Bonn Museums Tour (Self Guided), Bonn

The city of Bonn is famous for its marvelous museums, both in Germany and worldwide. It is the birthplace of the great Beethoven, his house now serving as a museum. The A. Koenig's Natural History Museum is also based in Bonn, as well as the Mathematics Museum (The Arithmeum), the Egyptian Museum and the Bonn Women's Museum. Take this walking tour to learn more about the city's past and visit some of the finest exhibitions.
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Bonn Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Bonn Museums Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Bonn (See other walking tours in Bonn)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: damon
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bonn Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • A. Koenig's Natural History Museum
  • Mathematics Museum (Arithmeum)
  • Academic Art Museum
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Beethoven House
  • Bonn Women's Museum
Bonn Museum of Modern Art

1) Bonn Museum of Modern Art (must see)

The Kunstmuseum Bonn or Bonn Museum of Modern Art is an art museum in Bonn, founded in 1947. The Kunstmuseum exhibits both temporary exhibitions and its collection. Its collection is focused on Rhenish Expressionism and post-war German art. It is part of Bonn's "Museum Mile".

The present building, which opened in 1992, was created by the BJSS firm (Axel Schultes) and Jürgen Pleuser. It has three entrances, symbolising openness. The design of the staircase has been described as a "precise geometry, cut like jewellery. The conception of light brings the collection to life." The total exhibition area is around 4,000 square metres. The prints collection, featuring around 5,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries, includes so-called "multiples" by Beuys, illustrated books by Max Ernst, and printed graphics from the Bolliger Collection. The Videonale festival of contemporary video art, now based at the Kunstmuseum, has taken place biennially in Bonn since 1984. In 2005, the museum sold the former Grothe Collection to a married pair of collectors, the Ströhers, for €50m. This triggered a wide-ranging set of changes to the permanent exhibition, beginning in 2007, described by the incoming director Stephan Berg as a "certain rejuvenation". The works on the way out included Degenerate Art by Sigmar Polke and Assisi Cycle by Gotthard Graubner. Their place was taken by the work of younger artists. Some of the sculptures in front of the building were also acquired by the Ströhers.

Operation hours: Tuesday,Thursday- Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm; Wednesday: 11 am – 9 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany

2) Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany (must see)

The museum's permanent exhibition presents the political, economic and social history, important trends in art and culture and living conditions of everyday life. The exhibits features the first Adenauer-service Mercedes, part of the original furniture of the first German parliament from an original movie of the 50s, the '68 water cannons, the warrant for Erich Honecker and a foreign worker's first green card. A railway saloon car in a metro entrance and a preserved Roman monument complement the exceptional exhibition. The museum garden design and planting is an example of the development of the allotment of postwar to present day gardens, including a selection of historical toys for children. The work of the museum has received several awards both nationally and internationally, as well as the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1995.
A. Koenig's Natural History Museum

3) A. Koenig's Natural History Museum (must see)

The A. Koenig's Natural History Museum is hard to miss, as it is situated right in front of the Hammerschmidt Villa in Bonn. A keen zoologist and collector Alexander Koenig (1858 - 1940) founded the museum in 1912, which was to simultaneously serve science and the public. The museum remained largely undamaged during the war. Nowadays, the museum has the reputation of being one of the most important museums of natural history of the Federal Republic of Germany and hosts exhibitions for both the public and the scientific community. The new permanent exhibition "Our Blue Planet - Life in the network," allows visitors to experience the overwhelming beauty of Africa first hand: the exciting large hall of wildlife "African Savanna", where visitors will encounter a variety of wild animals. Another particularly impressive exhibit to admire is the habitat of plants and animals originating millions of years ago, where one could learn about the interactions between the ancient flora and fauna.
Mathematics Museum (Arithmeum)

4) Mathematics Museum (Arithmeum)

The genesis of arithmetic is explained by showcasing tools, such as the first computers and the most comprehensive collection of mechanical calculating machines, all in the aesthetically pleasing environment of the museum. Along the way around the exhibition, visitors can learn about various historical machines and the aesthetics of the bizarre factory wheels from up close. In addition, a collection of historical computing and mathematics books dating back to Gutenberg's time is also being featured in the museum. Visitors may find out more about the interactive multimedia station, as well as about how a computer chip and discrete mathematics contribute to the development of highly complex microprocessors. Finally, the guests of the museum may interactively design a small basic model of a chip.
Academic Art Museum

5) Academic Art Museum

Akademisches Kunstmuseum (Academic Art Museum) is an art museum in Bonn. It is the oldest museum in Bonn and houses the antique collection of the University of Bonn with more than 500 antique statues and reliefs, and over 2,000 originals. It is located in a neoclassical building at the southern end of the Hofgarten, near the Electoral Palace.

The museum was founded in 1818 and has one of the largest collections of plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures in the world. At this time collections of plaster casts were mainly used in the instruction of students at art academies. They were first used in the instruction of university students in 1763 by Christian Gottlob Heyne at University of Göttingen. The Akademisches Kunstmuseum in Bonn was the first of its kind, as at this time collections at other universities were scattered around universities libraries. The first director was Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker, who also held a professorship of archaeology. His tenure was from 1819 until his retirement in 1854. In 1872 the museum moved to a new building that was formerly used by the department of anatomy. The building was constructed from 1823 to 1830 and designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Hermann Friedrich Waesemann.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Egyptian Museum

6) Egyptian Museum (must see)

The Egyptian Museum of Bonn University exhibits a collection of the most beautiful and interesting objects. With around 700 pieces being exhibited, it is the most important collection of Egyptian culture in North Rhine-Westphalia. The permanent exhibition offers a comprehensive picture of ancient Egyptian cultural history, starting from the fourth millennium BC to the third century AD. The three divisions provide a clear overview of ancient civilization. In addition to a separate area dedicated to the worship of the dead and the afterlife, the exhibition includes detailed temple architecture, facts about the role of the Pharaoh in the religion and the relationship between humans and gods. The featured clothing, jewelry and tools provide visitors with a better understanding of the daily life of the time. The Book of the Dead fragments, papyri, and many other objects illustrating the rich, literary Egyptian culture are also presented in the museum's collection.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm
Beethoven House

7) Beethoven House (must see)

The Beethoven House is the only home of the family van Beethoven that was preserved. Nowadays, the Beethoven House is known worldwide as one of the most important cultural monuments. It was opened officially in May, 1893. It is not widely known that the Beethoven House is home to the largest and most diverse collection dedicated to Beethoven. The collection has grown as a result of a now 110 year-long collection activity. Over the years, the museum has received many valuable pieces as a gift or as a permanent loan. Thus even Johannes Brahms and the King of Prussia have enriched the museum's collections.
Bonn Women's Museum

8) Bonn Women's Museum

The Bonn Women's Museum (German: Frauenmuseum Bonn) is a women's museum in Bonn, Germany. It was founded in 1981 by Marianne Pitzen and an interdisciplinary group of working women, and claims to be the first museum of its kind in the world. It hosts temporary exhibitions (over 500 since its founding) and accompanying events, and is run by the society "Women's Museum – Art, Culture, Research". The Women's Museum promotes female artists (both German and international) through a changing program of exhibitions, and examines their work in the context of art history. According to the museum, a number of artists who were first exhibited there have since established themselves on the world market. Female artists and academics work together on the large thematic exhibitions.

The museum's own collection includes works by Käthe Kollwitz, Katharina Sieverding, Valie Export, Maria Lassnig, and Yoko Ono. It also includes a library with an archive on specialist topics: women in art, history and politics; feminism; cultural politics; art of the 20th and 21st centuries; art since 1945; concrete and constructive art; and architecture and design. The museum's academy organises meetings, seminars, workshops and advice services on topics of interest to female artists. The work of the Bonn Women's Museum has led to the founding of women's museums elsewhere, for example in Merano, Switzerland and Hittisau, Austria.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Bonn, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Bonn

Create Your Own Walk in Bonn

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bonn is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bonn Introduction Walking Tour

Bonn Introduction Walking Tour

If you visit Bonn, get ready to be impressed by the splendid architecture and grand sculptures reflecting the history and exclusive style of the city. All the presented landmarks, important elements of the cultural or the political history of Bonn, are priceess architectural treasures. Take the present guided tour in order to admire the most significant landmarks of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

The city of Bonn is home to numerous religious confessions which co-exist in the spirit of tolerance and peace. It is also the home of various places of worship such as ancient churches, cathedrals, chapels and basilicas. Take this tour to discover the exceptional architectural design and style of the finest churches that Bonn has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Bonn Art Galleries Tour

Bonn Art Galleries Tour

Bonn is known as the birthplace of Beethoven and also prides itself on its famous Museum Mile, but it is also home to various art galleries. Don't hesitate to take this tour and find out more about the finest galleries in the city and explore the variety of featured artworks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Bonn Shopping Tour

Bonn Shopping Tour

Bonn is a wonderful city to visit on a shopping tour. The diversity and multitude of shops is absolutely amazing, allowing you to spoil yourself with a delicious chocolate, or a qualitative cigar and select special gifts for relatives, friends and acquaintances waiting back home. Take the present self-guided tour and you will experience an exciting and colourful shopping trip which will remain in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Bad Godesberg Walking Tour

Bad Godesberg Walking Tour

Bad Godesberg is the second largest district of Bonn, very popular among tourists due to its numerous landmarks and attractions. By following the present guided tour you will have the chance to comprehend and admire Bad Godesberg's art, history, culture and progress. Bad Godesberg is always a fun and welcoming place to visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles