Communication between people has many faces - and a long, interesting history. This is what the Museum of Communication tries to convey in an interesting, but also playful way. This already becomes clear when one meets the sheep made of old telephones in the entrance area, the first eye-catcher in the award-winning museum building. But the building, opened in 1958 as the Federal Postal Museum, has much more to offer on its four floors. In the basement, 2,500 square metres of the new permanent exhibition, which has been inspiring visitors since the summer of 2017, can be seen.
Roughly thirteen years after the last redesign of the permanent exhibition, the museum's basement is now all about retelling media history(s). Already known exhibits will be presented completely new and supplemented by numerous new exhibits. A clear structure is deliberately omitted. Rather, the visitor is to create individual links between the 44 theme islands - divided into the four phenomena of RISING, NETWORKING, CONTROL and PARTICIPATION. This makes a visit to the permanent exhibition always new, exciting and surprising.
Beyond the permanent exhibition, the museum has other highlights to offer. The museum café (be sure to try the homemade brownies!), the children's workshop and the area with the temporary exhibitions are always worth a visit. The children's workshop on the first floor offers small museum visitors the opportunity to deepen what they have learned during their tour of the museum in a playful way and to experiment for themselves. That does not only increase the fun factor, but provides also for the fact that the learned remains longer clinging.
Even if there is a broad offer for children and young people, a attendance of the museum for communication is certainly also for adults again and again a worthwhile thing. The permanent exhibitions that are set up here are always educational, original and extremely entertaining. For it is not only the case that interesting themes such as the effect of advertising campaigns, message in a bottle, love letters, the relationship between man and machine or a Jewish century on shellac and vinyl are chosen for the exhibitions. The extremely creative implementation of the respective presentations is also always a real experience.
The Museum of Communication shows very well that the transfer of knowledge and playful entertainment do not have to be mutually exclusive, but can also complement each other perfectly. In addition, it becomes clear here that even simple things from everyday life can play an important role, especially if they are a means of communication. A very beautiful museum, which not only inspires architecturally. We like being here again and again! You also?
Wo? Schaumainkai 53, 60596 Frankfurt am Main
When? Tue - Fri 09 - 18 o'clock, Sat/Sun + holiday 11 - 19 o'clock
More information about the program and the current exhibitions can be found under: http://www.mfk-frankfurt.de/