Archaeology fans, art lovers, tinkerers and star-gazers take note: check the opening times, take your curiosity with you and head off to one of Mannheim's many museums. Whether deeply hidden treasures of Vietnam, masterpieces immortalised on canvas, a historical paddle steamer or the Milky Way - Mannheim's museums will awaken the instinct of discovery in you. Guaranteed. History, art, technology and the sky from new perspectives - this is what Mannheim's museum landscape offers.
A definite must for art and architecture fans is a visit to the "Kunsthalle Mannheim". With its spectacular new building, it creates completely new spaces for art. Founded over 100 years ago, the Kunsthalle Mannheim houses one of Germany's most prestigious civic collections. Here you will find everything from masterpieces by Manet and van Gogh and the outstanding "Screaming Pope" by Francis Bacon to sculptures by Auguste Rodin, as well as photographs and movies from the 19th and 20th centuries. By the way, the "New Objectivity" art movement got its name from an eponymous exhibition in the Kunsthalle Mannheim in 1925.
Each of the 12,600 square metres of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum Mannheim (rem) takes you into another world. The former arsenal attracts worldwide attention with its high-profile exhibitions made possible by international collaborations. As soon as you enter, your journey begins through two millennia of art and cultural history. Then, the world cultures section takes you on an impressive expedition 30,000 years into the past. Whether the lower jaw of the homo heidelbergensis or a magnificent jade sceptre that belonged to the Emperor of Vietnam - hidden gems from near and far are just waiting to inspire you.
If you thought museums were places of peace and reflection, you got the wrong impression. In the "Technoseum Mannheim" technology enthusiasts can get hands-on with the past - participation is expressly desired. You can actively follow the technological, social and economic changes of the past 200 years at numerous experimental stations. How do you build a bridge without it collapsing? What does a bat have to do with your car's parking aid? The "Elementa" future workshop will make you smarter when it comes to understanding and experiencing science. The historic paddle steamer moored on the Neckar is also a museum ship and exploration laboratory for nautical fans in one. If you are more of a landlubber, then take a look at the John Deere Forum. Filled with tractors, combine harvesters and shredders, this exhibition of machinery will take you deep into the world of agricultural engineering.
Stars and starlets await you in their thousands at the Planetarium Mannheim. Treat yourself to a trip to the moon or a walk across the Milky Way in one of Germany's oldest planetariums. The lifelike starry sky will enchant you in a form that can only otherwise be seen in very dark places or from outer space.
There is plenty of contemporary art on show in Mannheim's galleries. In the "Forum Internationale Fotografie", "Galerie Zephyr" or the "Altes Volksbad", you can enjoy a wide variety of works, from paintings by regional artists to minimalist photographs by international greats. Once a year, the Rhine-Neckar Gallery Association invites you to the "Short Night of the Galleries" event, where art lovers can catch a first, exclusive look at the latest masterpieces of the art year. Compressed in one place over an entire weekend: during the Mannheim gallery days, galleries present their artists in the "Mannheimer Kunstverein".