The German Architecture Museum is famous for its “house in a house” concept. Upon walking into the 19th-century estate that holds the museum, you’ll come across another house inside. You’ll also find drawings, models, photos, journals and special exhibits that track the history of architecture.
Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg
This natural-history museum boasts more than 400,000 exhibits dealing with the development of Earth and its life forms. Highlights include dinosaur fossils and the famous Grube Messel, plus an eye-catching crystal and stone collection
Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank
This money museum is quite appropriate, given Frankfurt’s role as the center of European banking. Particularly fun is the exhibition of forged money. You can buy a “brick” of 100,000 DM worth of shredded banknotes for a few euros.
The Historical Museum displays 3-D architectural models of Frankfurt before and after World War II, as well as exhibits about life in the city and a cafe that doubles as an apfelwein (apple wine) museum. There is also a Children’s Museum.
The Jewish Museum is housed in the Rothschild Palais, the famous family’s first mansion after leaving the Frankfurt Jewish ghetto. It tells the story of Frankfurt’s Jews, the second-largest Jewish community in Germany before the Holocaust.
Museum der Weltkulturen
The Museum of World Cultures’ main building has ethnological exhibitions with an interesting approach to nature and culture. Galerie 37 showcases artworks by modern and contemporary Native American, African, Oceanian and Indonesian artists.
Museum fur Angewandte Kunst
The Museum of Applied Arts has a rich collection of European and Asian decorative arts, including furniture, ceramics and glass. The museum building (designed by Richard Meier) itself is stunning-it’s in the form of three interlinked white cubes situated in a park on the south bank of the Main River.
Museum fur Kommunikation
This museum is especially child-friendly. Visitors are encouraged to play with all forms of communication devices in existence, from one of the very first telephones to an in-house satellite phone. These multimedia exhibits depict communication history in Germany and abroad.
Museum fur Moderne Kunst
This wedge-shaped museum, known locally as the “piece of cake”, displays modern art from the 1960s through the present, in continually rotating exhibits. The building’s striking modern interior can sometimes steal the show from the art it is presenting.
Kurt Schumacher Strasse 10
This branch of the Judisches Museum displays the archaeological remains of Frankfurt’s Jewish Ghetto, as well as offering an exemplary exhibition showing Jewish life in Germany from the 12th century to the present day.