Museums and Exhibitions

A painting of Goethe in a museum in Frankfurt
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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 some examples for you.


Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology

Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology

The Deutsches Museum in Bonn is Germany’s most popular museum with around 1.3 million visitors per year. It is one of the leading international centres for research into our modern culture that is shaped by science and technology. The Deutsches Museum has more than 100,000 objects from fields of science and technology. Its extensive collection of valuable originals makes the Deutsches Museum one of the most important museums of science and technology anywhere in the world. Collections include objects from mining through to atomic physics, from the Altamira cave to a magnified model of a human cell. They extend from the Stone Age to the present time. About a quarter of the objects are on exhibition – in the main museum on the island in the river, at the transport museum on the Theresienhöhe, in the hangar at Schleißheim airfield, and in the Deutsches Museum Bonn. These illustrate important developments in science and technology, right down to current research. www.deutsches-museum.de Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology

Germanic National Museum (Germanisches Museum)

Germanic National Museum (Germanisches Museum)

The Germanic National Museum is one of Europe's largest and greatest museums. In the Germanic National Museum you can experience the former imperial city of Nuremberg, the remarkable range and diversity of German art and culture. Its incomparable collections of exceptional art and artisanship - from Neolithic hand axes to present-day art - provide a panoramic overview of the cultural history of German-speaking central Europe. Exhibits include the enigmatic 3000-year-old golden headdress of a Bronze Age priest or wise man, the gem-studded eagle fibula from the Age of Migration, or the pilgrim's cloak worn by Nuremberg patrician Stephan Praun. These artefacts will never lose their magical fascination. The golden armlet or "armilla" of Emperor Barbarossa and Martin Behaim's famous globe, the earliest surviving depiction of Earth as a sphere, or Carl Spitzweg's "Poor Poet" and Ernst Ludwig's expressionistic self-portrait as a drunkard are universally regarded as key works of their eras. www.gnm.de Germanic National Museum (Germanisches Museum)

World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks

World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks

2009 is a special year. The Federal Republic of Germany will turn 60 and this European Centre of Art and Industry Culture will turn 10. A visit to the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is an adventure. Visitors can descend into the dark corridors of the burden shed and climb to the lofty heights of the blast furnace viewing-platform. www.voelklinger-huette.org World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks

Interested in museums and exhibitions?

Interested in museums and exhibitions?

This website provides access to the profiles and addresses of several museums in Germany as well as the dates of their current exhibitions. (Website only available in German) www.webmuseen.de Interested in museums and exhibitions?

Search engine for cultural events

Search engine for cultural events

Whether you are interested in operas, art exhibitions, wine festivals, major international sporting events or cosy Christmas markets – the search engine of the German National Tourist Board will help you to find an event that meets your interests. www.germany.travel.de Search engine for cultural events