Museum for Communication
The open museum architecture is symbolic of the theme and task of the museum: to make the history and functioning of communication transparent.
How does communication work? What methods and paths are available to it? Frankfurt’s Museum for Communication (Museum für Kommunikation) confronts these questions and the challenges of a constantly transforming information-based society. Founded in 1958 as the Federal Postal Museum (Bundespostmuseum), it is one of the oldest museums on the Main riverbank. As the Museum of Communication, in 1990 it moved into a transparent and open new building that invites journeys of discovery on four floors. Stories to be astonished by and to experience, technology to interact with and comprehend – in this way the permanent exhibition “Media Tells Story(ies)” presents the richness of communication.
The section “Signs, Writing, News” shows the path from Mesopotamian writing tablets up to the invention of the postal service. The “Letter and Package” area explains about freight transport and travel. “Telegraphy”, “Telephone”, “Radio”, “Television” and “New Media” exhibit communication in all its technical, cultural and societal developments and aspects. The art collection includes paintings, sculptures, photography and new media art from the 17th to the 21st century. Temporary exhibitions supplement the presentation with additional aspects. Guided tours, readings, films and events round off the offering. For children older than pre-school age, school classes and families, the museum offers a varying programme with interactive tours, and workshop that encourages visitor participation, and events ranging from holiday games to birthday parties.