Museums in Frankfurt

Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History

Museum für Moderne Kunst
Museum für Moderne Kunst

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Tens of thousands of travelers pass through Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) because of it being a major air and train hub, but only a fraction of these transients actually stop to enjoy the rich cultural enjoyments that the city contains. However, Frankfurt has much to offer to those who pause here before heading to other points in Germany. The city is home to about 60 museums, and each year over 2 million visitors visit these sites. Along the bank of the Main River is the city's so-called Museum Riverbank, one of the most significant museum areas in all of Europe. Here one can find the Staedel Museum, the German Architecture Museum, the German Film Museum, and the Jewish Museum. Although a comprehensive description of the dozens of museums in Frankfurt is impossible here, a few highlights should give you a good idea of what all there is to see.

Founded in 1815, the Staedel Museum is one of Germany's oldest and most important art museums. Its collection covers medieval through contemporary art, including works by Holbein, Rembrant, Monet, and Picasso.

The Schirn Kunsthalle works closely with an array of international museums, such as the Guggenheim in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate in London, to host outstanding temporary exhibitions. Readings, lectures, and tours are offered for adults, and specific child-friendly programming draw children into the world of fine art.

The German Film Museum offers two permanent exhibitions on the history of film. The museum features a walk-in camera obscura and models of the so-called Laterna Magica. Replica studios and backdrops help the visitor to experience film production firsthand. Film series and festivals offer an additional draw to film aficionados.

The German Museum of Architecture is one of the most extensive museums dedicated to architecture in Europe. The museum features 24 large-scale models of buildings from the Stone Age to the present, as well as an array of ongoing temporary exhibits. The collection includes over 180,000 architectural plans and drawings, and over 600 models.

The Archaeological Museum is one of the few institutions in Germany solely dedicated to archaeology. Its exhibits trace the history of the region from the Palaeolithic Period through the settlements of the Celts, Romans, and Goths. Artifacts from the Ancient Orient and Classical Antiquity round out the collection.

Other museums in Frankfurt of note include: the Natural Museum Senckenberg, the Goethe House and Museum, the Historical Museum (local history), the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Applied Art, the Giersch Museum (regional art), the Icon Museum, the Museum for Communication, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of World Cultures, the Money Museum of the Deutsch Bundesbank, the Hoechst Porcelain Museum, the Frankfurt am Main Transport Museum, and Caricatura - the Museum for Comic Art. This is just as sampling of Frankfurt's vast array of museums and galleries. For the art and culture fans of the world, Frankfurt deserves to be more than a temporary stop en route to somewhere else.

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