- Taunus Therme
Taunus Therme offers you thermal water heated up to 34° C, fun and relaxation for the body, mind, and soul. In our thermal baths, you will encounter a diverse programme based on the elements of Ancient Greece: water, fire, air and earth.
Water – Basic condition for the existence of all earthly life. The outstanding significance of water is reflected in the myths of many peoples. The Taunus Thermal Baths of Bad Homburg create a modern connection to the historical bathing cultures of times past with their unique bathing landscape.
Fire – Feel the soothing power of heat. It has a vitalising and harmonising effect on the body, mind and soul. The Taunus Thermal Baths of Bad Homburg offer you active relaxation in a timelessly beautiful ambience with their proven concept of the sauna landscape.
Air – This is the driving force behind all physical and mental activities. All-pervasive, it surrounds our thoughts and actions. Visit the Taunus Thermal Baths of Bad Homburg and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lounging meadow.
Earth – Tucked away in a garden, we find the peace that lets us return to our inner equilibrium. Rooted deeply in its conceptual idea, the relaxation programme of the Taunus Thermal Baths of Bad Homburg has become an integral part of the region.
Enjoy water, the source of life, in your leisure time. Murmuring springs, bubbling water and roaring waterfalls will invigorate you. The unique landscape of these thermal baths, with more than 1,400 m2 of water, is waiting for you.
In the adjacent fitness room, you can do specific training for your body.
The free daily Aqua Fitness activates your last reserves, mobilising and strengthening your muscles.
Structure your leisure time in a new way – come to the Taunus Thermal Baths.
- Zoological Garden Frankfurt am Main
From the tropics to the South Pole in a few hours
Welcome to the jungle: In the Big Cat Jungle, lions and tigers prowl through a nearly natural environment. Observers are separated from the animals only by panes of glass or water-filled ditches, for an up-close, immediate experience.
Or do you want to see the exotic aye-aye? Then visit the Grzimek House, where night is made into day. It is a singular opportunity to observe nocturnal animals in their habitat!
In the Exotarium, a trip from the Arctic Sea to the Amazon awaits the visitor. Fish, lizards, crocodiles and other reptiles and insects can be observed here. Also worth seeing is the bird hall with an impressive free-flying aviary.
Dive into life above and below the water at the Seal Cliffs.
Of course, the Frankfurt Zoo offers many other interesting observations and experiences outside of the animal houses.
- Opel Zoo
A classic place not only for the kids. The savanna is the new attraction, this little zoo really holds its place next to the big ones. Nice: even the trees have signs, which explain what they’re called and there are also guided tours around the zoo which are really informative. Some of the animals are from the European or world-wide preservation of species programme.
- Old Opera Frankfurt am Main
Pull down or rebuild: For years the fate of ‘Germany’s most beautiful ruin’ was under discussion. But the people of Frankfurt provided an example of civic appreciation and on how to deal with historical heritage. Thanks to civic protests and generous donations the representative building from the Wilhelminian era, which had been bombed down to its foundation walls, was faithfully rebuilt to the original. On 28th August 1981, the inauguration of the Old Opera House was celebrated.
Since then, around 300 concerts and events a year have been attracting many visitors to its halls. The season starts with the ‘Auftakt’ festival for contemporary music. Throughout the year, evening for evening, there are then performances of national and international ensembles and soloists in the Great Hall (2450 seats), famed for its excellent acoustics and fitted out in mahogany. The Mozart Hall (720 seats) is available as an additional stage. Symphony and chamber concerts, song evenings, old and modern music are part of the programme. The public can make its choice from subscription series, from early baroque to avant-garde, from ‘heitere Muse’ to ‘ensemble modern’. Family concerts, musicals, jazz, rock and pop complete the high-quality range of concerts on offer.
The Old Opera House is also known and sought-after by companies and institutions as a congress house. Every year, around 40 congresses, company anniversaries, receptions, presentations and glamorous gala evenings such as the Opera Ball are held in its representative halls and salons.
- Natural History Museum Senckenberg
The Natural History Museum in Senckenberg shows itself to be more attractive than ever. For in 2003, the venerable old building dating back to 1907, with its extensive exhibition on the history of the Earth and evolution, was lavishly modernised. The Museum offers one of the most important natural history collections in Europe. A great many of the thousands of exhibits are unique in the world or extremely rare. Almost 400,000 visitors come every year and follow the trail of plants, animals and humans. They stand shuddering at the anaconda that is devouring a wild boar, or reverently in front of the skeleton cast of ‘Lucy’ who lived more than three million years ago in present-day Ethiopia. The biggest attractions include the ‘dinos’. Young and old alike wonder in awe at the skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, beaked dragon, raptors and co…
A large area shows the universe from the time of the Big Bang until the birth of our planet. Fossils are also exhibited from the Messel pit, a UNESCO world natural heritage site where most scientific efforts are overseen by the Senckenberg Research Institute. Special exhibitions focus on topics related to nature and the environment. Guided tours and lectures introduce the results of research from the fields of biology, palaeontology and geology in the environment of the respective habitats.
The Senckenberg Natural Research Society is the supporting organisation for the museum and the Senckenberg Research Institute for marine and terrestrial zoology, botany, geology, palaeontology and palaeoanthropology. Its central task is: “To describe, understand and preserve the diversity of life”. In the Natural History Museum Senckenberg they have succeeded impressively in vividly conveying the fascination of the history of our planet to both young and old visitors.
- Palm Garden Frankfurt am Main
In the heart of Frankfurt, there is a plant paradise with plants from all corners of the world. Without having to go on a long journey, visitors can discover the fascinating variety of the botanical world in the Palm Garden. Between paths and green spaces with deckchairs this show garden presents a whole diversity of thematic gardens and greenhouses.
Visitors experience a lush sub-tropical landscape in the Palm House where a multitude of imposing plants, huge shrubs and ferns are located. In a grotto-like underpass aquaria show a colourful tropical underwater world. Another attraction is the tropicarium that depicts the plant world of different tropical landscapes (e.g. savannah, fog deserts, monsoon jungle) in a lifelike way. As a contrast to this, visitors find themselves in the plant world of the cool temperate areas of the southern hemisphere in the Sub-Antarctic House. A particularly fine sight is the flower house at the garden centre. Visitors can enjoy a great sea of flowers across 200 sq.m all year round.
Many gardens such as the rockery with its imposing waterfall or the colourful rhododendron garden invite visitors to stop for a while. Particularly in summer, the 1200 sq.m cactus garden delights visitors. This is where succulents and flowering plants from America, Africa and the Canary Islands can be admired.
An interesting, constantly changing exhibition programme offers flower shows and information exhibitions about botanical topics. These are accompanied by tours, lectures and a host of cultural offerings (e.g. music in the Palm Garden). There are playgrounds for children and in the warmer season, the Palm Garden offers a pond with rowing boats, mini-golf and a small railway.
Every year in June, the Rose and Light Festival represents a special highlight. The Rose Festival has been celebrated since 1931. With the queen of flowers, in the light of various illuminations and a varied musical programme, the Palm Garden celebrates its greatest festival and the great rose exhibition is at its centre. The highlight of the weekend is the Light Festival. On Saturday evening, pictures made of thousands of tea lights are displayed in the entire garden. The festival ends with a great firework celebration.
- Ebbelwoi Express
Travelling leisurely through Frankfurt, enjoying a glass of original Ebbelwei (Apfelwein or cider) – a city tour in the Ebbelwei Express makes this possible. The colourful tram carriage has been part of the Frankfurt cityscape since 1977 and takes its guests to the finest sights of the Main metropolis. The historical tram, also affectionately called the ‘Ließsche’ by the people of Frankfurt, is comfortably equipped for its passengers. You can travel at ease from the Römer to the zoo, crossing the Main and travelling through the Ebbelwei district in Sachsenhausen. Then, the tram travels across the Main again to the central station and to the exhibition grounds. From here, the tour again heads in the direction of the Römer. The trip lasts for a total of approx. one hour. The passengers can get on and off punctually according to the timetable at all stops of the Ebbelwei Express whenever they want.
This original sightseeing tour takes place at the weekend and on public holidays. The ticket includes either a bottle of cider, apple juice or mineral water and a packet of pretzels. The Ebbelwei Express can also be hired for private parties. Whether it’s for a birthday, company outing, anniversary or wedding – any type of celebration, arranged just how you want it to be, will be an unforgettable experience.
- Roemer and Roemerberg
For more than 6 centuries, Frankfurt’s destiny has been directed from the patrician houses on the Römerberg. Like most of her predecessors, the municipal leader lives above the Schwanenhalle, with a view of St. Paul’s Church. The Römer is where the city councillors meet. Many offices reside here, and the civil registry office guarantees a wonderful ambience for weddings. In 1405, the city council purchased the buildings at the Römer from the merchant Kunz for “800 guldens of good Frankfurt currency in cash”. Over the years, nine buildings and several inner courtyards have been added to form the present-day Römer complex.
From the beginning the Römer had an importance that went beyond the city. 52 pictures of the emperor in a splendid imperial hall bear witness to the election and coronation of German rulers, and can also be viewed by the public. The National Assembly was to meet here in 1848, but it was moved to St. Paul’s Church because of space considerations. Until 1846, the Römer halls in the middle building served as halls for markets and fairs. Frankfurt’s town hall suffered serious damage in the Second World War. Its reconstruction began in 1945, and it was reopened by Theodor Heuss in 1955. It was not until 1975 that the city restored the Römer’s famous 3-gabled façade to its condition in 1897. In 2004, it was renovated, and a few statues and the “Frankofurtia” were given a new gold coating. The most famous landmark, however, is undoubtedly the Römer balcony, from which many famous people have waved to a cheering crowd.
The Römer’s silhouette is world-famous and unmistakably belongs to Frankfurt. The city’s government has been located here since the 15th century, and it gave its name to the square. Since the 9th century, the Römerberg, formerly called the Samstagsberg, has been the site of markets and fairs, tournaments and festivals, executions and imperial elections and coronations. In the 16th century it was considered the most beautiful square in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. It is from this era that the fountain of justice in the middle of the square also originates. Adorned with a statue of Justice with unbound eyes, a scale and sword, this was the first fountain in Frankfurt. A few steps away from the fountain there is a plaque in the cobblestones that commemorates the book burning by the National Socialists in 1933.
The eastern row of the Römerberg is characterised by frame houses, which were built in 1986 according to historical plans. Their names recall their great and proud history: The “Great Angel”, where Frankfurt’s first bank was established in the 17th century, is followed by the “Golden Griffon”, and then the buildings “Wild Man”, “Small Badger Hill”, “Great and Small Lauberberg”. The last is the “Black Star”, right next to the Old Nikolai Church. It borders the Römerberg in the direction of the Main river. There, at the Fahrtor, is the Wertheim house, one of the few frame houses in the old town area to survive the air raid in 1944. The end of the Saal Lane (Saalgasse) is located across from the Historical Museum. Its post-modern row of houses contrasts with the historical architecture of the Römerberg.
- Imperial Cathedral "Kaiserdom" Frankfurt am Main
Strictly speaking, it is not a cathedral at all, since it was never a bishop’s church. Nonetheless, the Gothic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is one of the few to receive the designation “Imperial Cathedral” (Kaiserdom). From 1356 onwards, according to the Golden Bull of Charles the IVth, kings were elected here. Between 1562 and 1792 ten monarchs were crowned emperor here in front of the coronation altar.
The present-day church is the fifth structure known to have existed at this location. Following a Merovingian chapel that originated in 680 and a Carolingian single-vessel hall church, in 852 the Salvator Basilica of the Carolingian imperial palace was built. The Late Romanesque Bartholomew’s choir was consecrated in 1239, named for the apostle Bartholomew, whose skullcap is venerated as the cathedral’s most important relic. Construction and expansion of the still-extant Gothic nave and the aisles began in 1260. The representative west tower was built in 1415. In 1867, the cathedral fell victim to a major fire. Franz Joseph Denzinger led its Neo-Gothic restoration. Only then did the tower receive its spire according to plans drawn up by cathedral master builder Madern Gerthener in 1415, rising 95 metres into the air.
Restoration of damage from the war began in 1948 and has given the cathedral its present-day appearance. Visitors enter through the stone-vaulted atrium, which was built in 1879/80 and contains the baroque altar depicting Mary’s Assumption. In the nave, visitors are surprised by the bright red colour, which was brought about by the restoration of 1992/1994. The Elector’s Chapel, where kings were elected, emerges south of the medieval High Choir.
The cathedral museum in the medieval cloister shows exhibits from the cathedral’s treasury and spectacular finds from the grave of a girl from the late Merovingian period in the 7th century. From April to October, it is possible to climb the tower. Visitors who climb the 324 steps are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view.
- St. Paul’s Church Frankfurt am Main
Dignified gentlemen file solemnly into St. Paul’s Church (Paulskirche). This is how contemporary images show the first elected officials in the year 1848. St. Paul’s Church was first consecrated in 1833 as the main Evangelical Lutheran church in the city of Frankfurt am Main. The elliptical central building made from red sandstone was Frankfurt’s largest and most modern hall, and offered itself as the meeting place for the first all-German Parliament. Here the National Assembly created the first democratic constitution for Germany. Even after the dissolution of the Parliament, St. Paul’s Church was the site of national memorial celebrations. St. Paul’s Church officially became a memorial site in 1913 during the centennial celebration to commemorate the Napoleonic Wars. In 1944, St. Paul’s Church was completely destroyed. Its reconstruction began shortly after the end of the war. It was consecrated on 18 May 1948 on the occasion of the centennial celebration of the German National Assembly. Since then it has served exclusively as a place to remember the beginnings of German democracy.
St. Paul’s Church was renovated in the period from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, the enormous mural “The Path of the Representatives to St. Paul’s Church” by the Berlin-based painter Johannes Grützke was ceremoniously unveiled in the basement. The permanent exhibition “St. Paul’s Church. Symbol of Democratic Freedom and National Unity” shows the development of Germany unity and democracy in its various stages. Sometimes special exhibitions are held here or in the basement. The assembly hall on the first floor is reserved for state or municipal functions – the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the city of Frankfurt’s Goethe Prize are awarded in this historic location.
- Goethe House and Goethe Museum Frankfurt am Main
As the bells tolled noon’ is how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe describes his birth on 28. August 1749 in ‘Poetry and Truth’. Today, the Goethe House and the Goethe Museum stand on the site of his birthplace. The 17th century building was destroyed by bombs in the Second World War. Nevertheless, the house has been faithfully restored to the original. The furnishings of the kitchen, living room and reception rooms correspond to bourgeois life of the Late Baroque period.
Goethe’s study on the second floor is equipped as in the past. This is where the master wrote ‘Götz von Berlichingen’, the ‘Urfaust’ and ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’. Today, languages from all over the world can be heard in these rooms. For this is where hundreds of thousands of admirers from all corners of the globe come to on a pilgrimage.
The Goethe Museum presents an extensive collection of paintings, graphics and busts of the 18th and 19th centuries from the Late Baroque and Classicism to Romantic and Biedermeier. This vividly shows the relationship of the poet to art and to artists such as Johann Heinrich Füssli, Caspar David Friedrich and Frankfurt artists.
The non-profit Freie Deutsche Hochstift maintains the memorial, with Goethe’s parents’ house, the Goethe Museum, the poet archive and a research library. In special exhibitions, the visitors can see valuable and sensitive documents and prints from the collection, the manuscript archive and the library.
- Boat Tours on river Main
Travelling along the impressive skyline on an excursion boat or going on a boat cruise to interesting towns and cities on the Main and the Rhine – Frankfurt offers numerous options for little ‘cruises’ and big tours. Only a few steps away from the Römer, directly on the Main quay at the Eiserner Steg, there is the main landing stage and the ticket kiosk of the Primus Line. You can set off on various excursions from this and other landing stages on the bank. During a tour, the boat heads for either the Offenbach or the Griesheim locks, offering a splendid view of the Frankfurt silhouette. On day trips, the boat goes up the Main to Seligenstadt and Aschaffenburg or down the Main to its mouth and then on the Rhine to cities and towns such as Mainz, Eltville and Rüdesheim. The RMW combined ticket, that permits a return journey using any RMW means of transport, is particularly attractive.
A pavilion of the Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschifffahrt (KD) directly on the Eiserner Steg provides information about other trips on the Rhine and Moselle. The tours do not start until Mainz or Wiesbaden but holders of the Frankfurt Card receive a reduction when they purchase a ticket ‘on board’.
- Main Tower Frankfurt am Main
When the Main Tower was completed in 1999, even the people of Frankfurt, who are spoilt by the city’s skyline, were impressed. A high-rise building with a façade made entirely of glass was built for the first time in Europe. In fact, the Main Tower consists of two high-rise buildings that are interlinked with one another. One is square, 170 metres high and the other is a round building 199.5 metres high with non-reflective glass. For the statics of the Main Tower, 112 bored piles (diameter 120 to 180 cm) are set 50 metres deep in the ground. The base section integrates the listed façade of the predecessor building, thus creating a link between the past and present.
This high-rise building is particularly popular with the people of Frankfurt and tourists. It is the only one in the city that has a publicly accessible viewing platform with restaurant. Furthermore, Europe’s highest radio and television studio is located on its 53rd/54th floor.
- Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main
The “Städel” is one of Germany’s most important and oldest art collections. Since its founding by Johann Friedrich Städel in 1815 the collection has been expanded on a regular basis. With approximately 2,700 paintings, 600 sculptures and 100,000 drawings and graphic designs for printing, the Städel invites visitors to undertake a journey through the cultural landscapes of Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. The collection of old masters exhibits paintings by Holbein, Cranach, Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Painting from the 19th and 20th century is represented by artists such as Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, and Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix. Works by A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon and other artists represent art since 1945. Contemporary positions are represented in the “Constellations” series, a periodically changing presentation of the collection, in which new acquisitions and works from the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century are shown.
Every year, special exhibitions that receive international attention draw a large public to the Städel. Guided tours for every claim and every requirement such as “art after work”, “student fodder”, “art in a team”, and an eclectic programme for children ensure stimulating interactions with art. In the graphics collection, visitors can ask to see individual drawings and graphics. To anyone who is interested, the Städel library offers a large selection of literature and specialist journals on various topics concerning the visual arts and art history.
- Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt am Main
At a national and international level, the exhibitions of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt have an excellent reputation. Whether it’s renaissance or baroque, art of the 19th century or classical modern: on an area of more than 2000 square metres, the Schirn presents aspects of important artistic works, overall trends and also topics discussed in society.
The Schirn works closely together with renowned museums and collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Liverpool and the Eremitage in St. Petersburg. This makes it possible to hold large overview exhibitions such as on the Viennese Jugendstil, on photography, on current positions in sound art or on topics such as art and consumption or art in Stalin’s time. Retrospectives, such as those on Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Arnold Schönberg, Henri Matisse or Yves Klein were very popular with the public.
The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt sees itself as a place of discovery and as a mirror of society. It also forges new paths in the communication of art. In addition to readings, tours and lectures for adults, it also offers, in particular, events for children aged six and up that make it possible to get closer to artists and their works in a scientific, entertaining and creative way.
- German Film Museum Frankfurt am Main
Living film history awaits visitors in the German Film Museum. Two permanent exhibitions are devoted to this most original of art forms of the 20th century. During an excursion through the pre-history of film, the focus is on optical illusion and tricks of movement. Models of the Laterna Magica, of raree shows, flip books and phenakistiscopes invite visitors to try them. A walk-in camera obscura is directed at the Frankfurt skyline and the Main. The replica of the Grand Café in Paris documents the first public film projection with the cinematographies of the Lumière brothers dated 28.12.1895.
This is then followed by the view behind the scenes of the dream factory of the 20th century. Replica studios and backgrounds, techniques, special effects and artistic aspects show the variety and development of film production. Visitors can re-enact a car chase in a model of a car or fly over Frankfurt on a carpet with the help of trick technology.
The special attraction of the museum is the cinema that gives films thematic contexts and if possible shows them in their original version. Its programme includes retrospectives and premieres, series of films and festivals. The museum presents several special exhibitions per year on aspects concerning film. The archives of the museum administer and document films, photos, cameras, posters, silent film music and collections and bequests of actors and directors. There is also an extensive library that is accessible to the public.
- German Museum of Architecture Frankfurt am Main
The German Museum of Architecture (DAM) is seen as one of the best addresses in Europe for information about architecture and its history. The Cologne-based architect, Oswald Mathias Ungers, designed the DAM as a ‘house in a house’, creating the largest exhibit and a symbol of constructional art. The twin villa was rigorously gutted in 1912 and surrounded by a glass hall, giving a transparent architecture. With a strict structure and consistently kept in white, nothing distracts from the sight of the objects. 24 large-scale models from the Stone Age to the present enable visitors to the permanent exhibition, ‘From the Prehistoric Hut to the Skyscraper’, to find out more about the history of construction and settlement.
The focus is on several large temporary exhibitions, which the DAM dedicates every year to modern and contemporary architecture in Germany and abroad. Conferences, symposiums, photo exhibitions and lectures complete the programme. With a collection of 180,000 architectural plans and drawings, as well as 600 models, the DAM owns a treasure trove of exhibition pieces. Engravings, sketches, drawings and scale models offer material for exhibitions on tendencies and periods in the 20th century from Erich Mendelsohn to Frank O. Gehry, from Mies van der Rohe to the Archigram architectural group. Our reference library, which has approximately 25,000 books and magazines, is open to visitors who would like to learn more about architecture.
- Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main
The image of the city of Frankfurt is defined by the contribution of the Jews to culture, science, politics and business. The Jewish Museum in the former Rothschild Palais on Untermainkai devotes itself to the history of the Jewish communities in Frankfurt and Germany. Topics include the beginnings of the Jewish settlement in the 12th century, the struggle for social integration and the new beginnings of Jewish communities after 1945. Basic commodities, as well as cult objects depict everyday life and festivals in the synagogue and at home.
With the Judengasse Museum on Börneplatz, the Jewish Museum possesses a branch in the historical centre of Jewish life in Frankfurt. The foundation walls of five residential buildings, two ritual baths, two fountains and a canal from the former Judengasse dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries give some indication of how inhabitants lived during this period lasting some 350 years. The website of the Judengasse Museum describes in detail what families lived here and under what conditions they went about their everyday life. Regular, alternating exhibitions in both buildings emphasise particular aspects and supplement the permanent exhibitions.
- Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt am Main
The Museum of Modern Art is one of the highlights among contemporary art collections in Europe. The focus of the collection is on Pop Art, object art and room installations, including works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and by Joseph Beuys and Reiner Ruthenbeck. The museum is continually extending its presentation of American and European Art from 1960 to international works of the present and also offers space to young artists and new forms of art.
The building, which was opened in 1991, presents its exhibits in an impressive manner, in the so-called ‘piece of cake’ that the people of Frankfurt call the triangular building near to the Cathedral. The tour through the approximately forty rooms resembles a journey of discovery: the architect, Hans Hollein, has created crossovers and links that open up new and surprising perspectives. The way the light falls shows the objects to their best advantage.
Special exhibitions consistently ensure that there is a change of perspective. Through its mixture of high-quality works and surprising innovations, the Museum of Modern Art also conveys the link to the very latest positions and guarantees an exceptional visitor experience.
- Museum for Applied Art Frankfurt am Main
The Frankfurt Museum for Applied Art (Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt), one of the most important international museums of its kind, was founded in 1877. The current collections embrace 5,000 years of the history of different cultures and include European handcrafts from the 12th to the 21st century, design, book art, graphics, Islamic art, as well as art and handcrafts from East Asia. The works are distinguished by unique aesthetics and technically masterful use of material.
Light flows through the spacious rooms of the modern Richard Meier building, which invites visitors to interact and communicate. The rooms constantly reveal new perspectives on historical exhibits and modern spatial structure. Numerous special exhibitions use the dialogue with the architecture to create surprising presentations and reflect the multifaceted contents of the collection between tradition and the avant-garde.
Meier’s world-famous museum building was completed in 1985. The architecture integrates the classic villa of the museum, in which the proportions of a middle-class summerhouse serve as the standard for the three connected white cubes of the new building. In order to put the villa in the spotlight in respect to content, it is to be invigorated by a new concept for its interior, which should make it a new meeting point in Frankfurt’s cultural life.
- Archaeological Museum Frankfurt am Main
The path through the Archaeological Museum (Archäologisches Museum) does not lead into the remoteness of past times. In the restored church of the former Carmelite Monastery and the building by the architect Josef Paul Kleihues, adults and children can experience ways of life that have vanished. The Palaeolithic hunting culture, the first Neolithic farmers in Frankfurt, Celts, Romans, Goths and the Germanic tribes are presented with original findings and descriptive pictures. They are accompanied by important collections from the Ancient Orient and Classical Antiquity. Special exhibitions on the cultures of ancient Europe complete the museum’s collection.
The museum is one of the few in Germany that is dedicated exclusively to archaeology. It is a central archive for the archaeological sites in the Frankfurt municipal area, which are constantly being expanded through digs by the Municipal Office of Historical Sites. From this emerges the task of the research and intermediation of the early history and archaeology of Frankfurt and the surrounding area. The archaeological legacy of the former Jewish ghetto at Börneplatz, which can be seen in the Museum of the Jewish Quarter (Museum Judengasse) provide insight into the daily life of a special cultural heritage of the city in the Middle Ages and modern times.
The archaeological garden of Frankfurt Cathedral is also part of the museum, and three cultural epochs are visible there: The walls of a Roman military camp, the Carolingian-Ottonian imperial palace of the 9th to 10th century, in which important diets and synods were held, as well as cellars of middle class homes from the High Middle Ages. The tightly interwoven nucleus of the city is revealed here as nowhere else.
- Museum of World Cultures Frankfurt am Main
Acting as an intermediary to other cultures and ways of life, accepting differences and recognising commonalities – this is how the Museum of World Cultures (Museum der Weltkulturen) sees its task. The former Museum of Ethnology wants to increase sensitivity to global issues as a forum for intellectual intermediation and to encourage a dialogue between cultures. The building at Schaumainkai 29 does not offer any permanent exhibitions. However, its presentations place an emphasis on fundamental questions of human existence and in this way thereby create something out of an immense body of discoveries from all different continents, reaching back to the 19th century. They are concerned with the meaning of life and death, or of lineage, gender and age. And they illuminate subjects such as religion or status and power and concepts of nature and culture. Gallery 37 (Galerie 37, Schaumainkai 37) exhibits contemporary works by Indian, African, Australasian and Indonesian artists.
The exhibitions are accompanied by guided tours, readings, lectures, musical performances, discussions with artists and workshops. The library has 40,000 volumes as well as journals on ethnology and is accessible to all parts of the museum. The Intercultural Atelier (Das Interkulturelle Atelier, IKAT) calls itself a “museum of touching and trying”, and presents children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of offerings. It conveys knowledge and background information on its exhibitions and provides space for artistic and creative activities.
- Explora Museum Frankfurt am Main
Visual phenomena and optical illusions, anything that confuses the eye and the brain, are the speciality of EXPLORA, the Frankfurt ScienceCenter. Here, joy in experimentation and individual initiative is encouraged. Visitors are sent on a journey to discover the riddles surrounding the illusion on their own, provided with special 3D glasses: Green has to go in front of the right eye, and then things get started, according to the alphabet and refreshingly chaotic. When observed through 3D glasses, anaglyph images become deeper and more spacious, monsters from holograms come frighteningly close, and the rigid gaze of the medusa pursues the viewer from a hollow mask. Once they have been set in motion, optical illusions create astonishment with unexpected effects and colours, and prism grids, better known as “lenticular images”, are just fun. Each component of the diverse collection invites exploration, in-depth study, and observation from different angles. EXPLORA lets you look at them and be amazed - until the moment of realisation. Scientific models and exhibitions show how both simple and extremely tricky phenomena function. Groups of visitors or school classes can also learn about this in depth from museum founder Gerhard Stief during a guided tour. With a great love of detail, the photo designer has furnished his museum in the old air-raid shelter on Gauburgplatz in Frankfurt’s Nordend district. 3D phenomena have interested him since childhood, and since then he has been bringing together curious and fascinating aspects from the world of sound and vision. From this emerged one of the world’s largest collections of 3D art and stereo images. EXPLORA is constantly expanding, because Stief continues to search through specialist shops, galleries and Internet platforms for new exhibits. This ensures a fascinating visit every time, for children and adults alike.
- Dialogue Museum Frankfurt am Main
There is nothing to see in the exhibition at the Dialogue Museum (Dialogmuseum). Instead, visitors to “Dialogue in the Dark” discover the invisible. In six experience rooms they sense the world from the perspective of people who cannot see, led by the blind employees of the Dark Team. The surroundings take on a novel quality – confused, impressed and contemplative, the sighted learn to see in new ways. The Dialogue Museum does away with the negative conception of blindness, which is equated with ignorance and lack of orientation. In the restaurant “Taste of Darkness” visitors need to rely on their noses and tongues to distinguish what delicacies lie on their plates. The “Casino for Communication” is dedicated solely to dialogue. Here improvisation, creativity and empathy are required; in these games the participants can only reach the solution and the goal together, as a team.
In the museum’s workshops visitors enter into conversations with blind and disabled people in a relaxed way and talk about blindness, disability and social discrimination. Under the guidance of skilled trainers, companies experience the novel encounter with themselves through “Dialogue in the Dark” as an enhancement of team building and innovation. In the “Casino for Communication” communicative capabilities are put to the test. Andreas Heinecke had the idea of simulating blindness in Frankfurt in 1989. Since that time his exhibition concept “Dialogue in the Dark” as a change of perspective between people with and without disabilities has been successfully touring though many countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The Dialogue Museum in Frankfurt opened its doors in November 2005 under the directorship of co-founder Klara Kletzka.