Begin your day at Museumsufer, Frankfurt’s museum quarter. Head to the striking white neo-classical building housing Museum Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts), where permanent installations such as the New Museum for Bees and Richard Meier: A Style Room are must-visits.
If your interest is old masters, Städel Museum should be your first choice instead. Founded in 1815, this minimalist-influenced and modern building is Germany’s oldest museum foundation. The seemingly small museum has 104,000 art pieces to be seen, with Impressionist works from Monet and Van Gogh to fine art from Matisse to Picasso, along with more contemporary works including Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.
For film and culture buffs, explore the Lumière brothers-related exhibits and history of cinema at Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) or cultural exhibits at Weltkulturen Museum (Museum of World Cultures – will reopen 2 November 2022). With more than 65,000 artefacts from around the world, the latter is one of Europe’s top ethnological museums.
Alternatively, visit Liebieghaus (Museum of Ancient Sculpture) for its large collection of Asian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculptures as well as pieces from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Tip: Frankfurt’s largest flea market is held here on Saturdays, so you might want to plan your visit so that it coincides. If you’re planning to visit a number of museums, be sure to also buy a Museumsufer discount ticket at the first museum you’re exploring.