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Museumsufer and the Museums

Historisches Museum Photo, Frankfurt, Germany

The Museumsufer is Frankfurt’s convenient linear offering of museums. There are ten museums lining the riverfront street of Schaumainkai as it turns into Sachsenhäuser Ufer. "Museumsufer" literally means "museum embankment".

If you don’t mind spending just a half an hour at each museum, or you have discovered a way to distort time to your advantage (please let me know if you have), you could start at one end of the Museumsufer, walk a few steps and visit the next one, and finish at the other end in a day. However, this would probably not be the best way to appreciate anything. More likely, you will want to select a few to visit. You can still use the arrangement of the Museumsufer to your advantage, starting at one end and finishing at the other.

If you start at the west end of the street, this is the order you would find them in:

  • Haus Girsch – Museum Regionaler Kunst (Haus Girsch – Museum of Regional Art): Schaumainkai 83
    http://www.haus-giersch.de/ (German only)
    Tuesday-Friday noon-7pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus – Musuem alter Plastik (Municipal Gallery Liebieghaus – Museum of Ancient Sculpture): Schaumainkai 71
    http://www.liebieghaus.de/ (German only)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm
  • Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie (Städel Art Institute and Gallery): Schaumainkai 63
    http://www.staedelmuseum.de/ (German only, English under construction)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm
  • Museum für Kommunikation (Communication Museum): Schaumainkai 53
    http://www.museumsstiftung.de/ (German only)
    Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm
  • Deutsches Architektur-Museum (German Architecture Museum): Schaumainkai 43
    http://www.dam-online.de (in English and German)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm
  • Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum): Schaumainkai 41
    http://www.deutsches-filmmuseum.de/ (German only)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm; Saturday 2pm-8pm
  • Museum der Weltkulturen und Galerie 37 (Museum of World Cultures and Gallery 37): Schaumainkai 29
    http://www.mdw.frankfurt.de/ (German only)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm; Saturday 2pm-8pm
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts): Schaumainkai 17
    www.mak.frankfurt.de (German and English)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-8pm
  • Ikonen-Museum (Icon Museum): Brückenstrasse 3-7
    http://ikonenmuseum.inm.de/ (German and English)
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm (they close every day from 1-1:30pm)

There are of course other museums in the city. Across the river from the Museumsufer are several, notably:

There are also a couple that could serve as a diversion off the Museumsufer: along Schulstrasse, the street right after the Museum of Applied Arts. For (much) more information about other museums in Frankfurt, try these websites:

If you are planning to visit only one or two of them, you can just pay the admission fee at the entrance. Otherwise, there are a few options for the true museum junkies amongst you. You can buy the Frankfurt Card, which is good for either 1 day or 2 days, and costs 7.50 euro and 11 euro respectively. This includes unlimited public transport within the city and as far as the airport, 50% discount on admission to 17 museums, and other discounts on city tours and river tours. These can be purchased at the tourist information centers, or you can buy it online, at http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/ (click on the first link under Sightseeing on the top of the page, and then click on the Frankfurt Card link to the left). The museums included are:

  • Deutches Architektur-Museum (German Architecture Museum)
  • Deutsches Filmmuseum (The German Film Museum)
  • Explora – Museum + Wissenschaft + Technik (Explora – Museum + Science + Technology)
  • Frankfurt Foundation Dr. Schmidt-Voigt
  • Goethe-Museum/Goethe-Haus (Goethe Museum/Goethe House)
  • Heinrich Hoffman Museum
  • Historisches Museum (Historical Museum)
  • Ikonen-Museum (Icon Museum)
  • Institut für Stadtgeschichte (Institute for City History)
  • Judisches Museum (Jewish Museum)
  • Museum Judengasse
  • Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Karmeliterkloster (Museum of Archeology)
  • Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)
  • Museum der Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology)
  • Museum Regionaler Kunst (Haus Girsch – Museum of Regional Art)
  • Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Senckenberg Museum of Natural History)
  • Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (Schirn Art Hall Frankfurt)
  • Städelsches Kunstinstitut (Städel Art Institute)
  • Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus – Musuem alter Plastik (Municipal Gallery Liebieghaus – Museum of Ancient Sculpture)

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