Luxembourg City History Museum, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City History Museum, Luxembourg

The Luxembourg City History Museum illustrates the thousand-year history of the City of Luxembourg with both permanent and temporary exhibits.

Founded on 22 June 1996, it was designed by Luxembourg architect Conny Lentz. Like the city itself, the museum successfully combines ancient architecture with modern extensions. It is housed in four restored houses from the 17th-19th centuries which still bear archeological traces from the Middle Ages. The exemplary combination of ancient architecture with modern-day technology, delightful to the museum visitors, are the floating glass façade and the panoramic lift from which one can enjoy extensive views of all the museum floors.

The huge glass cage of the lift can carry up to 65 people, allowing them to view simultaneously, in one go, the rock foundations on the lower levels as well as the city's Grund district and Rham plateau from the upper levels, thus tracing the stages of Luxembourg's history in the course of centuries. Also quite interesting are the ancient, vaulted cellars which were discovered during excavation work in the early 1990s. The floors below the street level entrance house a permanent collection, which illustrates the town's architectural and urban development, while the upper floors are reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The multimedia system, extending throughout the whole building, documents the history of the town, including its cultural, political and social development. It provides access to over ten thousand documents and almost sixty audio-visual sequences.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about the history of Luxembourg, and how many times they were conquered by various neighbouring countries, plus WWI and WWII.
There are incredible Roman exhibits including a massive, almost perfect mosaic floor and then takes you through to modern art and design.
Exhibits are in French, German and English and there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

Tip:
Don't miss the uniquely massive, glass-walled elevator – the size of a small house! Try climbing to the top floor then riding all the way down to the basement with it – a bizarre out-of-body experience. This experience is worth the entry price alone.
On the lower level, you can exit directly to the famous Rue de la Corniche where you can see the famous Bock and incredible geography of the ancient city. Note, however, that using this exit does not make sense if you also use the lockers at the entrance.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Free entry every Thursday between 6-8pm
Youth < 21 years & disabled people: always free
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Luxembourg City History Museum
Sight Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg (See walking tours in Luxembourg)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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