More than 20 museums are to be discovered in Bonn. Some of them are unique Germany-wide and have drawn several million visitors to date.
The so-called Museum Mile features art and culture from around the world. The Museum of Contemporary History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and the Bonn Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Bonn) have made names for themselves in the German and European museum world since their opening in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Museum Alexander Koenig (a zoological museum and research centre) and Deutsches Museum Bonn (modern technology) complete the Museum Mile.
Around 15 kilometres south of Bonn lies an extension of the Museum Mile in the shape of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. This combines a historic railway station with a modern museum building by star architect Richard Meier, displaying works by German-French artist Jean Arp and regular exhibitions. It can be reached by train, car or a picturesque bike ride along the Rhine. More information in German is available at www.arpmuseum.org.
Kunstcarré and more
The museum landscape continues in the northern part of Bonn, where seven exhibiting institutions have formed the Art Square (Kunstcarré). The museums present a great variety of exhibitions: from the witnesses of Rhenish history and culture and art from the old stone age to the present day at the Rhenish Regional Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) and modern art displayed at the Bonn's Art Association (Bonner Kunstverein). A most original museum of the Kunstcarré is, without doubt, the Women's Museum (Frauenmuseum), which was the first of its kind in Europe. Culture and art designed by and for women are presented in the setting of a former department store.