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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.
The highlights of the Archäologisches Museum, housed in the former Carmelite Church, are archaeological finds from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. Excavations are analyzed, restored and exhibited to the public. The prehistoric section shows objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The contents of the Roman section originate mainly from the Roman town of 'Nida' (the Roman name for Frankfurt), and give an interesting insight into the everyday life of an ancient town. The section entitled 'The Early Middle Ages' offers an overview of the city in the Alemannian and Frankish times, after the Romans left. Visitors find out more about the Stone Age in the section entitled 'Franconofurd - the beginnings of Frankfurt-am-Main'. In the modern extension there are archaeological collections from the Mediterranean and the Near East dating from the 5th-1st centuries B.C. This consists mainly of ancient vases, bronzes, glass and stone sculptures.
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.
Located in a beautiful villa on the Museumsufer, the Weltkulturen Museum was fully renovated and reopened in 1998. The museum now houses temporary exhibitions devoted to different regions, cultures and ways of life, with the aim of promoting mutual understanding. The presentations deal with issues such as the environment, economics, politics, science, art, medicine, parenthood, law and religion. Founded in 1904, the museum houses over 60,000 artifacts from Africa, South East Asia, America, the Pacific and Europe. The gallery on Schaumainkai 37 displays works by unknown artists from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
More than a hundred Russian religious icons can be seen in the Ikonen-Museum. Numerous examples of different schools of painting, and metal icons from the 15th to the 20th Century are also on display. One of the highlights of the collection is the section entitled "Icons and Medicine", which depict, decipher and explain Jesus' miracles from a scientist's point of view. The museum also houses a restoration workshop and a specialist library. Guided tours are available. Check website for further details
Museum for Communication depicts the modes of communication, the history, its development through ages and objects relating to the medium of communication. It is one of the oldest museums in the city which opened in 1958 under the ownership of Deutsche Bundespost. It was earlier called as Bundespostmuseum. Artifacts present here include underwater cable from the first transatlantic telephone line. Visitors can also try their hand at Morse code and other forms of electronic communication. Various films elucidate specific exhibits and particular themes. The building was extended in 1990 and is now a modern, well-organized and detailed museum.
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.
The beautiful Landesmuseum Mainz attracts a number of visitors each year with its unique collection of art and craft. Exhibits include paintings and sculpture through the centuries that throw light on the history and culture of Mainz. Also known as the Mainz State Museum, a visit to this popular attractions will help your learn about the culture and history of Mainz.