Art and culture in Luxembourg
All art lovers should be happy in Luxembourg. Its international dimension and its status as a European capital endow it a significant cultural dimension. Visit its museums and cultural centers to better understand the Luxembourg culture.
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Museums in Luxembourg
There are many interesting museums in Luxembourg City and elsewhere in the country to visit, to better understand the history of the Grand Duchy and Luxembourg culture. The city of Luxembourg is full of museums which are an integral part of the Luxembourgian cultural heritage.
Events in museum
Several annual events are regularly organized allowing visitors to discover this heritage. The “Luxembourg Museum Days” consists of a free opening weekend of some forty museums.
The Museum Night, traditionally organised every year since 2001, enables art lovers to visit the 7 museums of the City of Luxembourg at night. Activities are offered such as special guided tours, workshops for all, conferences, and other surprises such as refreshments or snacks. Feel free to participate.
Subscriptions and museum admissions
An annual card Museum Pass, is available with many different options: individual, couple, family, etc. Thanks to this card, you’ll get an annual free access to all city museums, invitations to exhibition previews, special guided tours and discounts on some exhi- bition catalogues.
Moreover, entrance is free for the under 21’s and students under 26 to all Luxembourg City’s museums. For more information, visit www.museumsmile.lu.
The museums of Luxembourg
Lëtzebuerg City Museum
Located in the heart of Luxembourg City, a perfect union between ancient and modern architecture, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum or Luxembourg History Museum tells the visitor the history of the City through permanent exhibitions, including “The Luxembourg Story – more than 1000 years of urban history” or temporary exhibitions. The history of the foundation of the city and its evolution through the centuries is told here thanks to a collection of objects of all kinds, video or photo documentaries and interactive multimedia applications. Visitors also discover a 3D model and an interactive table to familiarize themselves with the urban planning issues of a city on several levels.
Regularly, temporary exhibitions are presented to the public in order to highlight a particular aspect of the city’s history.
Virtual tours are also offered, such as the “Mapping Luxembourg”, which allows the comparison of the historical and current plans of the City of Luxembourg.
Casino Luxembourg – Contemporary Art Forum
Named after the former “Casino Bourgeois” built in 1882 in the historic 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 despite its very classical architecture. It offers a full programme of cultural activities: exhibitions, video and film screenings, temporary exhibitions of well-known artists or new talents.
The Casino also has a free access library called InfoLab with books dedicated to contemporary art as well as files on local artists.
The Forum d’Art Contemporain also aims to be a place for meetings and cultural exchanges, like the last public performance of Franz Liszt, who gave a spontaneous recital there in 1886.
Museum of Modern Art – MUDAM Luxembourg
The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art is a place of outstanding architecture, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei (1917-2019), also architect of many famous buildings in the world. The new building is based on the ancient walls of the fortress. The brightness in the museum is spectacular.
The MUDAM is a full programme of artistic activities, workshops and lectures for all ages and audiences.
The MUDAM is home to the annual Creators’ Market.
Dräi Eechelen Museum – Fort Thüngen
Historic fortress, symbol of the history of Luxembourg, Fort Thüngen dates from 1732 and is known as “Dräi Eechelen” (Three Acorns) due to the particular shape of its acorn-shaped towers. Partially razed to the ground during the dismantling of 1867, the remains of the fort and its surroundings have been excavated, restored and rebuilt to house the Dräi Eechelen Museum.
The history of the Thungen fortress is presented here, 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 gives access to another fort below, that of Obergrunewald. The projection of the film “Luxembourg 4D” allows a better understanding of the history of Luxembourg in the 20th century.
Take the opportunity to take a walk in the landscaped garden of the surrounding Parc des Trois Glands.
National Museum of History and Art – MNHA
The Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art de Luxembourg is located in the historic district of Luxembourg. The museum is very popular. Five underground levels dug into the limestone rock give the visits a very special 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.
The MNHA hosts every 2 years alternately the Night of Research (early November) organized in collaboration between the Museum of Natural History and 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 carried out in Luxembourg.
National Museum of Natural History – MNHN
Installed in the Grund district since 1996, the Natur Musée 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 the natural heritage. It offers visitors a detailed vision of Luxembourg, its inhabitants and its geography. More broadly, it also retraces 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 periods of glaciation, taste or even Marsupilami are regularly proposed.
Villa Vauban, Art Museum
The Villa Vauban houses the Musée d’Art de la Ville de Luxembourg. The old collections of works of art presented in this 19th century bourgeois house were collected by wealthy private families in the 18th and 19th centuries. Situated in the superb Parc Municipal in Luxembourg, the Villa was renovated and extended by a contemporary extension in 2010. At the end of the visit, take the opportunity to stroll in the park and take your children to the pirate ship!
In the summer, Villa Vauban installs deckchairs in its park and offers many activities.
These museums also offer a restaurant or a café/bar to eat in. Guided family tours are regularly organised on specific themes, as well as the possibility to celebrate your child’s birthday at the museum with friends.
Art workshops for children are also offered during the school holidays. Ask the museums for more information.
Museum of Tramways and Buses
The public transport service of the city of Luxembourg exposes its old vehicles in this building reminiscent of tram depots, specially developed in Luxembourg-Hollerich, the “Tramsmuseum” inaugurated in 1991.
You will discover in this very rich exhibition the history of public public transport in Luxembourg, since the time of the horse-drawn tram (operating from 1875 to 1908) with a replica of a tram pulled by a horse, old electric drives, a Ford vehicle for the maintenance of catenaries, perfectly restored old buses, scale models, photographic documents, films, various objects such as maps and plans, uniforms of controllers , transport tickets, …
Do you know that before the new tramway put into service in 2017, a tramway was in circulation in Luxembourg City 50 years ago? The last electric tram (car No. 34 on display in the museum and in operation during guided tours) ran until 1964 on line 10 between Theater Square and Walferdange. It has been then replaced by buses.
Association Friends of the Museums of Art and History Luxembourg
The Association “Les Amis des Musées d’Art et d’Histoire” contributes to the safeguarding of cultural heritage and the enrichment of museum collections.
Thanks to the membership card, you benefit from unlimited admission to affiliated museums throughout the year as well as invitations to specific events of the association (vernissages, art lunches, guided tours, trips, etc.)
Cultural centers in Luxembourg
The following Cultural Centres are particularly noteworthy:
- Neumünster Abbey Cultural & Meeting Center is a majestic site, nestled at the foot of the old Bock fortress in the historic district of Luxembourg-Grund. Alternately Benedictine monastery in the 16th century, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 17th century, the abbey becomes a police station under the French Revolution, a Prussian barracks after the departure of Napoleon troops and finally a state prison during the German occupation. In 1977, the Abbey of Neimënster becomes Cultural Center and Meeting. Its unique geographical situation and picturesque scenery make it a must-see venue for amazing cultural encounters such as concerts, festivals (Festival “Siren’s call”), shows, exhibitions, debates, colloquiums, artistic creations, etc. Take the time to stroll along the banks of the Alzette River near the Abbey.
- Cercle Cité cultural centre in Luxembourg: located in the heart of the Luxembourg capital, the Cercle Cité in its current configuration opened its doors in 2011 after numerous renovations. The Cercle Cité is made up of the Cercle municipal, a beautiful historical building overlooking the Place d’Armes since 1909. It was the scene of historical events such as official dinners during visits of foreign Heads of State or the greetings of Prince Félix in 1944 during the liberation of Luxembourg from German occupation. Linked by a glass bridge, the contemporary socio-cultural centre built on the site of the former Ciné-Cité is the new venue for exchanges and meetings for all types of cultural events: music concerts, conferences, exhibitions, literature, etc.
- CAPe, Centre des Arts Pluriels Edouard Juncker, located in Ettelbruck, is the decentralised platform for culture in Luxembourg. With its eclectic and varied programme, where cultural diversity is in the spotlight, the CAPe offers nearly a hundred shows a year in its 3 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 children and young audiences. The programme covers all types of artistic expression and is open to both foreign artists and young Luxembourg creations. It includes dance, music, circus, opera, literary events and visual arts. The Centre des Arts Pluriels also enables associations in the region to benefit from its infrastructure and thus offers young Luxembourgish talent the opportunity to express themselves and make themselves known. Conference cycles are also organised there. Check the programme on the website www.cape.lu.
- The cultural house Cube 521 in Marnach in the commune of Clervaux aims to promote and disseminate the world of culture and the arts in the northern region of Luxembourg. In a very contemporary architectural setting, in harmony with its environment, the Marnach Cultural Centre welcomes all audiences, adults and children, to make the Cube 521 a place for meetings and high-quality shows. Whether for meetings, congresses, conferences, the Cube 521 meets all requests and welcomes you in a large room equipped with the latest technology or in meeting rooms. More information on the website www.cube521.lu.
- The Cultural Circle of European Institutions in Luxembourg organises many activities in very varied fields: arts, culture, computer science, etc. Activities are also open to people who do not work in the European institutions.
All nationalities and fields are represented. The following activities are offered: oenology, ceramics, chess, painting, goldsmithing, singing, reflection games, video, French theatre, Italian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, philately, numismatics, photo club, folk dances, Hungarian, Spanish, Romanian, Scottish, Greek, Greek, Greek cinema and theatre, concerts, Bulgarian, Irish, Latin American, Portuguese, art history, etc. Information and registration on the website www.cercleculturel.lu.
- CID Fraen an Gender is an information and documentation center on all issues related to feminism, gender and male-female equality. It exists since 1992. Possibility to borrow books, CDs and sheet music. More than 20,000 books available, media library, … More information about gender equality in Luxembourg
The country’s libraries are also a gold mine for information and cultural activities. Feel free to visit them
In addition, Luxembourg’s diversity in terms of population has led to the emergence of many cultural centres of foreign communities living in Luxembourg.