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Arts & Museums
Built in 1820-21 for the Jewish banker Joseph Isaak Speyer, this magnificent residence was bought in 1846 by Baron Mayar Carl von Rothschild, who then had it altered and extended. He used the villa as a summer residence and its splendid interior now gives visitors an insight into the lifestyle of an aristocratic German family. The staircase, with its mirrors and colored marble finish, leads down to several reception rooms, of which three still have their original decor. After the Baron's death in 1886, the Rothschild Library was installed. In 1928, the City of Frankfurt took over the house and moved a section of the municipal library here. The villa also houses a Jewish Museum.
Before 1933, Frankfurt boasted of the second largest Jewish community in Germany after Berlin. The Jewish Museum in the Rothschildpalais provides visitors with an overview of Jewish culture and an insight into the development of the Jewish community from the 12th Century onwards. A replica of Frankfurt's Judengasse (Jewish Alley) in the Middle Ages gives visitors an idea of what life in the Jewish ghetto used to be like. The exhibition also explores recent history with a wall containing the names of the Jews who were deported and murdered during the 1930s and 1940s.
Museum Giersch showcases local art & culture through the medium of exhibitions which are held annually displaying works- both classic and contemporary. The museum is housed in a neoclassical riverside villa built in the early 20th Century and now one of the only few surviving in Sachsenhausen. The property was converted into an art & exhibition gallery by the Giersch Foundation and was opened to public in 2000. Since all the exhibitions are inspired by the traditions and history of the Rhine-Main area, this is a good place to explore and get an insight into the local culture. Check out the website for more information.
The Städel Museum holds a number of art exhibitions every week. You can find exquisite art exhibitions featuring by old masters like Caravaggio, Michelangelo as well as contemporary regional artists. The permanent collection includes works by the likes of Renoir, Botticelli, Rembrandt, extending from the medieval age to the contemporary era. Admire the numerous sculptures, art installations and photography collections on display as you explore themes like nature, history, religion, violence and love. The museum also houses a bookshop, a café and a library. Various seminars, events and workshops are organized throughout the year. Guided tours are available.
Liebieghaus is a beautiful villa constructed in 1896. With a cream façade, white windows, gray roof and a prominent tower, this villa stands proudly resembling a fairy-tale castle. Originally, it was intended as the residence of a textile producer in the late 19th Century, However, today it houses a museum where one can view sculptures from diverse art periods such as Renaissance, Classicist, Baroque and Medieval Eras. The statues and figures span Egyptian, Roman, Japanese and Greek styles. Visitors can view permanent collections as well as temporary exhibits, and learn about restoration processes.
The Communication Museum deals with the development of communication over the centuries and includes numerous original exhibits such as early mailboxes, uniforms, telephones, postcards and stamps. An original Bell telephone and a piece of underwater cable from the first transatlantic telephone line are particularly interesting historical artifacts. Visitors can also try their hand at Morse code and other forms of electronic communication. Various films elucidate specific exhibits and particular themes. The building was extended in 1990 and is now a modern, well-organized and detailed museum.
Opened in 1984, the National Museum of Architecture is housed inside a beautiful 19th-century villa. In fact, the concept of the museum is mirrored in the unusual design of the building: architect Oswald Mathias Ungers hollowed out the old Neo-Classical building and created a "house within a house." Spread out over many different levels, visitors can view the tremendous collection of ancient and new building plans and models. Rotating exhibitions on classic, as well as contemporary architects like Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe or Walter Gropius come just as highly recommended as the exhibitions on particular schools of architecture and lectures.
The National Film Museum was opened in June 1994 and consists of private collections, among them the archives of producer Paul Sauerler, film historian Lotte Eisner, actress Lilian Harvey and the avant-garde filmmaker Oskar Fischinger. The history of film, its theory and aesthetics are presented in an informative and vivid form over the museum's seven floors. As well as the permanent exhibitions about film production and cinematic history, the museum also has film, poster, photographic and text archives, a library and video library, a specialist bookshop and a cafe. The Kommunale Kino (Communal Cinema) on the lower ground floor shows films from the museum's collection three to four times a day. Film weeks, retrospectives, silent films with live music, children's films, experimental and documentary films are all part of the repertoire. Visit website to know more.
Built between 1460 and 1520, this historic monastery is worth a visit for its architecture alone. Yet there is much more to see than just thick brick walls. The refectory is considered to be one of the most beautiful Renaissance-period buildings in the city, and Joerg Ratgeb's frescos in the hallway rank among the most important wall-paintings in the whole of Europe. After the last monks (of the Karmeliter Order) left the monastery in 1803, it was turned into a military barracks. Nowadays, Karmeliterkloster is home to the Museum of Early History, the Institute of Urban History and a public art gallery.
The highlights of the Archäologisches Museum, housed in the former Carmelite Church, are archaeological finds from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. Excavations are analyzed, restored and exhibited to the public. The prehistoric section shows objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The contents of the Roman section originate mainly from the Roman town of 'Nida' (the Roman name for Frankfurt), and give an interesting insight into the everyday life of an ancient town. The section entitled 'The Early Middle Ages' offers an overview of the city in the Alemannian and Frankish times, after the Romans left. Visitors find out more about the Stone Age in the section entitled 'Franconofurd - the beginnings of Frankfurt-am-Main'. In the modern extension there are archaeological collections from the Mediterranean and the Near East dating from the 5th-1st centuries B.C. This consists mainly of ancient vases, bronzes, glass and stone sculptures.
Situated in the Carmelite Monastery, the heritage preserved in the Institute of Local History is immensely impressive. The wealth of documentation going back to the early Middle Ages makes it one of the most important archives in Germany. You can find an extensive collection of files, deeds, books, maps, photographs,folders of documentation on individuals and topics and a library, where about 50,000 tomes are assembled. The institute's preserves the city's heritage, making it accessible to the public. The 'Old Archive' includes Medieval and Early Modern records of the city council, its institutions and associations. The 'Modern Files' section contains documentation relating to life in the city since 1866. Finally, the documentation section houses everything worthy of keeping for posterity. There are regular exhibitions, guided tours, lectures and publications. Check website for more details.
The house where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, is a fine example of how the well-to-do lived in the late Baroque era. In 1733 Goethe's family acquired two neighboring half-timbered houses in Großen Hirschgraben. The family sold the property in 1795, by which time Goethe himself had already moved to Weimar. It is also worth taking a trip to the adjoining Goethe Museum, which was recently renovated and contains both a library and a bookshop. The house itself is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed during World War II.