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The house where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, is a fine example of how the affluent 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 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.
Since its founding in 1878, the Historical Museum (Historisches Museum) has focused on cultural objects and works of art which are of particular significance to the city of Frankfurt. The museum has a particular emphasis on industrial and technological history, and the development of the modern city. In the foyer, visitors are greeted by a model of how the old city looked before being destroyed in the Second World War. The permanent exhibition includes paintings, photographs, graphics and posters and provides a unique insight into the history of Frankfurt from the early settlement to the present day.
Designed by Hans Hollein, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) is among the most important in Frankfurt and is known to locals as Das Tortenstück ("the slice of cake") due to its triangular shape. The unconventional yet elegantly designed building reflects the style of contemporary art and enriches Frankfurt's architectural landscape. The focal point is a naturally-lit, glass-vaulted hall covering two floors, from which staircases lead to the exhibition's upper floors. The nucleus of the collection comes from Darmstadt industrialist Karl Ströher and includes works by American artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Exhibits are rotated biannually and often include works and projects by new artists. A glass-fronted cafeteria is located on the ground floor.
Renowned cartoonists and caricature artists have showcased their creations at the Caricatura Museum. Funny pictures with funnier captions will catch your attention and you might even spontaneously break into a laughing fit looking at some of the hilarious ones. This museum is a part of the well-known museum in Frankfurt am Main called the Historisches Museum.
Schaumainkai, the quay on the southern bank of the Main between Friedensbrücke and Dreikönigskirche, is also known as Museumsufer (Museum Bank). Several important museums are clustered here, most of them housed in magnificent 19th-century mansions. The Liebighaus, Städel Art Institute, Communications Museum, National Museum of Architecture, National Film Museum, Museum of Popular Culture and the Museum of Applied Arts are all dotted around the wonderful gardens which were originally laid out in the 19th Century. In September, the quay hosts the three-day Museumsufer Festival, one of Frankfurt's most popular open-air attractions.
The Deutsche Filmmuseum 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. In 2006, the museum merged with Deutschen Filminstitut and was renamed Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.
The Städel Museum holds a number of art exhibitions every week. You can find exquisite art exhibitions featuring 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.
One of the largest natural history museums in the country, the Naturmuseum Senckenberg originates from a foundation set up in 1763 by local doctor Johann Christian Senckenberg. Dedicated to education and scientific research, the collection includes a multitude of fossils and other objects from the Paleozoic period to the Stone Age. Special collections provide an insight into the history of life on earth. Many exhibits enjoy worldwide fame: the large free-standing animal skeletons are especially impressive and are particularly popular with children. Apart from that, the complex houses a restaurant and a book shop.