Night of the Museums / Nacht der Museen


Due to its success of recent years the NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS now occupies a firm place in Frankfurt's culture calendar.

Nacht der Museen, Foto: Frank RumpenhorstLuminaleboot, Nacht der Museen 2012, Foto: Frank Rumpenhorst

More than 50 museums and exhibition houses in Frankfurt and Offenbach show their qualities at an unconventional time. From 19.00h until 2.00h the next morning the public is invited to go on a culture tour - accompanied by music, readings, performances, theatre, workshops, video installations and parties. Special guided tours of the current exhibitions and gastronomic specialities round off the programme.

Nacht der Museen  © Schirn Kunsthalle

Not only their contents make the Frankfurt museums predestined for night-time cultural enjoyment, but also their location. The majority of the City's museums virtually rub shoulders along the Museumsufer, the Main riverbank. A complimentary shuttle bus service connects all establishments, so that even those off the beaten track can be reached easily.

Tickets for the Night of the Museums are available around two weeks prior to the event from all participating museums, from the information offices of Tourismus + Congress GmbH and all advance booking offices. Admission is free incidentally for Museumsufer Cardholders.

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Museum Embankment Festival

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Frankfurt celebrates annually every last August weekend its museums and its riverine setting with a lively three-day festival. In this unique combination the Museum Riverbank Festival is a popular platform for presenting Frankfurt's cultural institutions and cultural protagonists. With an annual attendance of ca. 2.5 million visitors, the programmes of the museums, stage shows, projects and presentations, the Museum Riverbank Festival is one of the biggest cultural events in Europe. Art, culture and disburdening the mind blend together for three days into a spectacular mammoth festival. The festival is planned for August, 27th to August, 29th 2021.

 Museumsuferfest, Foto: Holger Ullmann, Copyright: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main Museumsuferfest Ufer, © Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main

The Museum Riverbank Festival is presided over by a central theme every year. Either it makes a specific country the focus of the festival, or picks up the content and themes of a museum and communicates them to the outside. Some past themes have been "South Africa", "Greece", "Japan", "Modern Art", and "Children" in 2017. The idea behind this concept is to illuminate the cultural identity of the key theme against the multicultural background of the festival and thereby enhence understanding and curiosity.

Museumsuferfest bei Nacht, © Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main

The central theme runs like a "fils rouge" through the eight kilometres of the festival. It stamps the festival's image, gives rise to new encounters and experiences and smoothes cultural barriers. This idea can be sensed in the presentations of the museums and cultural institutions. It is alive on all stages, in all productions and culminates in the annual gigantic musical firework display.