Seeing cultural objects and innovations up close while learning about other countries and times gone by is an exciting experience, and one offered by many of Frankfurt's collections. The Icon Museum, the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of World Cultures, the Film Museum, the Museum for Communication and the Historical Museum all document and present cultural history. What's more, they are all located on Frankfurt's museum embankment.
The Icon Museum covers the entire range of Christian-Orthodox imagery from the 15th to the 20th century. The permanent exhibition has its origins in a gift by Jörgen Schmidt-Voigt, a doctor from Königstein. In 1988 he donated 800 icons to the city of Frankfurt. Additional purchases, loans and further donations increased the size of the collection to more than 1,000 exhibits.
The basis of the collection of the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art was established in 1877. The museum, a leading institution in its field, moved to its present home on the museum embankment in 1985 and its concept underwent a radical redesign in 2013. Today, the collection covers 5,000 years of history and a range of cultures, including European arts and crafts from the 12th to the 21st century, design, book art, graphic art, arts and crafts of East Asia and Islamic art. The exhibits are characterised by their exceptional beauty and exquisitely crafted materials.
The Museum of World Cultures was founded in 1904 by the citizens of Frankfurt and boasts a remarkable collection of 67,000 artefacts from Oceania, Africa, South-East Asia and North, Central and South America, as well as a picture archive.
The permanent exhibition of the German Film Museum presents objects from film history and illustrates the equipment and processes involved in film production. Many of the displays are interactive, making the museum especially suitable for children and young people. In addition, it offers temporary exhibitions on the subjects of film and cinema. The museum also contains a small auditorium which is home to one of Frankfurt's three repertory cinemas.
The permanent exhibition of the Museum for Communication offers its visitors an overview of the history of media technology. Additional temporary exhibitions explore the subject of communication, also in relation to other areas of life.
The Historical Museum, founded in 1877/78, is the oldest museum in Frankfurt to be funded by the city. Its remit is to preserve, research and present the history of the city of Frankfurt through appropriate exhibits that represent the entire spectrum of cultural and art history. Set against the historical backdrop of Römerberg square the history of Frankfurt becomes almost palpable here. The museum is currently being renovated and extended as part of the rejuvenation of the old quarter and it will also feature a new concept.
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