Wilhelm Busch Museum
Housed in an 18th-century palace surrounded by ornate gardens, the Wilhelm Busch Museum is one of Hanover’s more light-hearted attractions. The museum is dedicated to the history of caricature and is home to the world’s largest collection of works by cartoonist Wilhelm Busch. Temporary exhibitions are held regularly and focus on a wide range of topics; an exhibition dedicated to Japanese manga is sure to impress, while families will enjoy the display of original drawings by Axel Scheffler, who created the illustrations for The Gruffalo.
Wilhelm Busch Museum, Georgengarten, 30167 Hanover, +49 (0)511 1699 9911
Munich’s Museum Brandhorst - very close to furniture store Vitsœ – makes an impression even before you enter; this square edifice features a striking multi-hued façade made up of 23 differently coloured glazes designed to resemble an abstract painting. Inside, the light-filled, airy gallery showcases a wide range of modern and contemporary art works. Its collection of pieces by Cy Twombly is one of the world’s finest, featuring more than 60 items, but the range also includes standout pieces by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Sigmar Polke. This spring, don’t miss its retrospective of Gillian Wearing’s work, known for her unusual video installations and photographic pieces.
Museum Brandhorst, Theresienstrasse 35A, 80333 Munich, +89 (0)89 2380 52286
Cinephiles are sure to have a visit to Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek at the top of their to-do list. The museum is dedicated to the history of German film and its vast permanent exhibition includes a wealth of behind-the-scenes material including original film posters, set-design sketches, costumes, photographs and scripts. Every era of film is celebrated, along with the work of German actors and filmmakers who found their way to Hollywood; be sure to check out the Marlene Dietrich room featuring a large collection of her personal effects, clips from her most famous films and behind-the-scenes photographs.
Deutsche Kinemathek, Potsdamer Strasse 2, 10785 Berlin, +49 (0)30 300 9030
Allowing visitors to explore many of the world’s cultures in an afternoon, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is one of Germany’s leading ethnology centres. Its collection is vast; more than 60,000 objects and 100,000 historic photographs are on show but it is the unusual arrangement that really sets this museum apart. Instead of dividing its pieces by areas, items are grouped by theme to highlight the similarities between cultures. Expect to find African tribal masks set beside East Asian tapestries and figurines from Indonesia.
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cäcilienstrasse 29-33, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2213 1356
With a collection encompassing historic and modern art, sculpture, photography and glass objets d’art, the Museum Kunstpalast offers a wealth of attractions which will appeal to even the most casual arts fan. The museum has endured a tumultuous history since its inception in the 18th century, but today it boasts over 100,000 pieces, almost all donated by private collectors. Highlights of the permanent collection include paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Otto Dix as well as an ornately decorated 17th-century cabinet displayed in perfect condition. The museum also hosts a series of temporary exhibitions.
Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 899 0200