One of Germany’s most famous art institutions, the Staedel Museum is the pride and glory of many Frankfurters.
It boasts an impressive collection of classic and modern art, and since February 2012, an extraordinary underground extension constructed under the museums gardens, invisible from the outside but displaying a vast collection of contemporary art on the inside, lit by the nearly 200 skylights ‘cut’ through the ceiling. Quite spectacular.
If you dig into the story of how the museum came to be and how it is run today, you enter the world of Frankfurter bankers, wealthy donors and their desire to bring beautifying art to this city of finance. Johann Friedrich Staedel, one of Frankfurts most prominent bankers in the 18th century, donated one year before his death the almost 500 pieces of art he had collected throughout his life to the city of Frankfurt, provided they house them in a foundation bearing his name and open to the public – hence the birth of the Staedel Museum. Since then, it has been supported by the city, private donors (including many banks and wealthy Frankfurt families, from the Rothschilds to the Metzlers) and the building’s admission fees.
An interesting fact is that it was the first museum to open in Sachsenhausen‘s Schaumainkai street, which runs along the south side of the river Main, leading later on to the settling of many other museums in the same street which is nowadays called the ‘Museum Embankment’.
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Address: Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main
Opening Hours: Tue., Fri.-Sun.: 10h–18h / Wed. and Thurs.: 10h–21h / Mon.: Closed
Phone: +49 (0) 69-605098-0
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