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One of Frankfurt’s most important museums for roughly two centuries, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum is a popular educational destination for visitors of all ages. Home to one of Europe’s largest dinosaur fossil collections, its exhibition highlights include everything from a Triceratops to a Diplodocus. Beyond paleontology, other must-see displays include models of pre-human heads, a taxidermied anaconda, a mammoth, geodes, and a vast array of other rare objects.
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum can be glimpsed during hop-on hop-off bus routes through Frankfurt and is also easy to visit independently.
Things to know before you go
- Large suitcases, bulky items, and strollers are not permitted in the museum.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users, and wheelchairs are also available to rent from the front desk.
- Assistance dogs are permitted in the museum.
- The museum shop is open daily and offers an array of science-themed collectibles and gifts.
- Guided, English-language tours can be arranged in advance of your visit.
- The Senckenberg Bistro (and accompanying terrace) makes for a relaxing place to enjoy a meal or light snack during your visit.
- The free Senckenberg app offers an accessible way to explore the museum, while English- and German-language audio guides are available on-site for a small fee.
How to get there
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum is accessible by numerous forms of transportation. Take U-Bahn lines U4, U6 and U7 to Bockenheimer Warte station, or take S-Bahn lines S3, S4, S5 and S6 to Westbahnhof station. The museum is also accessible by tram line 16 and bus number 32. Alternatively, travel by bike, on foot, or by taxi.
When to get there
The Senckenberg Natural History Museum is open daily, with extended hours on Wednesday evenings. It’s closed each year on Good Friday, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
The Future of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum
After almost 200 years of history, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum is currently planning an ambitious expansion project that will see its gallery spaces almost double in size. New exhibitions will also include displays devoted to human evolution, the diversity of life on earth, a planetarium, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Bockenheimer Warte
- Palm Garden (Palmengarten)
- Old Opera House (Alte Oper)
- Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof
- Frankfurt Main Tower
- Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)
- St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
- Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie)
- Römerberg Square
- Frankfurt City Hall (Romer)
- German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
- Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)
- Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)