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.
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.
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
The MonChronik, the decontrol 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 Denser Haus local museum, the Marienkapelle as a place of pilgrimage on the Rhine, the 600 year-old Schelmenturm or the Marienburg as a stately villa, with the free MonChroonik app you can make your own personal journey of discovery. Follow the goose tacks: the goose will guide you through the town with the help of augmented reality. New for 2019 is the Ulla Hahn Mini-Museum dedicated to the life of the renowned Monheim author.
40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444 | www.monchronik.de
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.
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 | www.monheim-entdecken.de
open every day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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
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.
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. 02058-894644
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., from 13th of April until end of October
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
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
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Unfortunately, the German Museum of Locks and Fittings is closed due to building renovation from July 2019 until mid-2020. When the renovation is complete you will be able to experience the new exhibition, which will look at the more than 4,000-year history of locking technology.
Oststraße 20 | 42551 Velbert | Tel. 02051-262285
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.
Three 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, and the forest museum giving an insight into the region´s forest management.
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
Im Paradies 2 | 42579 Heiligenhaus l Tel. 02056-5825300
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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