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The history of Düsseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast


Built in 1902, Museum Kunstpalast is one of Düsseldorf’s longest standing creative sites, and has a rich heritage

Hannah Lewis / © Katie Wilson-Ells
Hannah Lewis,

Built in 1902 for a major industrial and commercial exhibition in Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast (art palace museum) has gone through many changes since its creation, and has grown to be one of the most important creative sites in the city.

The striking architecture was inspired by the Petit Palais in Paris, and since opening its halls, the museum has gradually acquired one of the best art collections in Germany comprising more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs.

Behind its historic façade lies a recently refurbished interior designed by applauded German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers whose beautiful reimagining of the gallery perfectly complements the extensive collection. More than a century after its launch, the museum still lives up to its name.

Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 899 0200

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