Museums in Bonn

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Bonn boasts a large number of museums covering a divers range of subjects from history and archaeology to arts and sciences to politics.

The long history and prehistory of Bonn and the Rhineland, beginning with the original Neanderthal man, is documented in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum.

The constitutional convention for the future Federal Republic of Germany met in the zoological Museum Alexander König with the stuffed animals staring down on the assembled politicians in 1948. A museum building boom in the 1980's added three big institutions in the former Regierungsviertel (government district) along the main road from the city centre to Bad Godesberg; these are somewhat arbitrarily grouped together with the historic Museum König in the Museumsmeile (museums' mile).

Many famous people lived at least for a period in Bonn. The homes of some of them (Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Ernst Moritz Arndt, August Macke, and, in Rhöndorf just south of Bonn, Konrad Adenauer) can be visited.

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Haus der Geschichte

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The "House of History" offers its visitors a wide and very varied view on the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Thousands of objects show how political and daily life looked like between 1945 and today. The more than friendly visitor service provides all information about the museum's offers (phone +49-228/9165-400 mon - fri 9.00 - 16.00).

Address: Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Willy-Brandt-Allee 14.

53113 Bonn

Telephone: +49-228-91650

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9am till 7pm.

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Beethoven-Haus

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Birthplace of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Bonngasse 20.

Opening hours: Sundays 11-4, Monday-Saturday 10-5 (April to September 10-6).

Telephone: +49-228-9817525

Kammermusiksaal (chamber concert hall)

ticket reservation: +49-228-9817523

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Kunstmuseum Bonn

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The municipal art museum has among others a good collection of August Macke and the Rhenish Expressionists.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-6 (Wednesdays until 9 pm).

Admission: DM 5 (DM 3 concessions).

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Telephone: +49-228-776221 and 776227

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Stadtmuseum

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Local history and memorial to the victims of Nazi persecution.

Franziskanerstraße 9.

Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday 1-6, Sundays 11:30-5, Mondays 9:30-2.

Admission: DM 5 (DM 3 concessions).

Website (German only)

Telephone: +49-228-772877

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Museum Alexander König

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Zoological research institution and natural history museum. Dubbed the "birth place of the Federal Republic of Germany" because the constitutional convention was opened here (for lack of a big assembly hall in the war-damaged city) on September 1st 1948.

Adenauerallee 160.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5, Saturdays 9-12:30, Sundays 9:30-5.

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Telephone: +49-228-91220

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August-Macke-Haus

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Home of the expressionist painter August Macke from 1911 to 1914.

Bornheimer Straße 96.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 2:30-6, Saturdays and Sundays 11-5.

guided tours Sundays 11:30.

Telephone: +49-228-655531

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Arithmeum

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Historical exhibits around computing from early arithmetic books to cogwheel calculating machines to logic chips and computer art. Entrance fees: DM 6 (DM 4 concessions) Public transport: underground station Universität/Markt

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email:arithmeum@or.uni-bonn.de
address:Lennestrasse 2
openinghours:Tuesday-Sunday 11-6
tel:+49 228 738790 (Fax: +49 228 738771)

Schumannhaus

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Former lunatic asylum in Endenich where Robert Schumann spent the last years of his life (1854-1856). It houses the municipal music library and a memorial to the composer.

Sebastianstraße 182.

Opening hours: Mondays and Fridays 10-12, 4-7; Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-12, 3-7.

Telephone: +49-228-773656

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Rheinisches Landesmuseum

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Archaeological and art museum for the Rhineland. Exhibits from the stone age to the 20th century, among them the skull fragment of Homo sapiens neanderthalensis excavated in the Neandertal near Düsseldorf in 1856.

Colmantstraße 14-16

Opening hours: closed for renovation until 2001

Website (German only)

Telephone: +49-228-72941

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Bundeskunsthalle

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The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany has no permanent collection, but is used to house major exhibitions. The roof garden with the characteristic conical skylights has a nice view of the southern suburbs and is sometimes used for special events.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4.

Opening hours: Tuedays and Wednesdays 10-9, Thursday-Sunday 10-7.

Admission: DM 10 (DM 5 concessions).

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Telephone: +49-228-9171200

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Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus

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Local artists exhibit in this little baroque gardener's house.

Beethovenplatz.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 2-6, Sundays 10-1.

Telephone: +49-228-773688

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