Luxembourg City History Museum

Luxemburg, Luxembourg

The Luxembourg City History Museum illustrates the thousand-year history of the City of Luxembourg with both permanent and temporary exhibits.

Like the city itself, the museum successfully combines ancient architecture with modern extensions. It is housed in four restored houses from the 17th to the 19th century which still bear archeological traces from the Middle Ages. Examples of how to combine old buildings with the expectations of museum visitors are the floating glass façade and the panoramic lift which offers extensive views of all floors. The huge glass cage of the lift gives up to 65 people views of the rock foundations on the lower levels as well as views of the city's Grund district and Rham plateau on the upper levels, revealing the stages of Luxembourg's history over the centuries. Also of interest are the ancient, vaulted cellars which were discovered during excavation work in the early 1990s.

The floors below the street level entrance house a permanent collection illustrating the town's architectural and urban development while the upper floors are reserved for temporary exhibitions. A multimedia system extending throughout the building documents the history of the town including its cultural, political and social development. It provides access to some ten thousand documents and almost sixty audio-visual sequences.



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Founded: 1996
Category: Museums in Luxembourg


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Riz Millanzi (4 months ago)
I really enjoyed my visit at the Luxembourg City Museum, which is free for students under 26 and includes another local gallery also. The main exhibit offers a comprehensive history of Luxembourg and spans multiple floors, all accessible by both lifts and stairs. The centrepiece of the Museum is a gorgeous panoramic lift, and the terrace offers a lovely view out over the city.
Caro SD (5 months ago)
Beautiful museum. The exhibition is larger than what I expected. It was very interesting to learn more about Luxembourg city. We spent about 3 hours in total and could have spent more time there.
Leah O'Cuinneagain (6 months ago)
I've visited this museum several times over the years. It's a modern museum about the history of the city and gives a good snapshot for someone who hasn't visited before. There's a lot to read, which I like, but it might not be suitable for visitors with small children for this reason. It's close to the centre of town and there are lots of cafés and bars nearby, which is convenient. There are lockers inside to store coats and bags, which the staff do make you use- they won't allow you to take in any handbags or even small backpacks. There are a lot of places within the exhibitions to sit if you need to rest, the lighting isn't too bright and the temperature is cool.
Gary Collier (7 months ago)
Don't let the understated exterior and entrance put you off, this is an excellent museum, and great place to spend a couple of hours. Whilst the space is not huge, it is arranged over a number of floors, with all of the exhibit areas very carefully and tastefully put together. The entrance fee is only 5 euros. The three lower levels consist of a permanent History of Luxembourg exhibition, showing the evolution of the city through the ages, and the numerous complex factors that have played a part in shaping the Luxembourg of the day. The upper three levels house a temporary exhibition, with a captivating look at "associations" (guilds, clubs, other tribes of people) on our visit.
Nhung Chu (7 months ago)
Luxembourg is a tiny country but its has a definite strength for growth. I didn’t plan to visit the museum, just walked by and got in but it kept me around 2 hours going around. It’s so good to know Luxembourg from a little village gradually growing up in the central Europe yet still managed to keep it its independence and glamour. The museum has cool touches of technology, history, design and souvenirs that you will definitely love it. I got free admission to the museum as I am a student in EU. However, if I have to pay for it, I think it’s still worth the price. This is one of my favorite museum on earth. An additional point is that on the 5th (?) floor, there is a gallery of posters through the year and you can vote for the one you prefer when I came there last January, which is really awesome. Maybe when you come, there will be something interesting to see.
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