Museums and cultural centers

Cultural and artistic outings in Luxembourg

All art lovers should find their happiness in Luxembourg. The international dimension and the status of European capital give Luxembourg City a significant cultural dimension.
The museums and other cultural and artistic centers of Luxembourg reflect this.
Come and visit them to better understand the Luxembourgish culture.
See also creative and artistic activities in Luxembourg

Museums in Luxembourg

There are many interesting museums in Luxembourg City and elsewhere in the country. Visiting them allows you to better understand the history of the Grand Duchy and the culture of Luxembourg. Luxembourg City is full of museums that are an integral part of Luxembourg’s cultural heritage.

Museum events

Several annual events are regularly organized in the country’s museums. Of particular note are the Luxembourg Museum Days and the Night of the Museums which allow you to discover this heritage during a special opening.
During these events, free activities are offered such as guided tours, workshops for all, conferences, and other surprises such as refreshments or snacks. Do not hesitate to participate.

Museum subscriptions and admissions

The museums of the City of Luxembourg offerfree admission to all young people under 21 years of age and to all students up to 26 years of age.

The annual inter-museum pass is available in different forms: individual, couple, family, etc. With it, you will have free annual access to all the city’s museums, invitations to openings, lectures and special guided tours, as well as discounts on certain exhibition catalogs.
For more information, visit www.museumsmile.lu .

The museums of Luxembourg City

Lëtzebuerg City Museum

Located in the heart of the city of Luxembourg, this museum is the perfect union between ancient and modern architecture. The Lëtzebuerg City Museum or Musée d’Histoire de Luxembourg tells the visitor the history of the city through permanent exhibitions such as “The Luxembourg Story – more than 1000 years of urban history” or temporary exhibitions. We find here thehistory of the foundation of the city and its evolution through the centuries, thanks to a collection of objects of all kinds, video or photo documentaries, interactive multimedia applications. The visitor also discovers a 3D model and an interactive table to familiarize himself with the urbanistic problems of a multi-level city.
Regularly, temporary exhibitions are presented to the public to highlight a particular aspect of the city’s history.
Virtual tours are also available, such as the “Mapping Luxembourg”, which allows you to compare historical and current maps of the City of Luxembourg

Casino Luxembourg – Forum of Contemporary Art

Named after the former “Casino Bourgeois” built in 1882 in the historical heart of the city of Luxembourg, The Forum d’Art Contemporain Casino Luxembourg has been dedicated since 1996 to contemporary creation in all its forms. In a place of very classical architecture, it offers a complete program of cultural activities: exhibitions, video and film screenings, temporary exhibitions of recognized artists or new talents.
The Casino also has an open access library called InfoLab. Books dedicated to contemporary art as well as files on local artists are available to visitors.
The Forum d’Art Contemporain is also a place for meetings and cultural exchanges. Franz Liszt gave a spontaneous recital here in 1886 for his last public appearance.

Museum of Modern Art – MUDAM Luxembourg

The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is a place of extraordinary architecture. It was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei (1917-2019), also architect of many famous buildings in the world. The new building is based on the old walls of the fortress. The lighting in the museum is spectacular.
MUDAM offers a complete program ofartistic activities, workshops and conferences for all ages and all audiences.
Every year, the MUDAM hosts the Marché des créateurs.

Museum Dräi Eechelen – Fort Thüngen

Historic fortress, symbol of the history of Luxembourg, Fort Thüngen dates from 1732. It is known as “Dräi Eechelen” (Three Acorns) because of the particular shape of its acorn-shaped towers. Partially razed during the dismantling of 1867, the remains of the fort and its surroundings were uncovered, restored and rebuilt to house the Dräi Eechelen Museum.
You will discover the history of the Thungen fortress but also the history of Luxembourg from the Middle Ages to the 20th century through the architecture of the Fort, its underground galleries and its mines. An underground gallery leads to another fort below, the Obergrunewald. The projection of the film “Luxembourg 4D” allows to know better the history of Luxembourg in the 20th century.
Take the opportunity to walk in the landscaped garden of the Parc des Trois Glands around.

National Museum of History and Art – MNHA

The National Museum of History and Art of Luxembourg is located in the historic district of Luxembourg. The museum is very popular with young and old alike. Five underground levels dug into the limestone rock give the visits a very particular atmosphere in accordance with the periods visited (prehistory, protohistory and Gallo-Roman period). You will also find a collection of coins and medals, decorative and popular arts, fine arts with a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as temporary exhibitions .

You can visit the museum in 3D on the MNHA website.
Every two years, the MNHA hosts the Night of Research (early November) organized in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History, the Traffo(Les Rotondes) and the Science Festival (after All Saints’ Day): meetings and experiments with researchers, laboratory visits, etc.
The National Museum of History and Art is also in charge of the archaeological excavations in Luxembourg.

National Museum of Natural History – MNHN

Installed in the Grund district since 1996, The Natur Museum is one of the richest and most interesting museums in the Grand Duchy. It provides a better understanding of the natural sciences. It also has a mission of scientific research and conservation of natural heritage. It offers visitors a detailed view of Luxembourg, its inhabitants and its geography.

More broadly, it also traces the birth of the universe and the evolution of life on earth. Temporary exhibitions on different themes such as rats or bears, the discovery of volcanoes or ice ages, taste or even the Marsupilami are regularly proposed.

Villa Vauban, Museum of Art

The Villa Vauban houses the Art Museum of the City of Luxembourg. The ancient art collections presented in this 19th century bourgeois house were assembled by wealthy private families in the 18th and 19th centuries. Located in the beautiful Municipal Park, the Villa has been renovated and extended with a contemporary extension in 2010. After the tour, take a stroll through the park and take your kids to the Monterey Park Pirate Ship!
In summer, the Villa Vauban installs deckchairs in its park and offers many summer activities.

All these museums also offer a restaurant or a café/bar to eat. Guided tours for families are regularly organized on specific themes, as well as the possibility of celebrating your child’s birthday at the museum with friends .
Art workshops for children are also offered during school vacations. Ask the museums for more information.

Museum of Cinema

Created in 1996, the Cinémathèque municipale de la Ville de Luxembourg is first and foremost a true Museum of Cinema .

Its mission is to preserve and promote the international film heritage. Member of the International Federation of Film Archives since 1983, the Cinémathèque has one of the most important collections of film archives in Europe: film prints, photos, movie posters, books, magazines, etc.

Streetcar and Bus Museum

The public transport service of the city of Luxembourg exhibits its old vehicles in this building reminiscent of the streetcar depots, specially designed in Luxembourg-Hollerich, the “Tramsmusée” inaugurated in 1991.

In this exhibition you will discover the history of public transport in Luxembourg. The tour starts in the era of the horse-drawn tramway (in operation from 1875 to 1908) with a replica of a horse-drawn tramway. Then you will find old electric engines, a Ford vehicle for the maintenance of catenaries, old buses perfectly restored, scale models, photographic documents, films, various objects such as maps and plans, uniforms of controllers, tickets, …

Did you know that before the new tramway went into service in 2017, a tramway ran in Luxembourg City 50 years ago? The last electric tramway (car n°34 exposed in the Museum and in operation during the guided tours) ran until 1964 on the line 10 between the Place du Théâtre and Walferdange.

Please also visit our page dedicated to tourism, where you will find other Luxembourg museums.

Association les Amis des Musées d’Art et d’Histoire Luxembourg

The Friends of the Museums of Luxembourg association contributes to the preservation of the cultural heritage and the enrichment of the museum collections.
With the membership card, you benefit from the unlimited free admission to affiliated museums throughout the year, as well as invitations to specific events of the association (vernissages, midis de l’art, guided tours, trips, etc.).
For more information, please visit amisdesmusees.lu.

Cultural centers in Luxembourg

Ask for information in your municipality of residence. Municipalities often have a local cultural center offering a very varied program with various cultural events: music, theater, opera, cabaret, readings and conferences.

Of particular note are the following Cultural Centers.

The Abbey of Neumünster Cultural Center of Encounter

The Abbey is a majestic site, nestled at the foot of theold Bock fortress in the historic district of Luxembourg-Grund. In turn a Benedictine monastery in the 16th century, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 17th century, the abbey became a police station during the French Revolution, then a Prussian barracks after the departure of Napoleonic troops and finally a state prison during the German occupation.

In 1977, Neimënster Abbey became a Cultural and Meeting Centre. Its unique geographical location and picturesque setting make it an unmissable place for amazing cultural events: concerts, festivals(Siren’s Call Festival), shows, exhibitions, debates, symposiums, artistic creations, etc. Take the time to stroll along the banks of the Alzette near the Abbey.

Cercle Cité cultural center in Luxembourg

Located in the heart of the Luxembourg capital, the Cercle Cité opened its doors in 2011 in its current configuration, after numerous renovations. The Cercle Cité consists of the Cercle Municipal, a beautiful historical building overlooking the Place d’Armes since 1909. It was the scene of historic events. Official dinners were given there during visits of foreign heads of state. Prince Félix greeted the liberation of Luxembourg from the German occupation in 1944.

Connected by a glass bridge, the contemporary socio-cultural center built on the site of the former Ciné-Cité is the new meeting place for all types of cultural events: music concerts, conferences, exhibitions, literature in the library/media center.

Several rooms, including an amphitheater and lounges (including a 250-person banquet room) can be rented for events. The library and media library contains Luxembourgish, French, German and English literature. Agenda of events and information on the Cercle Cité website.

The CAPE, Centre des Arts Pluriels Edouard Juncker, located in Ettelbruck

CAPE is the decentralized platform for culture in Luxembourg. With its eclectic and varied programming, where cultural diversity is honored, the CAPE offers nearly a hundred shows a year in its three beautiful halls.

Designed by the architect Henri Jonas, and opened in 2000, the Centre des Arts Pluriels d’Ettelbrück offers shows for all tastes, including for children and a young audience.

The program covers all types of artistic expression. It is open to foreign artists as well as to young Luxembourgish creation. You can attend dance, music, circus, opera, literary events or visual arts. The Centre des Arts Pluriels also allows associations in the region to benefit from its facilities. It offers the possibility to young Luxembourgish talents to express themselves and to be known. Conference cycles are also organized there. Check the schedule on the website www.cape.lu.

The cultural house Cube 521 in Marnach, Clervaux

Its vocation is to make the world of culture and arts known and spread in the northern region of Luxembourg . It is in a very contemporary architectural setting, in harmony with its environment that the Cultural Center of Marnach welcomes all audiences, adults and children. Cube 521 is a place for meetings and high quality performances. Whether for meetings, conventions or conferences, Cube 521 welcomes visitors in a large room equipped with the latest technology. More information is available on the website www.cube521.lu.

Cultural Circle of the European Institutions in Luxembourg

It offers many activities and animations in various artistic, cultural and computer fields. The activities are also open to people not working in the European institutions. All nationalities and fields are represented. The following activities can be found there: oenology, ceramics, chess, painting, goldsmithing, singing, games of reflection, video, French, Italian, Romanian, Czech and Slovak theater, philately, numismatics, photo club, popular, Hungarian, Spanish, Romanian, Scottish and Greek dances, Greek cinema and theater, concerts, Bulgarian, Irish, Latin American and Portuguese cultures, art history, etc. Information and registration on the website www.cercleculturel.lu.

The country’s libraries are also a gold mine for information and cultural activities. Do not hesitate to visit them

Furthermore, the diversity of Luxembourg’s population has allowed the emergence of many cultural centers of foreign communities living in Luxembourg.