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.
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 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.
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.
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: Museum Abtsküche with historic domestic exhibits, pre-industrial crafts and historic general store, fire brigade museum with comprehensive collection and 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
Tel. 02056-5825300 or 0177-2880139
For thousands of years people have been inventing ever more refined locks to protect themselves and their property. The museum invites to an exciting discovery tour through 4000 years of inventive mind in the service of security. On show are doors, chests and tricky locks.
Oststraße 20 | 42551 Velbert | Tel. 02051-262285
Open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday und public holidays: noon – 6 p.m.
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 Zeittunnel (time tunnel) presents a modernised 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 is 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 10st of June until 28st of October
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
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.
If you arrive by car on Tuesdays to Fridays, only between the 5th and 21st of December, and on Sundays and on 26th of December, we recommend the use of the shuttle service, which is listed in the introduction.
Talstraße 300 | 40822 Mettmann | Tel. 02104-97970
open Tuesday to Sunday 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
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.
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.
In the archway of the historical Spielmann house (minstrel building) at the Alter Markt (old market) visitors can dive into the rich carnival tradition of Monheim am Rhein. One of the highlights is the living manuscript in which visitors can experience the tradition of waking up the carnival rascals, or listen to a typical humorous speech (so called ‘Büttenrede’) at a carnival session, and much more.
Turmstraße 21 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | www.monheim-entdecken.de
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Soon you can experience the life of the eel fishermen on board of the historic Aalschokker-boat "Fiat Voluntas".
Klappertorstraße 40 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-276444 | www.monheim-entdecken.de