Museums and Exhibitions

A painting of Goethe in a museum in Frankfurt

If modern art is your passion, make sure you visit one of the major art fairs held in Cologne, Frankfurt/Main or Berlin. Alternatively, you can tour the art galleries of the major cities or larger towns. “Documenta” is the world's the largest exhibition of contemporary art. It is held in Kassel once every five years and lasts one hundred days.

Besides the vast, world-famous art collections, many other smaller museums also exist on specific themes, such as antique collections, museums of modern corporate history, monastery museums, collections of historical musical instruments, puppet museums, museums of technology, ethnological museums and zoological museums.

Every large German city organises a “long museum night” once a year. This wonderful and inexpensive cultural and social opportunity helps you to "get to know" the diversity of museums that can be found in your town. Shuttle buses transport visitors to and from the museums, all of which are open until late at night and feature special cultural programmes.

It's impossible to list all the museums, so here are some examples for you.