Düsseldorf's Top Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Duesseldorf

Dusseldorf has a large number of famous museums and tens of art galleries which attract many tourists from the entire world. Exhibitions may range from local to international, from small to large but all of them are very original. Take this walking tour to discover the most important museums and galleries in Dusseldorf.
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Düsseldorf's Top Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Düsseldorf's Top Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: Germany » Duesseldorf (See other walking tours in Duesseldorf)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: ChristineS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Schuebbe Projects Galerie
  • Kunstsammlung K20
  • Kunsthalle
  • Mahn und Gedenkstätte
  • Schifffahrtsmuseum
  • Karnevalsmuseum
  • Hetjensmuseum
  • Filmmuseum
  • Stadtmuseum
Schuebbe Projects Galerie

1) Schuebbe Projects Galerie

Schuebbe Projects Galerie is a modern art gallery located in Dusseldorf. In this gallery are exhibited collections of the most talented artists from all of Germany. You will find here abstract paintings of Bruno Hoffman, works made by Maximilian Brockstedt, Monika Stalder and many others. There are numerous photography exhibitions. Each month in this gallery is presented through different collections of contemporary paintings. Collections of drawings are brought from foreign countries as well.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 2 pm- 7 pm;
Kunstsammlung K20

2) Kunstsammlung K20 (must see)

Kunstsammlung is another museum in Dusseldorf which is dedicated to classical modern art of the 20th century. All exhibitions in this museum range from heterogeneity to ambiguity, from photography and new media to moving images and films on large video installations. In this museum you will discover the following collections of art: Surrealism, Expressionism, Cubism and many more. As of 1945, there was a strong representation of US arts, especially works of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Collections of European arts were represented by Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys and Markus Lüpertz.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm

3) Kunsthalle (must see)

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is an exhibition hall for contemporary art. Ever since the building on the Grabbeplatz opened, it has housed two independent institutions, the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Not merely externally different from all of the other museums in Düsseldorf, the Kunsthalle's conceptual direction is also distinct. Hosting an array of exhibitions, but without its own collection, contemporary art movements and positions, as well as their historical and local points of reference, were crucial to the Kunsthalle's program from the start. Pioneering shows were seen here, such as the series of "Prospect" exhibitions between 1968 and 1976, and so a number of international artists entered the European art market through the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle. It is the Kunsthalle's job to stimulate discussions and explorations of today's art, in its immediacy as well as in the context of current developments – meaning, a kind of art that is articulate, that enters into social discourse. Mediating contemporary art, revealing its roots and its continuity within the artistic discourse is of central importance.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mahn und Gedenkstätte

4) Mahn und Gedenkstätte

Mahn und Gedenkstätte may be described as a sober museum which is devoted to the Jews, gypsies and communists who were killed during Nazi warfare in Düsseldorf. From the very beginning it was a prison which, in 1980, was transformed to this dreadful memorial. There are many temporary and permanent exhibitions as well. One of the best examples of permanent exhibitions is Persecution and Resistance in Düsseldorf between 1933 and 1945. This small museum features many tiny cells containing wooden benches. There are also a lot of photographs along the walls and an interesting photograph album made of metal.

5) Schifffahrtsmuseum

Schifffahrtsmuseum is a navigation museum located in the Castle Tower in Dusseldorf. A long time ago this building was the castle of the Earls of Berg. Over the years, the castle was rebuilt in a Baroque palace, but in 1872 it was burned. Later in 1988, all ruins were removed and only a tower was left. Nowadays, this tower houses one of the oldest museums in Dusseldorf called Schifffahrtsmuseum. This museum features many exhibitions that reveal the history of navigation in this city.

6) Karnevalsmuseum

If you suddenly get the feeling that you are in a Venetian carnival, you are most probably in front of Karnevalsmuseum. This amazing museum was built in 2005 and at the present time, it features 3 floors. In this museum you will see a plenty of exhibits of dolls wearing beautiful costumes, many photographs and a wide collection of paintings of Carnival de Jacques Tilly. On the third floor there is a Media Center, which holds more than 300 videos with a nice selection of the liveliest carnivals.

7) Hetjensmuseum (must see)

Hetjensmuseum is the famous ceramics museum in Dusseldorf. It is near Filmmuseum, and an interesting fact about this museum is that it is dedicated to ceramics only. It houses collections that cover an impressive amount of time and space, with more than 8 thousand years of history of Europe, America, Middle East and many other places. In total, this museum includes more than 20,000 pieces in its collection.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 11 am - 5 pm; Wednesday: 11 am - 9 pm; Thursday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

8) Filmmuseum

Cinema lovers are welcome at Filmmuseum. This unique museum is next to Hetjens-Museum. Usually it is open from Tuesday until Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm; it is closed on Mondays. This museum features four floors where there are interesting exhibits of aura and the history of movies. This museum also has its own cinema called “Black Box”, where they show movies with historical value. There are some amazing exhibitions like “Film and Politics”, 19th century 3D photographs, a great collection of first movie cameras and projectors and much more.

9) Stadtmuseum

Stadtmuseum is a nice museum located in the park of Spee'scher Gaben in the city of Dusseldorf. This museum has a huge collection which describes the history of this city and this region from prehistory up until today. The museum itself is located in the Palais Spee building and it features 2 floors. On the first floor you will find a big selection of scale models, maps of Dusseldorf and aerial photographs. These exhibits represent an interesting view of the process of how this city changed over the years. On the second floor there are exhibits covering the following years: 1795 - 1901, 1902 - 1945 and 1946 – 2006.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Duesseldorf, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Duesseldorf

Create Your Own Walk in Duesseldorf

Creating your own self-guided walk in Duesseldorf 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.
Düsseldorf's Landmarks Tour

Düsseldorf's Landmarks Tour

Dusseldorf is one of the best destinations that boasts a great collection of unique and majestic landmarks built by famous architects. If you are interested in finding out more about the best landmarks in Dusseldorf, this self-walking tour will be useful.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Duesseldorf Introduction Walking Tour

Duesseldorf Introduction Walking Tour

The city situated in Western Germany has a very old history with the first documented reference dating back to 1135. At the same time it impresses with contemporary architecture. Düsseldorf is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of business, art, media and advertising. Find out more about its top attractions in the following guide.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Düsseldorf provides numerous cultural venues, as you probably already know. In this self-guided tour you will find famous museums, halls, galleries and educational institutions. Don’t miss the chance to see the most beautiful and relevant cultural places in Düsseldorf.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Dusseldorf boasts a big diversity of religious sights, most of them Christian. Among these religious places there are churches that were built to commemorate certain saints. Take this self guided tour and learn about the most beautiful and significant places of worship in Dusseldorf.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles