Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum of World Cultures), Frankfurt

Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum of World Cultures), Frankfurt

Until 2001, this museum was known as the Frankfurt Museum of Ethnology. The building is a repository of arts, crafts, and relics from indigenous cultures from all over the world.

Three adjacent villas in the museum embankment of Frankfurt form the building that houses this repository of indigenous culture and art. The museum was founded in 1904 to promote a better understanding of aboriginal cultures and ways of life and teaching acceptance of differences and understanding of common traits among ethnological groups around the world. The building also houses a vast library with over 40,000 books and journals on ethnography. Collections include vessels, masks, ritual objects, jewelry and other objects crafted by indigenous groups from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Contemporary works of aboriginal artists from India, Oceania, Africa, and Indonesia are also on view.

The museum offers guided tours, lectures, interaction with indigenous artists and workshops. In one section, children of all ages are allowed to touch and try the exhibits and learn to be creative while playing with them.

Why You Should Visit:
This is the 21st-century version of what used to be called Anthropology, now thought of as a little patronizing and colonial.
However, it draws of that heritage and the amazing, truly wonderful ethnological and "anthropological" collections & research.

Tip:
Don't forget to check out the library! You can spend a day there.
Afterward, you can decide if you want to take a walk along the riverside, which you can follow many kilometers!

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 11am-6pm; Wed: 11am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum of World Cultures)
Sight Location: Frankfurt, Germany (See walking tours in Frankfurt)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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