Historical Museum Frankfurt
The Historical Museum (Historisches Museum) on the Römerberg is Frankfurt’s municipal museum. The unique historic architectural ensemble welcomes visitors with topical permanent and special exhibitions as well as a wide range of events and activities to accompany children and adults in exploring the city of Frankfurt and its history.
Frankfurt’s oldest municipal museum presents five fascinating permanent exhibitions. The architectonic fragments of the twelfth/thirteenth-century royal castle bring the city’s “Staufer Age” back to life. A show in the Toll Tower entitled “Main Panorama” is devoted to life and trade on the Main since early modern times. In the Neo-Romanesque Burnitz Building, the opulent presentation “Collectors and Donors of Frankfurt” features the outstanding holdings of twelve notable private collectors of the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Frankfurt’s “Town Models” – among them the famous old town model created by the Treuner brothers in the years 1925–1961 – are on display on the upper level of the Bernus Palais. There visitors will also find the “Bibliothek der Alten”, an open archive of Frankfurt authors enhanced by a new contribution every year. This diverse exhibition programme is regularly supplemented with special shows.
In 2012 the renovation measures have been completed, the rediscovery of the historic Saalhofensemble is a particularly worthwhile undertaking. From 2008 to 2012, the Historical Museum’s old buildings were refurbished according to plans by the prestigious Diezinger Architekten firm of Eichstätt. Within that context, special importance was attached to highlighting the original structures and their various historical phases. The Saalhof encompasses the city’s oldest work of upright structural engineering – the Staufer Building of the period around 1200 with the famous Staufer Chapel – as well as the Late Medieval Toll Tower and the Baroque Bernus Building. The Burnitz Building and Toll Building, for their part, are early historicist structures built in 1840–1842. The Toll Tower, an element of the Late Medieval town fortifications and one of the landmarks on the north bank of the Main, can be explored on the inside for the first time. What is more, the mighty dimensions of the Staufer Tower are visible again in the interior of the Burnitz Building. Frankfurt’s inhabitants and guests will now experience the Saalhof in a whole new and surprising way!
The New Building
With the opening of the new building on the Römerberg in 2017, the museum’s alteration measures will came to a close and the Historical Museum is presenting itself as a modern municipal museum of the twenty-first century with completely new exhibitions on Frankfurt’s variegated history.
The Historical Museum has furnished the two upper floors of the front building of The House of the Golden Scales (Goldene Waage) in Frankfurt's historic district with furniture, paintings and everyday objects from the 17th and 18th century, as they could have been inhabited by the wealthy merchant family van Hamel, who built the house in 1618. A visit to the House of the Golden Scales is possible only in connection with guided tours.
The Junges Museum Frankfurt, featuring a special exhibition programme and educational activities for children, is located at the Historisches Museum. The Kronberger Haus in Frankfurt-Höchst presents a fine collection of Höchst porcelain.
Municipal museum of the City of Frankfurt
Free admission for children and young persons under 18