Focus on art
The focus of Düsseldorf’s museum landscape is on art. In addition to a picture gallery, collections with sculpture and applied arts, and modern art, the Museum Kunstpalast close to the Rhine also contains the Prints and Drawings Department and the Hentrich Glass Museum. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection) includes works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Kunsthalle (Art Gallery) with the “Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia” is located in the immediate vicinity of the K20 in Düsseldorf’s Old Town – a visit is an absolute must for fans of contemporary art.
A museum with an extremely specialised form of art is also housed in the Old City: the Hetjens-Museum. From African and South-American ritual vessels, through Bellarmine Jars from Siegburg, to the finest porcelain from Meissen and Sèvres – the Hetjens museum is the only institute in the world, which collects and exhibits the history of ceramics from its beginnings to the present day – across all cultures and through all periods.
Another specialised museum is the KIT, Kunst im Tunnel (Art in the Tunnel), directly under Düsseldorf’s Rhine promenade. The spectacular museum for contemporary art has been ‘hidden’ there since 2007. It is located in a room, which is situated between the tunnel tubes for motor traffic, and exhibits young art by graduates from the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts in particular.
Looking back on the history of the city
The focus of the Stadtmuseum (City Museum) is firmly on the city’s history. The collections exhibit the history, culture and art of the city of Düsseldorf and its regions – from prehistory and early history, through different periods of the city’s history, to the present day – over three floors. The SchifffahrtMuseum (Maritime Museum) in the Schlossturm (Castle Tower) on Burgplatz deals primarily with inland shipping and the Rhine. If you manage to make it right to the top of the Castle Tower, you can enjoy a coffee or whatever takes your fancy in the café with wonderful views.