Special places – themed and general museums

If you want the full picture, then these are the places to go: from the film museum through to Handel House, themed museums retrace the steps of notable personalities at authentic sites or highlight specific aspects of human life. For variety in scope and theme, look no further than the general museums.

The Albrecht Dürer House is one of the most visited sights in the city, offering a fascinating insight into the life of the 16th century German Renaissance artist.

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The history of this house in the Saxony town of Zwickau, in which Robert Schumann was born in 1810, stretches back as far as the 15th century.

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The Optical Museum illustrates how optical instruments, such as spectacles, telescopes, microscopes and cameras, have developed over five centuries.

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Braunschweig's collection of historical musical instruments is internationally renowned.

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St. Anne's museum quarter in Lübeck is home to a range of exhibition spaces – some modern, some historical – covering nearly 9,000 square metres.

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The Zeiss Planetarium in Bochum was built in 1964 and since that time it has been one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the world.

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Opened in 1926, the Zeiss Planetarium is the oldest planetarium in the world and also the biggest in Germany thanks to its 25-metre dome.

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