If you are looking for some great museums in Frankfurt, head to the river Main, which runs through Frankfurt's city center and is lined on both sides by some of best museums in Germany. The area is called “Museumsufer” (Museum riverbank), and on Saturdays, you can hunt here for treasures at the city's largest flea market. Other noteworthy museums are located in Frankfurt’s Old Town.
Set on the riverbank, this fine art museum is home to one of Germany’s most important collections of the old masters. The Städel, which is often compared to the Louvre in Paris, gives a fascinating overview of seven hundred years of European art history, from the 14th century all the way to the 20th century. You will see masterworks by Dürer, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Kirchner, Beckmann, Klee, Bacon, Richter and Kippenberger.
Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art is not only famous for its extensive collection, which focuses on international art since the 1960 and presents masterworks by Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Gerhardt Richter, but also for its impressive architecture. Designed by the Viennese architect Hans Hollering, the museum has a triangular shape and is called "the slice of cake" by locals.
The Senckenberg Museum is one of largest museums dedicated to natural history in Germany, and it’s a fascinating place for young and old. The museum showcases more than 400,000 exhibits, ranging from fossil amphibians, American mammoths, and Egyptian mummies, to the museum's most famous attractions: one of Europe’s most diverse exhibitions of large dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Film buffs shouldn’t miss the German Film Museum, located on Frankfurt’s river bank; the museum explores the art and history of the moving picture, from its early beginnings with the laterna magica and camera obscura, to the replica studios and special effects of the today's movie industry. There are lots of hands-on exhibits too; you can re-enact a car chase or take a magic carpet ride over Frankfurt with the help of a blue screen. And of course there’s a movie theatre, which presents all movies in its original version.
Located in the center of Frankfurt’s Old Town, the Schirn Kunsthalle is the city’s premier exhibition venue for modern and contemporary art. The Schirn works closely together with renowned museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and its changing exhibits and retrospectives presented masters such as Vassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Yves Klein, Arnold Schönberg, and Edvard Munch.
Set in a 19th century villa close to the river Main, the Liebighaus offers a fantastic sculpture collection; over 5000 pieces are on display, from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The café, set in the surrounding garden, offers wonderful home-made cakes.