Museum Frankfurt

Offer for adults

Experience Nature Fourfold + Culture and Architecture:

The Nature Museum, the Palmengarten (Palm Garden), the StadtWaldHaus (CityForestHouse), the Zoo, the World Cultures Museum and the German Architecture Museum invite you for a visit!

 For adults with an immigration history who, based on their biography and their financial situation, have had little or no opportunity to date to avail themselves of cultural offers, we would like to facilitate access by means of special introductory tours. We invite integration, literacy and German courses, but also migrant self-organizations and groups from local district centers or women’s projects to visit us. During events that are individually tailored toward the respective participants, together we discover the Senckenberg Nature Museum, the Palmengarten, the StadtWaldHaus and the Zoo, and, starting in 2014, the World Cultures Museum and the German Architecture Museum, as well, as places of informal education, knowledge stores and recreational destinations.


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© Senckenberg  © Palmengarten © Anna Schmitz for the Zoo © Grünflächenamt


Toward this end, all partner programs begin with a brief, general introduction to the respective institution and offer initial insight into its work and purpose in a relaxed atmosphere. This is followed by the actual guided tour, which aims at familiarizing the participants with the rooms or the area of the institution and providing them with a wider overview. During follow-up visits, all partners offer an opportunity to discuss special topics, depending on the level of interest.
The main emphasis of all activities lies on stimulating as many senses as possible, activating the participants and including their personal experiences in dialog, object-oriented teaching and the illustration of direct connections between the subject and the participant’s personal environment. If desired and available, we will discuss objects or creatures from the participants’ home countries and explain their relevance for our institution – but never in the context of automatic assumptions. By jointly approaching natural history topics as well as culture and architecture, intercultural exchange may be furthered to a particularly high degree, since the wide variety of topics allows both the discussion of regional as well as global aspects.


In this respect, our six institutions have much to offer: 


 megalodon    © Veronika Martin  

  On an area of 6,000 square meters, over 10,500 unique objects await your visit in our Nature Museum. During an initial round of discussion, we start by introducing the tasks and activities of the museum and our institute, aided by hands-on experience with numerous prepared animals and select objects. For almost 200 years, the Senckenberg Society has conducted natural history research, and today it supports satellite institutions in various locations and many projects on a global scale. We briefly examine our institute’s history and discuss to what extent natural science topics and research results influence our day-to-day lives. This is followed by a tour of the exhibits. These guided tours are individually tailored to the various groups, and we always try to address the special interests of our participants, along with displaying our collection’s highlights. Our sensitive approach to the program is aimed at alleviating the participants’ initial inhibitions. And as our visitors discover nature’s diversity with us, they also expand their vocabulary.
While the Nature Museum illustrates the diversity of life, both in the present as well as in prehistoric times, the actions in the Zoo emphasize parent-child relations and species protection. In keeping with its motto, “Experience animals – preserve nature,” the zoo offers its visitors an authentic animal experience and is actively involved in nature and species conservation. The Frankfurt Zoo houses approximately 4,000 individual animals, representing ca. 450 species. Each year, numerous young are born and raised by one or both parents. This depends on the animals’ natural behavior regarding the rearing of young and the conditions to which they are adapted in their natural habitat. Different family structures and maturing strategies are vividly illustrated by examining different live animals, and we visit both solitary creatures, such as tigers, and  family groups, such as the bonobos, a species of great ape.





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The information center StadtWaldHaus / Fasanerie (CityForestHouse / Pheasant Collection), located in the heart of the Frankfurt City Forest, also has various live animals on display. The external grounds contain a care station and additional enclosures for native animals. In addition, various interpretive and interactive trails invite you to a stroll through the forest. Moreover, the exhibit in the main building offers a wide array of information on topics such as forest, animals and plants, the environment, and the use of forests by humans. During the guided tours, the participants encounter  various animals and plants, get to know the forest ecosystem and gain insights into the interrelationship between humans and nature.


      The Palmengarten (Palm Garden), on the other hand, offers an opportunity to discover(or rediscover) a vast variety of plants from around the world. For more than 140 years, the Palmengarten has served as a green oasis in the middle of Frankfurt, housing a treasure trove of plant species from many different regions. In addition, it offers a variety of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities for families, students and adults. Following a brief introduction to the garden’s history, the groups will find themselves immersed in foreign faunas – even in the middle of winter – and jointly explore deserts, savannas and rain forests. The close-up experience with plants such as coconut, banana, pepper, jojoba, agave or prickly pear, which are frequently encountered in our everyday lives in the kitchen, cosmetics and medicine, help stimulate all senses.



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The World Cultures Museum was founded by citizens of Frankfurt in the early 20th century and, at least in part, was based on the Senckenberg collection. With countless objects from North and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, it offers numerous opportunities to consider the global interconnection between the cultures, discover new angles and strengthen the intercultural dialog. The changing special exhibits will serve as the basis for these discussions.

The permanent exhibit “From primitive hut to skyscraper – a journey through architectural history across the continents” forms the foundation and core of the educational program at the German Architecture Museum. The history of habitation and the development of human dwellings offer an excellent opening for the intercultural dialog. The topic “habitation” is a universal one, and thus of general interest, yet it is strongly influenced by cultural differences, thus allowing each person to discover himself/herself in a unique and individual way.


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© Senckenberg © Grünflächenamt © Palmengarten © Zoo


Appointments by prior arrangement. Max. 10 – 16 persons. Duration ca. 1.5 – 2 hours. Free of charge.