How did it once live in the old town of Frankfurt? From the outside the houses of the "new old town" are beautifully reconstructed. Inside, however, the present has moved in. At least in most houses. In the Haus zur Goldenen Waage, one of the most beautiful half-timbered buildings from the Renaissance, interested visitors can now immerse themselves in the past and see how the wealthy merchant family van Hamel might have lived there in the 17th century.
Because the two upper floors of the front building are now museum rooms of the Historical Museum. They were furnished with furniture, paintings and everyday objects from the 17th and 18th centuries, as the merchant family who built the house in 1618 might have possessed them. These museum rooms can now be visited as part of guided tours. The highlight of every tour is the "Belvederchen" with its view of the cathedral and the surrounding roofs. Public guided tours take place daily - except on Monday - at 4 p.m. and start in the foyer of the Historisches Museum im Saalhof.
"Not only will the reconstruction of the Golden Scales be completed with the installation of museum rooms, but a shining keystone will also be set for the entire Dom-Römer project. After 14 years of discussion, planning and realisation, this major and extraordinary urban repair in the historic centre of Frankfurt is now coming to an end", emphasises Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann. As early as 1899, the city had acquired this important 17th century monument and in 1913 handed it over to the Historical Museum. On 22 March 1944, the Golden Scales - like most of Frankfurt's Old Town - were destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. The house disappeared from the cityscape - until the detailed reconstruction in the course of the Dom-Römer-Project (2014-2018).
The entrance fee is 8 €/erm. 4 € + 6 € Guided tour fee (the ticket includes the permanent exhibitions of the museum).
Individual group tours (max. 20 people) can also be booked through the Visitor Service and cost 220 € per group, on weekends/holidays 240 €, foreign language + 10 €.
The entrances to the Golden Scales in the house are unfortunately not barrier-free.
You can also find more information under: https://www.historisches-museum-frankfurt.de/de/goldene-waage#Goldene_waage