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Museum Marte Herford, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Mu­seums in North Rhine-West­phalia


The most pop­u­lar mu­seums in a re­gion of cul­ture

There are over 900 mu­seums in NRW, each one of­fer­ing something dif­fer­ent for im­pressed vis­it­ors. The choice in­cludes world-class art mu­seums, open-air mu­seums, in­dus­tri­al mu­seums and mu­seums con­ceived es­pe­cially for chil­dren. Vis­it­ors can step back in time to re­live the Ro­man past or zoom in­to the fu­ture to ex­plore the fas­cin­at­ing world of cut­ting-edge sci­ence. A vis­it to a mu­seum in North Rhine-West­phalia is any­thing but bor­ing!

Bundeskunsthalle Bonn Ansicht © Peter Oszvald Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, © Peter Oszvald Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

Bundeskun­sthalle in Bonn

The Art and Ex­hib­i­tion Hall of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many

Liv­ing cul­ture and pro­mot­ing cul­tur­al ex­change: The Art and Ex­hib­i­tion Hall of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many serves an of­fi­cial func­tion. The fa­cil­ity shows up to four ex­hib­i­tions sim­ul­tan­eously. The es­tab­lish­ment also of­fers high-qual­ity events, me­dia con­fer­ences and con­certs.

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Schloss Moyland ist ein Wasserschloss bei Bedburg-Hau, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Moy­land Castle in Bed­burg-Hau

A Lower Rhine Mecca for fans of Beuys

Dis­cov­er Joseph Beuys in de­tail: the im­pos­ing Moy­land Castlein Bed­burg-Hau houses the world's largest col­lec­tion of works by the ma­jor artist from the Lower Rhine.

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Museum Folkwang Essen, Chipperfield Neubau, © Giorgio Pastore

Mu­seum Folk­wang in Es­sen

Clas­sic­al Mod­ern­ism in a Chip­per­field build­ing

Once con­sidered the “most beau­ti­ful mu­seum of mod­ern art”, today Mu­seum Folk­wang is one of Ger­many’s most renowned art mu­seums.

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Aussenansicht Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund - direkt am Hauptbahnhof, © Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund

Ger­man Foot­ball Mu­seum Dortmund

Ger­many’s fa­vour­ite sport for more than 90 minutes

Here, there’s more than just titles, goals and tri­umphs on dis­play. The mu­seum is ded­ic­ated to the less ap­peal­ing as­pects of foot­ball as well as those that pro­mot­ing un­der­stand­ing between na­tions.

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Schokoladenbrunnen, © Schokoladenmuseum Köln

Chocol­ate Mu­seum Co­logne

Full milk, dark and white chocol­ate in the cathed­ral city on the Rhine

In the Co­logne Chocol­ate Mu­seum, you’ll find not only his­tory, but also de­li­cious samples of this pop­u­lar treat to try.

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Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal Außenansicht, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

Von der Hey­dt-Mu­seum Wup­per­tal

Im­pres­sion­ism and more in the former El­ber­feld Town Hall

The in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­seum at­tracts art lov­ers with its Im­pres­sion­ist col­lec­tion and many oth­er ex­hib­i­tions.

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Kunstsammlung NRW, Dauerausstellung Tomás Saraceno : In Orbit im K21, © Kunstsammlung NRW/Studio Tomas Saraceno

Kun­st­sammlung NRW in Düs­sel­dorf

North Rhine-West­phalia’s “secret na­tion­al gal­lery”

With its loc­a­tions at K20, K21 and F3 Schmela Haus, the state-owned gal­lery is one of the most pres­ti­gi­ous con­tem­por­ary art col­lec­tions.

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Die Ausstellung im Neanderthal Museum erklärt den Lebensalltag der Urmenschen, © Neanderthal Museum / M.Pietrek

Neander­th­al Mu­seum in Mettmann

A jour­ney through time dis­cov­er­ing the evol­u­tion of man

How did Neander­thals live in NRW? What tools did they make? And what did they eat? The Neander­th­al Mu­seum has the an­swers!

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Die Ausstellungen Haus der Geschichte bieten Vergangenheit zum Anfassen, © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Axel Thünker

Haus der Geschichte in Bonn

7,000 arte­facts bring epis­odes from his­tory to life

Ad­e­nauer’s Mer­cedes, a cinema from the 1950s and a rail­way car – the Bonn mu­seum makes Ger­man his­tory an ex­per­i­ence. The in­sti­tute ad­dresses con­tem­por­ary top­ics in one area of the per­man­ent ex­hib­i­tion. Vis­it­ors can learn more about glob­al­isa­tion, mi­gra­tion and di­git­al­isa­tion.

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Ruhr Museum Essen, Zeche Zollverein Panorama, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ruhr Mu­seum at the Zollver­ein World Her­it­age Site in Es­sen

Ex­per­i­ence the his­tory of the Ruhr Dis­trict right at the source

The Ruhr Mu­seum at the former coal mine of­fer a unique com­plete pro­duc­tion on the his­tory of the Ruhr Dis­trict. The per­man­ent ex­hib­i­tion shows the de­vel­op­ments over time based on 6,000 ex­hib­its. In par­tic­u­lar, min­ing and its ori­gins in what is now an in­dus­tri­al re­gion are vividly dis­cussed.

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