The Historical Museum Frankfurt was reopened in fall of 2017. Eight years prior, Steiner Sarnen Schweiz developed a narrative master plan for renovations in collaboration with the museum’s staff. This master plan served as the foundation for tenders in regards to the exhibition’s creation. The bid was won by the Dutch agency Kossmann.deJong and the working group Gillmann + Schnegg of Basel.
In developing the master plan, sensibly structuring the building’s sections was of central concern. Due to the building’s complex mix of old and new components, it was important to rethink the flow of visitors in addition to making the various offers already in the entrance zone more legible.
Numerous collections are exhibited in the old section. Meanwhile, the new section offers guests a variety of perspectives on Frankfurt as a world city and center of commerce and trade. Meanwhile, in the city laboratory, the museum relies on help from visitors. Here one can listen to the thoughts of a homeless person or a banker, or even write one’s own story. The old and new sections are retained as a joint attraction: All eight spectacular models are displayed inside an oversized crystal ball. Among other things, they represent the facets of Frankfurt: The commercial, criminal, capital, or critical. An industrial robot lifts up the beautifully rendered work of art within the glass ball.
Facts & Figures
Historical Museum Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Master plan for the renovation of the Historical Museum Frankfurt, 2009
Implementation: Kossmann.deJong, Amsterdam; ARGE Gillmann + Schnegg, Basel