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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.
This permanent exhibition documents the importance of the Katholisches Dompfarramt St. Bartholomäus as the city's first parish church and as a place where German kings and emperors were crowned and elected. The intention is for visitors to gain an understanding of the cathedral's background and history. Dom-Museum opened in 1987 and the main attraction is without doubt the collection of priceless religious treasures and other gold artifacts, although much of the collection has gone missing over the centuries. Also on show are valuable discoveries from a grave dating back to the late Merovingian period and mass robes from the 14-20th Century. Visitors can also find information on the history of the construction of the cathedral during the Middle Ages and its changing fate in the 19th Century.
The town library, which was destroyed during the World War II, has one remaining relic: the neo-classical Portikus ('portal') dating from 1825, located on Frankfurt's Obermainbrücke bridge. In 1987, the interior of the Portikus was turned into a forum for contemporary art, run by the well-known Städel College of Art. The pleasant and bright exhibition room with its eight glass domes makes for a wonderful backdrop for the modern artworks. Internationally recognized artists, unknown artists and students can display their works here. Check website for more details.
Learn everything about man's most precious possession at the Money Museum at Deutsche Bundesbank. From the history of money, exchange policies, international currency notes to how money is produced- the museum offers an insight into every aspect of the monetary world. Visitors can even control money supply through computer simulations. Besides the collection and exhibits, the museum focuses on interactive activities, lectures and seminars to educate visitors about the complex economic connections and the dynamics of trade. The museum's library and historical archive are open to public; for more information check out the website.