and European artists such as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, Walter De Maria, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Blinky Palermo, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Franz Erhard Walther.

Admission: 10 DM; children/students, 5 DM

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address:10 Domstrasse
url:www.frankfurt-business.de
openings:Tue, Thu - Sun 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8 pm
tel:+49 (0)69 21 23 04

Staedel Art Museum

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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
photo by: Richard Osinga

With a world-class collection of paintings, ranging from Boticelli to Vemeer, this is must see. They have a particular good Holbein collection too. No wonder, Hans Holbein is native of Frankfurt. Entrance fee: 8 DM, Wednesday night free.

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address:Schaumainkai 63
url:www.staedel.de
openings:Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 5, Wednesday to 8pm
tel:+49 (0)69 68 20 98

Jewish Museum

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Frankfurt had one of the largest Jewish communities in Western Europe before WW II. There is a museum, a Jewish alley and a monument. The museum is located in the former palace of the Rothschildt family and gives an impressive oversight. The annex is the Judengasse, or Jewish street, where one can see the remains of the Jewish ghetto destroyed by the Nazi's. Nearby is the memorial that commemorates the Jews murdered by the Nazi regime.

Telefax: 069-212-30705 eMail: info@juedischesmuseum.de

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address:Untermainkai 14
tel:+49 (0)69 212 350 00

Historical Museum

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The Museum gives an interesting view into life in Frankfurt in the Middle Ages. The scale model of the city centre as it used to be attracts both locals and visitors.

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address:Saalgasse 19
tel:+49 (0)69 21 23 59
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Icon Museum

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Good collection of mostly Russion icons (religious paintings). Admission fee 2 DM.

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address:Brueckenstrasse 3-7
tel:+49 (0)69 21 23 62
openings:closed on Mondays

Goethe House

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The Goethe House is in honour of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Most of the furniture is not original but just reproduction. It was reconstructed after World War II true to the style of Goethe’s time.

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address:Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25
tel:+49 (0)69 13 88 00
openings:Mon to Sat 9am to 6pm

Postal Museum

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Admission is free to this museum which is mostly of interest to the filatelist. They have the collection of the former Reichspostmuseum in Berlin.

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address:Schaumainkai 53
url:www.museumsstiftung.de
tel:+49 (0)69 60600

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