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General Museum Information

  • Most museums are closed on Mondays.
  • Some museums have free admission on Fridays after 2 pm (ZKM, Landesmuseum, Städtische Gallerie and more).
  • Most museums offer English-language tours if you call ahead.
  • Your chances of finding an audio guide are better if you know German or French, rather than English.
  • Most museums have annual memberships or if you are a member of a supporting association, you will have free admission.
  • Many museums have heightened security, especially for the special exhibits. Either use a very small purse for your belongings or be prepared to put everything in a locker or cloak room.
  • If you are a regular museum-goer, consider buying a Museumspass —  free entry in 300+ museums and cultural entities in Germany, France and Switzerland for a reasonable yearly fee - although the price keeps increasing. Do the math to see if it's worthwhile.

Museums in Karlsruhe

in alphabetical order

Badisches Landesmuseum - Schloss (Baden State Museum - Castle)

Permanenet collection: 14 departments covering 5000 years of cultural history: Pre-History, Early History (Dark Ages), Ancient Cultures (Cycladian culture, the early cultures of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and ancient Greece), early Romans in the region, Middle Ages, Reformation, Absolutism and Enlightenment, history of the Castle, history of Baden and Europe. In addition, the treasures of the margraves includes a weapons collection, collected artworks, a "Wunderkammer", as well as the especially impressive "Türkenbeute", a collection of handcrafts from the Ottoman Empire.

Special attraction — climb up the tower for a terrific view of Karlsruhe and get a better idea of the "fan-nature" of the city - open until 4 pm on days when the museum is open. This costs extra.

Badischer Kunstverein

The Baden Art Association (Badischer Kunstverein) was founded in Karlsruhe in 1818, and is the second-oldest art association in Germany. It has actively presented and promoted contemporary art since the beginning of the 19th century through to the 21st century.

Museum beim Markt

Permanent Collection: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Objects and Design of the 20th Century

Museum in der Majolika

Permanent Collection: Some 300 selected clay works giving visitors an overview of the history of Karlsruhe‘s Majolica from its early days under margravial rule to its later history as a state-operated factory.

Staatliche Kunsthalle (State Art Academy)

Permanent Collection: More than 800 paintings and sculptures spanning eight centuries, particularly works from German, French and Dutch artists

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe (Natural History Museum)

Permanent Collection: geological exhibition, rare fossils, mounted animals, minerals, insects, large models and a vivarium for exotic fish and animals.  A new wing houses a large aquarium and a special permanent exhibition of "Form & Function - Nature as a Model"

Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe (Municipal Gallery)

Permanent Collection: Highlights of the exhibition are works dating back to the foundation of the Academy of Art in Karlsruhe in 1854 as well as German art from 1945 up to the present day.

ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Permanent Collection: A one-of-a-kind museum in Germany and Europe dedicated to providing a forum for science, art, politics and finance in response to the rapid developments in information technology and today's changing social structures. Its work combines production and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.