The Best Museums In Frankfurt, Germany

Photo of Sophia Karner
9 February 2017

Frankfurt stands out amongst other major German cities when it comes to its multifaceted cultural offerings. From theater, opera, musicals, and other shows, to its outstanding high-quality museums, Frankfurt is a city of culture. The Museumsufer, where as many as 11 museums are situated side-by-side on both banks of the Main, represents a centerpiece of this impressive culture.

Courtesy of Museum für Post und Kommunikation

Museum für Post und Kommunikation

The museum for communication explores the fascinating history of communication practices throughout the centuries. In the permanent exhibition, Media Telling History, everything from Babylonian clay tablets to original telegraphs of the Titanic, to developments in the new media sector, are presented to the museum’s audience in an accessible manner. The museum for communication successfully draws a link between the past and the present and this is shown through its exhibitions that have ranged from communication practices during World War II to the pitfalls of modern media. The building is equally a combination of tradition and modernity with its original villa and its impressive modern architectural complex.

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm

Schaumainkai 53, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, +49 069 60 60 0

Städel Museum

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Established in 1815, Städel Museum now ranks as Germany’s oldest museum that exhibits the best of European art, from the early 14th century to the present. The museum contains the impressive coverage of over 700 years of art history and outstanding works by renowned artists, such as Albrecht Dürer, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. The museum’s exhibition, The 80s, focuses on figurative painting in West Germany during the 1980s and includes works by artists, such as Ina Barfuss and Werner Büttner, which reveal the historical significance of this artistic movement. Every second Thursday a month, Städel Museum proposes art talks, where visitors are invited to discuss art in an informal atmosphere.

Opening hours: Tue-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

Deutsches Filmmuseum

The German film museum in Frankfurt was created to present the past and present of the diverse medium of film. This is achieved by a combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions in the museum space, as well as special screenings in its own cinema. The museum’s permanent exhibition, Filmic Vision, invites visitors to explore the workings of cinematic perception, with a special dedication to light effects and optical illusions. Another example of an exhibition is one dedicated to a very timely topic, that is, the interaction of film and games over the last 15 years. The aim of this exhibition is to present games as a valuable asset in the culture of the 21st century.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8pm

Schaumainkai 41, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, +49 069 961 220 220

Permanent Exhibition
Courtesy of Deutsches Filmmuseum

Museum für moderne Kunst

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Frankfurt’s museum for modern and contemporary art is one of the most impressive of its kind with a collection of over 4,500 of both national and international artists. The art on display ranges from the 1960s to the contemporary, and they all fulfil the museum’s paradigms of quality, diversity and uniqueness. In the exhibition MM1, not only paintings and drawings are showcased, but photographs and videos have also been chosen to be presented to the audience. The museum for modern art has also developed an online catalogue, where visitors can access additional information about the fascinating artists and their incredible works.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8pm

Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt

Senckenberg natural history museum, one of the largest natural history museums in the whole of Germany, not only exhibits extraordinary historical artefacts but also actively engages in new scientific findings in the fields of biology, palaeontology, and geology. The museum focuses on a multitude of topics, such as the solar system, the history of life on earth, and the evolution of humans, plants and animals. One section of the exhibition is also dedicated to the exploration of dinosaurs and the UNESCO world heritage site, Grube Messel, which is examined in great detail at the Senckenberg Naturmuseum.

Opening hours: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

Senckenberganlage 25, Frankfur am Maint, Germany, +49 69 75420

T-Rex | Courtesy of Schenckenberg Naturmuseum
T-Rex | Courtesy of Schenckenberg Naturmuseum

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