Some things you can only see in Frankfurt. Senckenberg Natural History Museum is one of the leading museums of its kind. Goethe House, the birthplace of the great writer, also includes a museum. The Heinrich Hoffmann Museum is dedicated to the Frankfurt psychiatrist and author of 'Struwwelpeter'.
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum is close to the campus of the university, in the district of Bockenheim. It is the largest natural history museum in Germany, and its collection of dinosaurs, giant whales and other prehistoric creatures is regarded as one of the most important in Europe. There are even life-size dinosaurs outside the museum for passers-by to marvel at.
The fame of Frankfurt's greatest son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, has spread throughout the world. The house where he was born and wrote some of his early works, such as The Sorrows of Young Werther, has been rebuilt. In the authentically furnished building, visitors get a glimpse into the life of the Goethes, a typical middle-class family of the 18th century. The Goethe Museum next door documents the life and work of the great writer and his contemporaries.
One of Frankfurt's most recent museums has already established itself as a firm favourite with fans of humour and satire. Caricatura, the museum of comic art, boast more than 4,000 original cartoons from the famous New Frankfurt School, making it possibly the funniest museum in the world. The works of F. W. Bernstein, Robert Gernhardt, Chlodwig Poth, Hans Traxler and F. K. Waechter, published in the seminal magazines PARDON and TITANIC which made Frankfurt the 'capital of satire', are on display in the permanent exhibition. Other well-known exponents of cartoon art, the next generation of the New Frankfurt School, including Bernd Pfarr, Volker Reiche and Greser & Lenz, are featured in special exhibitions.
The Heinrich Hoffmann Museum commemorates another of Frankfurt's famous former residents, the psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann, author and illustrator of the children's book 'Struwwelpeter'. Here, children can discover all about the story of naughty Struwwelpeter, and grown-ups can learn about the life and work of the author. On display are various editions and parodies of the Struwwelpeter story spanning 150 years, along with documents from Hoffmann's estate which illustrate his various activities, including his campaign for psychiatric reform.
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