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!

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

House of history in Bonn

German history from the post-war era to the present day

Adenauer’s Mercedes, a 1950s cinema and a railway car – this Bonn museum lets visitors experience German history first-hand.

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Museum Folkwang Essen at night, © Peter Wieler

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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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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Vorderansicht des Von der Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, © Von der Heydt-Museum

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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Bis Juli 2016 zeigt die Kunstsammlung NRW die Rauminstallation in orbit von Tomás Saraceno, © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013

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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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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