Historical Museum Frankfurt

The Historisches Museum Frankfurt (lit. “Historical Museum Frankfurt”) is the official city museum of Frankfurt. The museum, which opened in 2017, guides visitors through the history of the city. Using a modern exhibition, you learn how people used to live here and how Frankfurt became what it is today: transportation hub, money city and center of life for more than 750,000 people.

The Historical Museum is located on the Römerberg in the city center, right next to the Altstadt (lit. “Old Town”) and near the banks of the Main River. It extends through historic buildings of the Saalhof but also occupies new buildings. Due to its central location and the interesting presentation, the Historical Museum belongs to every city tour. In addition to historical information about urban development, the museum also houses five permanent exhibitions. The museum is aimed at adults rather than children. But also for children the museum offers visual experiences.

Historical Museum Frankfurt

Permanent Exhibitions

In the architectural fragments of the royal castle from the 12th and 13th centuries the “Staufer era” it coming to life again. The exhibition “Main Panorama” in the Rententurm is dedicated to life and trade on the Main since the beginning of modern times. In the neo-Romanesque Burnitzbau, outstanding convolutes of twelve middle-class Frankfurt collectors from the 17th to 20th centuries are presented on four floors in the opulent exhibition “Frankfurt Collectors and Donors”. The Frankfurt “city models”, including the famous old town model by the Treuner brothers from 1925 to 1961, are shown on the upper floor of the Bernuspalais. There is also the “Library of the Elderly”, an open archive of Frankfurt authors, which grows by one contribution each year. The diverse range of exhibitions is regularly supplemented by special exhibitions.

Historic Structures and New Buildings

The Historical Museum Frankfurt occupies various buildings for its exhibits, including the historic Saalhof building. After its renovation, the historic Saalhof ensemble is particularly worth rediscovering. From 2008 to 2012, the old buildings of the historical museum were modernized. It was important to work out the historical substance of the buildings and their renovation phases. The Saalhof comprises the oldest upright building in the city, the Staufer building from around 1200 with the famous Staufer chapel, as well as the late medieval pension tower and the baroque Bernus building; the Burnitz building and the customs building are early historic buildings (erected in 1840-1842). The pension tower, as part of the late medieval city fortification one of the landmarks on the banks of the Main, is now open to the public for the first time. In addition, the mighty Staufen tower inside the Burnitzbau has been visibly reconstructed.

In addition to the old buildings from the Saalhof, the city museum also uses newly constructed buildings that were built in 2017.

Historical Museum Frankfurt

Saalhof 1 (Altstadt)
60311 Frankfurt / Germany
Phone: +49 69/21 23 51 54
Email: info.historisches-museum@stadt-frankfurt.de
Website: historisches-museum-frankfurt.de/en

The Historical Museum explains the history of the City of Frankfurt in the past centuries until today.

Opening Hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 21:00
Thursday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
Sunday 11:00 – 19:00

Entrance Fees

All exhibitions: € 12 / reduced € 6
Children/teenagers up to 18 years: free entry!
Groups of 20 or more people (full paying): reduced admission price

Historical Museum website: More details on admission prices

Young Museum

The building of the Historical Museum Frankfurt also houses the “Young Museum” (“Junges Museum” in German), which is aimed specifically at children and young people. The Junges Museum (formerly Children’s Museum Frankfurt) offers adventure spaces, exhibitions, workshops, historical play spaces and guided tours of the history of the city.

Your own activity is the program, because the Young Museum offers knowledge you can touch. Active and resourceful, children and families can experiment, research and learn to understand the world here. Also in the workshops, when printing, making paper or jewelry, or in the radio workshop, gaining knowledge and enthusiasm are no contradiction. Trying out, thinking, acting independently and self-determined learning, as well as artistic and manual work are the focus.

Young Museum Frankfurt

Saalhof 1 (Altstadt)
60311 Frankfurt / Germany
Telefon: +49 69/21 23 51 54
E-Mail: info.junges-museum@stadt-frankfurt.de
Website: junges-museum-frankfurt.de/en

The Young Museum (Junges Museum) is the children’s museum of the City of Frankfurt and is aimed at children and young people.

Opening Hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 21:00
Thursday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
Sunday 11:00 – 19:00

Entrance Fees

All up to 18 years free
Adults € 8
Reduced entrance free € 4
Adults with a Frankfurt Pass: € 1
Registration for groups without a tour is absolutely necessary!

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