If you are looking for something to do on a cold and rainy winter afternoon, a visit to one of Luxembourg’s many museums might be just right for you. The museums are free for anyone under 21 and students under 26. Most museums can be found in the city centre within short walking distance from each other, making it easy to visit several museums in one day. To make your decision which ones to visit, here is a short breakdown of the different museums on offer:
Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art - MNAH (National Museum of History and Art)
Located at the former fishmarket, this is one of the biggest museums in Luxembourg. With its 10 floors, 5 of which are located underground, visitors are invited to start at the bottom floor, where the exhibition is focussed on prehistoric times, and then travel their way up through time. The museum has something to offer for everyone’s tastes, from archaeological artefacts to paintings and even a coin cabinet. One of the highlights is a Roman mosaic which was found in Vichten. The museum is closed on Mondays and admission to the permanent exhibition is free. More information can be found on their website.
In the middle of the municipal park you can find this wonderful, redeveloped 19th century villa that has been turned into a fine arts museum. The collection focusses on paintings from the 17th to the 19th century which were mostly acquired by private collectors, but visitors can also find sculptures and photographs in the museum. If you are looking for a museum with a calm and relaxing atmosphere this is the one for you. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and offers free entry for everyone on Fridays between 6 and 9 PM. More information can be found on their website.
Casino Luxembourg – Forum for Contemporary Art
Located in a 19th century building on Rue Notre-Dame, the former casino was turned into an art venue in 1994. Unlike the previously presented museums, its aim is to only represent contemporary art. What is special about this museum is that it has its own library, Infolab, in which works treating art history from the 60’s up until now can be found. Entrance to the library and its reading room is free. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, more information on their website.
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean – MUDAM (Luxembourg Museum of Modern Art)
A bit further away from the other museums, you can find the MUDAM which was inaugurated in 2006, in the Park Dräi Eechelen on the Kirchberg Plateau. The museum is dedicated to the late Grand-Duke Jean who opened the building. The museum has an impressive collection of contemporary art, including works from Andy Warhol, but also hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and admission is free on Wednesdays between 6 and 9 PM. More information on their website.
In case you don’t really enjoy going to art museums one of these museums might be a better fit for you:
Lëtzebuerg City Museum
The former City History Museum, offers visitors a permanent exhibition about the capital’s history over the course of more than 100 years. They offer a diverse collection of historical objects, offering a variety of ceramics, textiles and photographs, amongst others. Apart from this permanent exhibition, the museum also offers temporary exhibitions on a variety of topics. Currently they are offering some special Christmas themed activities for the whole family. The museum is conveniently located on rue du Saint-Esprit, in the heart of the old town and therefore close to other museums and sights. It is closed on Mondays and offers free entrance on Thursdays between 6 and 8 PM. More information can be found on their website.
Musée Dräi Eechelen – Fortress, History Identity
This museum is located in a historical building next to the MUDAM. Its permanent exhibition takes the visitors on a journey through the fortress’ history, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. The building alone, being a fort itself, is worth a visit. There are several interactive stations in the museums, making the visit more active. The museum is closed on Mondays and admission to the permanent exhibition is always free. More information on their website.
Natuur Musée – National Museum of Natural History
Located in the Grund this museum is probably the most interesting for children, as it offers a lot of interactive bits and interesting things to look at. The museum manages to explain natural history in an easy and entertaining way. The permanent exhibitions have been redeveloped in 2017 and now offer a better view on natural history than ever before. It is interesting to note that this is not only a museum but also a research institute which features the largest natural history collection of the country. The museum is closed on Mondays. More information on their website.
Bank Museum Luxembourg
This museum is located in the headquarters of the Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (Bcee) in the gare area. On a surface of 650 m2 he museum gives visitors an insight into the 160 year old banking tradition, with the focus lying on the bank’s evolution. The exhibition features a number of touchscreens and interactive stations, which will immerse visitors into the history of the bank. The museum is closed on weekends. More information on their website.
These are only some of the museums that can be found in the city centre, a variety of other museums can be found all over the country.