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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www.mhvl.lu
en.wikipedia.org

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Nathan Bowman (4 months ago)
Well worth a visit and it's a great family outing. The panoramic lift is special.
Cassandra Ellis (4 months ago)
Well done. Very nice museum of Luxembourg history and interesting special exhibits. Can everything in under 2 hours.
alfahad91 (7 months ago)
Quite a nice and interactive museum about the history of Luxembourg. It also has a nice terrace! 5€ entrance fees.
Maryam Klidsar (8 months ago)
An interesting museum where you can find out about the Luxembourg history and evolution of its culture, and social development. It is highly recommended if you want to have an overview of the city as a tourist or even if you are living there. The museum building is a mix of old and new structures as parts of the museum are houses dating back to the 17th century and also there is a modern glass view of the museum extension. The entrance fee for adults is 5 euros but it is free on Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Gavin Hodgson (9 months ago)
A super museum in the heart of Luxembourg city which shows the development of the city from its origins to present day. Beautifully renovated, with a central glass elevator which descends through the building into its bedrock and serves as a metaphor for the visitor's travel back through time, each successive floor takes you through the stages of the city's growth. Prices are very reasonable and all displays are in clean working order (February 2021). Wholeheartedly recommended.
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