The neanderland’s museum landscape is as diversified as the region itself: around thirty big and small museums recount the history and stories of many different subject areas, giving visitors a better understanding of the country and its people, its art and culture. You will be able to retrace 400 million years of earth history or the history of mankind from their first origins to today. Interesting exhibitions invite you to discover the region.

Neandertaler Nase an Nase mit Mädchen beim Neanderthal Museum
© Neanderthal Museum

Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, and Place of Discovery, Erkrath

One of Europe’s most modern museums is today located not far from the place where Neanderthal man was found 160 years ago. It tells visitors from all over the world the story of mankind from its beginning in the African savannah more than four million years ago to present age. Regularly changing special exhibitions address the most diversified topics.

The stone-age atelier offers join-in activities and workshops for children, young persons and adults, and once a year there is a grand museum festival. From the museum, a trail leads to the world-famous place of discovery of Neanderthal man. Audio systems at stations along the trail provide background information on the natural, cultural and industrial history of the valley. All information is also available in a smartphone app. Access by public transport is recommended - e.g. with the combination ticket of the DB.


Talstraße 300 | 40822 Mettmann | Tel. 02104-97970
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fassade des Herrenhauses Cromford bei der ehemaligen Textilfabrik Cromford, heute LVR-Industriemuseum
Herrenhaus Cromford (Ratingen), © LVR-Industriemuseum

LVR-Industriemuseum (Industrial Museum) – Cromford Textile Factory and Poensgenpark, Ratingen

The original buildings from the 18th century tell of the era of early industrialisation between 1750 and 1850, using the impressive example of the history of the Brügelmann cotton-spinning mill, the first factory on the continent. Poensgenpark is part of the Road of Horticultural Art between Rhine and Maas and is a protected site.


Cromforder Allee 24-26 | 40878 Ratingen | Tel. 02234-9921555
Open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
weekends and public holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tip: first Friday of the the month is free entry

MonChronik am Deusser-Haus in Monheim am Rhein

MonChronik, Monheim am Rhein

The MonChronik, the decentral town museum, links and presents the historical sites and attractions of the town of Monheim am Rhein. Whether you’re more interested in an interactive exhibition about the carnival, the Deusser Haus local museum, the Marienkapelle as a place of pilgrimage on the Rhine, the 600 year-old Schelmenturm, the Marienburg as a stately villa or “Hilla’s Leseschuppen” (“Hilla’s reading shed”) as a miniature Ulla Hahn museum. With the free MonChronik app, you can go on your very personal discovery tour.Follow the goose tracks: the goose will guide you through the town with the help of augmented reality.


40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444 |

Innenraum und Ausstellungsstücke des Oberschlesischen Landesmuseums Ratingen
© Oberschlesisches Landesmuseum Ratingen

Upper Silesian state museum, Ratingen

The museum gives an insight into the culture and history of Upper Silesia, which was marked by German culture for centuries and part of Germany until 1945.


Bahnhofstraße 62 | 40883 Ratingen | Tel. 02102-9650
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

"Fiat Voluntas" a Dutch 'Aalschokker'type boat, © Stadt Monheim a. Rh.
"Fiat Voluntas" a Dutch 'Aalschokker'type boat, © Stadt Monheim a. Rh.

Eel Fishing Museum, Monheim am Rhein

Come on board of the "Fiat Voluntas", a Dutch 'Aalschokker'type boat, and experience the history of eel fishing in Monheim am Rhein in an interactive and multimedia exhibition - on and below deck. The Catching and smoking of eels and other fish has long been an important economic activity of the town. The Admission is free.


Klappertorstraße 40 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444 |
open every day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sternwarte Neanderhöhe (Erkrath-Hochdahl), © Kreis Mettmann
Sternwarte Neanderhöhe (Erkrath-Hochdahl), © Kreis Mettmann

Neanderhöhe Observatory and Planetarium, Erkrath-Hochdahl

From the observatory, the starry sky can be explored with special telescopes. The planetarium at the community centre Erkrath-Hochdahl shows astronomical phenomena and peculiarities for all ages.


Planetarium: Sedentaler Straße 105
Observatory: Sternwartenweg 10 | 40699 Erkrath | Tel. 02104-42248 | Prior appointment necessary

Römisches Museum Haus Bürgel (Monheim am Rhein), © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Römisches Museum Haus Bürgel (Monheim am Rhein), © Kreis Mettmann/ M. Chardin

Haus Bürgel, Monheim am Rhein

The Roman Museum Haus Bürgel makes 2000 years of history of the former Roman fort come alive.


Urdenbacher Weg | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-9518930
Open on Sat., Sun. and holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Guided tours upon request)

Closed from 1st of December until 31st of January.

Ausstellung im Zeittunnel Wülfrath © Scheidsteger
Zeittunnel Wülfrath © Scheidsteger

Zeittunnel (time tunnel) Wülfrath

The Zeittunnel (time tunnel) presents a modernised and extended exhibition at an unusual site. The 160-metre-long access tunnel to Bochum Quarry brings 400 million years of geological history and the history of the limestone industry in Wülfrath to life. There ist also a natural history and industrial history educational trail leading around Schlupkothen quarry with its spectacular views.


Hammerstein 5 | 42489 Wülfrath | Tel. 02058 - 929341
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., from  13th of April  until end of October

Museum of Carnival (Karnevalskabinett), © Stadt Monheim am Rhein
Museum of Carnival (Karnevalskabinett), © Stadt Monheim am Rhein

Museum of Carnival, Monheim am Rhein

Monnem Helau! Immerse yourself into the multicolored and wonderfully diverse world of carnival. Experience the year´s fifth season in Monheim am Rhein for free in the interactive exhibition "Karnevalskabinett" situated in Monheim´s old town quarter.


Turmstraße 21 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444
open every day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hillas Leseschuppen, © Stadt Monheim am Rhein
Hillas Leseschuppen, © Stadt Monheim am Rhein

Hillas Leseschuppen, Monheim am Rhein

Im Ulla-Hahn-Haus in Monheim am Rhein ist die gleichnamige bekannte Schriftstellerin aufgewachsen. Schon als Kind entdeckte Ulla Hahn die Liebe zur Sprache und fand im alten Schuppen hinter dem Haus einen Rückzugsort zum Schreiben. Im Nachbau von „Hillas Leseschuppen“ im Garten können Sie in ihre Welt der Wörter eintauchen. Das Mini-Museum zeigt Ihnen mit interaktiven Elementen anschaulich, unter welch einfachen Umständen die Autorin in Ihre Gedankenwelt entflohen ist


Neustraße 2-4 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444 |
täglich geöffnet von 10 - 18 Uhr

Ausstellung mit Besuchern im Museum der Stadt Ratingen
Museum Ratingen, © Stadt Ratingen

Museum Ratingen – Art and City History

The city museum houses the municipal collection of modern art and the exhibition on the culture, history and development of Ratingen. Changing special exhibitions complement the permanent presentation.


Peter-Brüning-Platz 1 (Entrance Grabenstraße 21) | 40878 Ratingen
Tel. 02102-5504181
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Outside of the Museum
© Maren Frankreiter/Stadt Velbert

German Museum of Locks and Fittings, Velbert

The German Museum of Locks and Fittings finally opened its doors again. Experience the new Exhibition Hall with 1.000 exhibits and dive into the history of Locks and Fittings through interactive stations throughout the museum.



Kolpingstr. 34 | 42551 Velbert | Tel. 02051-262285

Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) in Trinsenturm, Ratingen

In the toy Museum located in the Trinsenturm historical Käthe Kruse dolls are on display as well as those made of Celluloid. Shops and living rooms, which once invited the children to role-playing games, now convey a picture of the educational goals and living conditions in which they were created.


Wehrgang 1 | 40878 Ratingen | Tel. 02102-5504180 
open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Museumsbereich Abtsküche in Heiligenhaus
Abtsküche, © Stadt Heiligenhaus

Monument Area Abtsküche, Heiligenhaus

Four museums in one sweep can be visited in the North of neanderland: the Museum Abtsküche with historic domestic exhibits, pre-industrial crafts and historic general store, the fire brigade museum with comprehensive collection, the forest and water museum giving an insight into the region´s forest and water management and the environmental education center.


MuseumsLandschaft Abtsküche 

Museum Abtsküche
Abtskücher Str. 37 | 42579 Heiligenhaus | Tel. 02056-68687
open Wednesday 3 – 7 p.m. | Saturday 1 – 5 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fire brigade museum
Abtskücher Str. 24 | 42579 Heiligenhaus
Open every second Saturday each month 2 – 4 p.m.,
every last Sunday each month 10 a.m. – noon, closed in December

Forest- and Water museum
Im Paradies 2 | 42579 Heiligenhaus | Tel. 02056-9293977  
Open saturday: 1 – 5 p.m. | Sunday: 11 a.m. –5 p.m. (or after consultation)

Environmental Education Center
Abtskücher Straße 24 | 42579 Heiligenhaus | Tel. 02056-9293977 
Saturday 1–5 p.m. | Sunday 11 a.m –5 p.m. (or after consultation)


Grundsteinkisten im Bürgerhaus Velbert-Langenberg
Grundsteinkisten im Bürgerhaus Velbert-Langenberg © Kreis Mettmann

Grundsteinkisten (art exhibition), Bürgerhaus Langenberg, Velbert

Kunsthaus Langenberg e.V. initiated a project based on the "Grundsteinkiste" (corner stone boxes): a triptych consisting of three limestones in a wooden box. He invited fellow artist to contribute their own works based on this model. More than 400 of these pieces by renowned artists such as Emil Schumacher, Günther Uecker, Georg Baselitz and many other painters, sculptors, photographers, and composers, are now exhibited in the aisle of the Bürgerhaus (Historic Town House) Langenberg. After their trip through many exhibitions, both national and international, 6.5 tonnes of art have found an exposed and permanent location where they impress visitors as a unique overview of contemporary art.


Hauptstraße 64 | 42555 Velbert | Tel. 02051 262828 |
Open Friday 5 – 7 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.

Niederbergisches Museum in Wülfrath mit Exponat Apothekerschrank
Niederbergisches Museum (Wülfrath), © Kreis Mettmann

Niederbergisches Museum (Regional History Museum), Wülfrath

The permanent exhibition depicts work and life of the peoplpe in the region Niederberg since the 19th century as well the industrial limestone mining technologies used during this period.


Bergstraße 22 | 42489 Wülfrath
Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2.30 to 5 p.m., and on appointment

Stadtgeschichtshaus Mettmann, © Stadt Mettmann/Villière, Lietzow
Stadtgeschichtshaus Mettmann, © Stadt Mettmann/Villière, Lietzow

Stadtgeschichtshaus (Town History Museum), Mettmann

Since August 1995 the Alte Bürgermeisterei (former town hall) in the historic town centre of Mettmann has been housing the Stadtgeschichtshaus (museum of town history). Over three floors, visitors learn interesting facts about Mettmann’s more than 1000 years of history.


Mittelstraße 10 | 40822 Mettmann | Tel. 02104-980630
Open on Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon

Exponat im Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Hilden)
Exponat im Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Hilden), © Michael Krambrock, Hilden 2012

Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum, Hilden

Wilhelm Fabry, Hilden’s most famous son, is considered the founder of scientific surgery in Germany. The museum is almost completely dedicated to doctor and patient, diagnosis and therapy, illness and cure.


Benrather Straße 32a | 40721 Hilden | Tel. 02103-5903
Open Tuesday to Friday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.)  Saturday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Town Museum/Archive Langenfeld © Kreis Mettmann/ M. Chardin
Town Museum/Archive Langenfeld © Kreis Mettmann/ M. Chardin

Stadtmuseum | Stadtarchiv (Town Museum/Archive) Freiherr-vom-Stein-House, Langenfeld

A permanent exhibition on the town history and the history of the postal system is complemented in the course of the year by special exhibitions on changing topics. Outside, the four-seasons garden and the glazed coach house with the replica of the historic stagecoach invite you to stay a while.


Hauptstraße 83 | 40764 Langenfeld | Tel. 02173-7944410
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Die Buchmacherey "Altmann der Gutenberg" © Altmann
Die Buchmacherey "Altmann der Gutenberg" © Altmann

Die Buchmacherey (Bookmaking), Velbert-Langenberg

At Josef Altmanns “Buchmacherey - Der Gutenberg” you can get to know the old craftsmanship of a bookmaker in a variety of participatory activities. Extensive material and tools as well as historical methods are used to uncover the roots of today's cultural techniques and lead to a better understanding of current technology. On request, numerous events and workshops such as special courses for wedding groups, kindergartens or school classes can be booked.


Mühlenstr. 10 | 42555 Velbert-Langenberg | Phone: 02052-8352386 
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu 10 am-2 pm | Every first and third saturday 1 pm-6 pm and by arrangement



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