Visiting the Museums and Monuments of Frankfurt

Art, archaeology, history; Frankfurt has some excellent museums. Find out how to make the most of them using discount tickets and vouchers...

Discount Cards and Passes

Frankfurt Card

The Frankfurt Card provides free and unlimited travel on public transportation, as well as discounts on some city tours, participating museums, attractions, restaurants and shops. Group and individual tickets are available and purchasers can choose a card with either a one-day or two-day validity period. The card is available at participating hotels, travel agents, train stations, tourist information offices, the Mobility Information Centre at Hauptwache, and at the Frankfurt airport.

The Museumsufer Card and Ticket

Museumsufer frequent visitor cards are available, as are two-day tickets, for free entry at any of over 30 participating museums. The card/ticket can be purchased online, in participating museums, in Tourist Information Offices at Hauptbahnhof and Römerberg, and at the “traffiQ” office at The Hauptwache. Photo identification may be necessary.

  • The Museumsufer Card: Good for 12 months (the buyer can choose when the period starts), this card entitles the holder to free admission to over 30 museums in Frankfurt. A family card (good for 2 adults and unlimited number of children under 18) is also available.
  • The Museumsufer Ticket: Good for two days, this ticket entitles the holder to free admission to over 30 museums in Frankfurt. The ticket is only good for two consecutive days unless a museum is officially closed to the public, in which case the card's validity period is extended by one day.

The Museumsufer (Museum Embankment) in Frankfurt runs along south bank of the Main river from Friedensbrücke bridge to Dreikönigskirche church. It is home to 13 museums including the Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum), Deutsches Filmmuseum (Museum of German Film) and the Städel Museum.

Museums in Frankfurt

The Deutsches Filmmuseum is a must-see for movie lovers, as it walks the visitor through the history of cinema, from the first moving-film cameras to how special effects are created. The museum houses an enormous film archive and regularly screens cinematic classics.

The Dialogmuseum (Dialog Museum) provides the visitor with an experience of what it is like to be blind. Six experience rooms are set up to encourage visitors to use senses other than sight. The museum also has a “Taste of Darkness” restaurant for a unique culinary experience.

  • Dialogmuseum
    : Hanauer Landstraße 137-145, 60314 Frankfurt am Main
    : 069 9043 2144

The Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) features exhibits on the history of the Jewish people in Frankfurt and Germany. From settlement in the 12th century through the revival of Jewish communities after the Second World War, the museum includes objects from daily life as well as special occasions. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) is a museum of contemporary art featuring a collection that primarily dates from the 1960s through today. Highlights of the collection include works by Bacon, Araki, Flavin, Johns, Lichtenstein, Paik and Rauschenberg. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is free on the last Saturday of each month. Hans Hollein designed the post-modern building, which was completed in 1991.

The Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum) details the changes in the planet as well as the evolution of living creatures on Earth. Some of the more popular exhibits include the Edmontosaurus, Placodus (the museum houses the only complete skeleton existing), the American mammoth and the Egyptian section. Open daily except on some holidays.

One of the oldest art museums in Germany, the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Stadtische Galerie (Städel Museum) houses an extensive collection (formerly the private collection of Johann Friedrich Städel) covering 700 years of European art. The collection includes works by Holbein the Younger, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Maisse, Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Klee, Bacon, Serra and Klein.