In spring 2019 the Struwwelpeter-Museum in Westend closed its doors to prepare for a very special step: The move to the new old town. In the house in which Goethe's aunt Elba once lived and from whose windows the poet prince described the hustle and bustle of the chicken market in "Dichtung und Wahrheit" (Poetry and Truth), tribute is now paid to another famous son of the city: the Frankfurt doctor and psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894). Almost 175 years after he invented the "Struwwelpeter" for his son only a few hundred metres away from the rebuilt old town, the museum was reopened by Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann in a ceremonial act on 23 September 2019.
Now the world's largest collection of exhibits from the picture book classic in two attractive half-timbered houses on the chicken market, reconstructed according to historical models, is open to the public again. And this on an exhibition area that is almost twice as large as the old museum at 600 square metres. "We made it," said Beate Zekorn-von Bebenburg, who has run the Struwwelpeter Museum for almost 30 years, relieved when she presented the new building to representatives of the press and the first enthusiastic children. "The new museum is full of stories to discover. It's a place to learn, play, think and talk for all generations," the museum director described the house.
In addition to well-known exhibits, there are many new things to discover. The museum now offers enough space for special exhibitions and events. In addition to the popular playroom, there is also the opportunity to dive interactively into the world of Struwwelpeter via digital stations. Of course, the book's great success story will also be addressed. More than 35 million copies were printed in German alone. Struwwelpeter "speaks" more than 40 languages and 80 German dialects. And it has produced numerous imitations and parodies, many of which can also be seen in the interactive exhibition. Rare book exhibits, kitsch and art or even parodies should appeal to visitors of all ages. And you can also learn a lot about Heinrich Hoffmann himself: in portraits, letters, sketches and first editions, Heinrich Hoffmann is presented as an author and illustrator, psychiatry reformer, politically interested citizen, loving family father and convinced Frankfurt citizen.
At the ceremony, the Lord Mayor emphasized not only the importance of Heinrich Hoffmann, but also that of his most famous creation: "The Struwwelpeter belongs to Frankfurt's cultural heritage. I am therefore delighted that the museum has now found its place in the heart of the city and wish it all the best at its new location," said Feldmann, adding: "Struwwelpeter is like Frankfurt: a little rebellious, but with his heart in the right place. The head of the city highlighted one area in particular: "I am particularly pleased about the interactive hands-on floor for children. It is lived ‚culture for all‘. Therefore, it is good and reasonable that the city supports the Struwwelpeter-Museum from its budget."
Apart from the exhibition space on the 1st floor, the 2nd floor of the Struwwelpeter-Museum offers a lot of space for the exhibition. OG space for special exhibitions, whereby "Der kubanische Struwwelpeter" with works by the Cuban artist Noa, who has transferred Hoffmann's old illustrations wittily and colourfully into the present of the tropical island, from 24.09.2019 - 31.03.2020 makes the beginning. On the ground floor, a beautiful museum shop invites even visitors who do not want to see the exhibitions to visit the Struwwelpeter Museum. In the shop there are some really nice things to buy, like Struwwelpeter cups, funny magnets (the Hans-guck-in-the-air once and today is just great!), Struwwelpeter squeaking ducks to the different Struwwelpeter editions. In the foyer you can also make a selfie with one of three large, illuminated figures.
Address: Hinter dem Lämmchen 2 - 4, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 - 18 o'clock
Adults 7 €, reduced 3,50 €
Children 0 - 5 years free, from 6 years 3,50 €
family card: 19 €
More info at: www.struwwelpeter-museum.de