Museum of Applied Art

Museum of Applied Art

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Museum of Applied Art

As a vibrant place of discovery, the Museum of Applied Art focuses on the perception of social currents and developments, with an emphasis on design and fashion.

Museum Angewandte Kunst MAK
Museum of Applied Art - Museum Angewandte Kunst © Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Photo: Stefan Maurer

The Frankfurt Museum for Applied Art (Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt), one of the most important international museums of its kind, was founded in 1877. The current collections embrace 5,000 years of the history of different cultures and include European handcrafts from the 12th to the 21st century, design, book art, graphics, Islamic art, as well as art and handcrafts from East Asia. The works are distinguished by unique aesthetics and technically masterful use of material. 


Light flows through the spacious rooms of the modern Richard Meier building, which invites visitors to interact and communicate. The rooms constantly reveal new perspectives on historical exhibits and modern spatial structure. Numerous special exhibitions use the dialogue with the architecture to create surprising presentations and reflect the multifaceted contents of the collection between tradition and the avant-garde. 


Meier’s world-famous museum building was completed in 1985. The architecture integrates the classic villa of the museum, in which the proportions of a middle-class summerhouse serve as the standard for the three connected white cubes of the new building. In order to put the villa in the spotlight in respect to content, it is to be invigorated by a new concept for its interior, which should make it a new meeting point in Frankfurt’s cultural life.


Municipal museum of the City of Frankfurt
Free admission for children and young persons under 18

Schaumainkai (Museumsufer) 17
60594 Frankfurt am Main