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The Fridericianum Museum

The Fridericianum Museum
The Fridericianum Museum

On May 23rd 1779, after 10 years of construction, the opening of the first public museum building on the European continent - the museum Fridericianum – was celebrated. Almost thirty years later the youngest brother of Napoleon, Jérôme Bonaparte, by then king of Westphalia, converted the museum into the Palais des Ètats, a house of parliament with representation rooms. After his banishment in 1813, the building was turned back into a museum, but then no longer followed the idea of art and science penned by the dynasty, instead now fully concentrated on its museal collection.

After WWII the ruins of the Fridericianum became the cultural heart of the first world documenta exhibition, founded by Arnold Bode in 1955. The successful history of documenta is well-known; its 12th edition just closed the doors on September 12th 2007. Since 1988 the space has also been used for permanent and temporary art shows which take place in-between the documenta.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm.

Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3 €, Children under 12 years free, Admission is free for all visitors on Wednesdays.

[ Source: http://www.fridericianum-kassel.de ]

Related: http://www.cometogermany.com/ENU/about_germany/master_tlstadt-id1116-fstadt_museen.htm
Address: Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel
Tags: Kassel, Contemporary Art, Museum, documenta


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