Museum Walking Tour (Self Guided), Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a treasure for tourists, particularly for those interested in history. This city houses many museums dedicated to medicine, art, even a packaging museum and much more. A visit to this city’s museums is like traveling through time. The entire family will enjoy taking the following tour to Heidelberg’s best museums.
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Guide Name: Museum Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Heidelberg (See other walking tours in Heidelberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • German Pharmacy Museum
  • German Sinti and Roma Cultural Center
  • President Friedrich Ebert Memorial
  • Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts
  • Museum of Ancient Art
  • Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum)
  • German Packaging Museum
  • Prinzhorn Collection
German Pharmacy Museum

1) German Pharmacy Museum (must see)

The German Pharmacy Museum has an astonishing collection of over 20,000 objects representing the history of Germany’s medical sciences, with a focus on the history of pharmacy. It is housed in one of Germany's main architectural landmarks, Heidelberg Castle. Its collection is world renown and one of the largest and finest, spanning two thousand years of pharmaceutical history.

Operation hours: April – October: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am – 6 pm; November – March: Monday - Sunday: 10 am – 5:30 pm
German Sinti and Roma Cultural Center

2) German Sinti and Roma Cultural Center

This cultural center is dedicated to the persecution of the Sinti and Roma people during the 20th century. For many centuries, they had been considered social outcasts. The first floor documents this exclusion from society, beginning in the Weimar Republic. The second floor documents their forced labor and the medical experimentation conducted on them. The third floor is dedicated to the victims of their mass execution at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Opening hours: Tuesday: 9:30 am - 7:45 pm; Wednesday- Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 4:30 pm.
President Friedrich Ebert Memorial

3) President Friedrich Ebert Memorial (must see)

President Friedrich Ebert Memorial is devoted to the life and work of Friedrich Ebert, born in Heidelberg on February 4, 1871. From humble origins, he became a member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party. A small exhibition was first opened in his birthplace in 1960. In the 1980s the memorial was expanded, including a library and record office containing documents written by Ebert and some personal belongings. In 2007 the exhibition underwent a general refurbishment program. The library now offers more than 7000 books, magazines and brochures concerning the history of the labor movement in Germany and Friedrich Ebert’s time in general. Currently, this attraction is visited by about 50,000 people each year.

Operation hours:
April to October: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm;

November to March: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts

4) Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts

This unique museum of religious arts is located in the Church of the Jesuits. It contains a wonderful collection of ecclesiastical art from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Its collection of sculptures, liturgical garments, paintings, monstrances, books, goblets and other objects will impress any visitor. The museum also has exhibits pertaining to the history of the Order of the Jesuits and the construction of the church.

Operation hours: June - October: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm; January - May and November - December: Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Museum of Ancient Art

5) Museum of Ancient Art

The Museum of Ancient Art, part of the University of Heidelberg, contains the country’s largest archaeological collection. The museum was founded on the donation of Georg Friedrich Creuzer in 1835. It includes a reconstruction of Heinrich Schliemann’s Troy and Mycenae finds, as well as ceramics, terracotta pottery, coins and bronze work. The reproduction collection is comprised of plaster reproductions of Greek and Roman statues and reliefs. The marble and bronze originals are located in some of the world’s major museums.

Operation hours: Wednesday: 3 pm – 5 pm.
Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum)

6) Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum) (must see)

The Palatinate Museum of Heidelberg is home to the art and cultural history collections of the city of Heidelberg, which were procured in 1878/79 from the purchase of the Graimberg 'Alterthlichenhalle' by the city of Heidelberg. The museum was opened in 1908 under the designation Städtische Kunst- und Alterthümersammlung. It is located in the Palais Morass, the former university hall in 1936 and a new building in the 1980s, with direct access from the main street (pedestrian zone). It is a very in-depth museum with exhibits covering many parts of the history, natural history, archaeology, paintings, art & crafts, graphics, sculptures. Other museum activities include the Museum Educational Department, the "Works of Art of the Month" and a museum shop. The Kunstverein Heidelberg , the contemporary art, has directly its rooms.
Sight description based on wikipedia
German Packaging Museum

7) German Packaging Museum

The German Packaging Museum offers an amazing opportunity to discover the world of external appearance. Its exhibits range from traditional to avant-garde styles. There are special exhibitions dedicated to specific packaging themes, some of them highlighting the brand and design history of companies and their products.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm: Saturday - Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Prinzhorn Collection

8) Prinzhorn Collection

Hans Prinzhorn was a psychiatrist who, by 1922, had collected nearly 5,000 works of art from almost 450 patients. These works not only inspired many modern artists, but also instigated the field of psychiatric art. In addition to the primary collection the Psychiatric Clinic has also accumulated works from other institutions around the world. The collection consists of wood sculptures, watercolors, drawings and collages, as well as oil paintings, fabric works, letters, notes and book drafts ranging from 1880 to the present day.

Editor's Note:
The museum is closed from August 31, 2019 until mid-March 2020 due to renovations.

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