Museums and cultural centers

Museums, cultural centers Luxembourg

Cultural and artistic outings in Luxembourg

Lovers of art and culture should find what they're looking for in Luxembourg. Luxembourg City's international dimension and status as a European capital give it a significant cultural dimension. Luxembourg's museums and other cultural and artistic centers reflect this. Come and visit them to gain a better understanding of Luxembourg culture.

Find out more about museums and cultural centers in Luxembourg.

Visit Luxembourg museums

Luxembourg has many interesting museums. Visiting these museums gives you a better understanding of the Grand Duchy's history and culture. Luxembourg City is packed with museums that are an integral part of Luxembourg's cultural heritage.

Events in Luxembourg museums

Several annual events are regularly organized in the country's museums. Of particular note are Luxembourg Museum Days. Many of the country's museums open their doors to visitors free of charge. The Nuit des Musées (Night of the Museums ) provides an opportunity to discover the heritage of Luxembourg City's museums in a special atmosphere.

During these events, free activities are offered such as guided tours, workshops for all, conferences, and other surprises such as refreshments and snacks. Don't hesitate to join in.

Luxembourg museum passes and admissions

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

The annual inter-museum pass gives you free access to all the city's museums. It is available in a variety of formulas: individual, couple, family, etc. It also entitles you to invitations to vernissages, lectures and special guided tours. You can also benefit from discounts on certain exhibition catalogs.
For further information, visit www.museumsmile.lu .

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

The Association des Amis des Musées de Luxembourg contributes to safeguarding cultural heritage and enriching museum collections.

Your membership card entitles you to unlimited free admission, as well as invitations to the association's special events (vernissages, art lunches, guided tours, trips, etc.).
For further information, visit amisdesmusees.lu.

All these museums also offer a restaurant or café/bar for refreshments.

Family tours are regularly organized on specific themes, as is the possibility of celebrating your child's birthday at the museum with friends.

Most museums also offer art workshops for children during the school vacations. Ask your museum for details.

Museums of Luxembourg City

Lëtzebuerg City Museum in Luxembourg

Designed by Luxembourg architect Conny Lentz, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum is the Musée d'Histoire de Luxembourg. Located in the heart of Luxembourg City, this museum is the perfect blend of ancient and modern architecture.

The permanent exhibition "The Luxembourg Story" retraces more than 1,000 years of urban history. Well worth a visit. It tells thestory of Luxembourg City through the centuries. A collection of objects of all kinds, video and photo documentaries, and interactive multimedia applications tell the story of the capital's evolution over the centuries.

Visitors will also discover a 3D model and an interactive table to familiarize themselves with the urban planning issues of a multi-level city. Mapping Luxembourg" allows visitors to virtually compare historical and current maps of the City of Luxembourg.

Regular temporary exhibitions focus on a particular aspect of the town's history.

The Lëtzebuerg City Museum also organizes the Urban History Festival, which honors one of Luxembourg City's neighborhoods each year. The aim? To shed light in situ on some of the capital's historic sites. Much better than a visit to a museum!

Dräi Eechelen Museum - Fort Thüngen in Luxembourg

Fort Thüngen dates back to 1732. It is the historic fortress and symbol of Luxembourg's history. Known as "Dräi Eechelen" (Three Acorns) for the distinctive shape of its acorn-shaped towers, it stands out in the modernism of the Kirchberg district.

Partially razed when the fort was dismantled in 1867, the remains of the fort and its surroundings were uncovered, restored and rebuilt to house the Dräi Eechelen Museum, next to the MUDAM Museum of Modern Art.

Here you can discover the history of the Thüngen fortress, as well as the history of Luxembourg from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, through the fort's architecture, underground galleries and mines. An underground gallery provides access to another fort below, Obergrunewald.

The screening of the film "Luxembourg 4D" gives a better understanding of Luxembourg's history in the 20th century.

While you're there, take a stroll through the landscaped gardens of the Parc des Trois Glands.

Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art - MNHA in Luxembourg

The Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art de Luxembourg is also located in the central, historic district of Luxembourg City. This museum is very popular with young and old alike, as it reconciles history with art.

Five underground levels cut into the limestone rock give tours a very special atmosphere, in keeping with the periods visited (prehistory, protohistory and Gallo-Roman times).

You'll 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 2 years, the MNHA hosts the Nuit de la Recherche (early November), organized in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, the Traffo (Les Rotondes) and the Festival des Sciences (after All Saints' Day). These events offer opportunities to meet and experiment with researchers, visit laboratories and more.

The Musée national d'histoire et d'art is also responsible for archaeological excavations in Luxembourg.

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain in Luxembourg

Casino Luxembourg takes its name from the former "Casino Bourgeois" built in 1882 in the historic district of Luxembourg City. Since 1996, the Casino Luxembourg Forum d'Art Contemporain has been dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms.

In a very classical architectural setting, it offers a full program of cultural activities, including exhibitions, video and film screenings, and temporary shows by well-known artists and new talents.

The Forum d'Art Contemporain also has an open-access library called InfoLab. Here, visitors can find books on contemporary art and dossiers on local artists.

The Forum d'Art Contemporain is also a place for cultural encounters and exchanges. Franz Liszt gave a spontaneous recital here in 1886 for his last public appearance.

Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean - MUDAM Luxembourg

The Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean is a unique architectural landmark in the Kirchberg district.

The building was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei (1917-2019), also architect of many world-famous buildings. The new building is based on the walls of theformer Luxembourg fortress. The light in the museum is spectacular.

MUDAM offers a full program ofartistic activities, workshops and conferences for all ages and all audiences.

MUDAM and Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain take part in the Luxembourg City Film Festival.

Villa Vauban, Art Museum, Luxembourg

The Villa Vauban is home to the Musée d'Art de la Ville de Luxembourg. This 19th-century bourgeois house houses ancient collections of works of art assembled by several wealthy Luxembourg families in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Located in Luxembourg City's superb Parc Municipal, the Villa was renovated and extended with a contemporary addition in 2010. After your visit, take a stroll in the park and take your children to the pirate ship in Monterey Park!

In summer, the Vauban art museum installs deckchairs in its park and offers a wide range of summer activities.

Cinémathèque - Film museum in Luxembourg

Founded in 1996, the Cinémathèque municipale de la Ville de Luxembourg is first and foremost a genuine film museum.

Its mission is to preserve and promote the world's cinematographic heritage. A member of the International Federation of Film Archives since 1983, the Cinémathèque boasts one of the largest collections of film archives in Europe: film prints, photos, posters, books, magazines, etc.

Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle - MNHN in Luxembourg

Located in the Grund district since 1996, the Natur Musée is one of the Grand Duchy's richest and most interesting museums. It offers visitors a detailed view of Luxembourg, its people and its geography.

This museum provides a better understanding of the natural sciences. It also has a mission of scientific research and conservation of natural heritage.

More broadly, it also traces the birth of the universe and the evolution of life on earth. Other temporary exhibitions on themes such as rats or bears, the discovery of volcanoes or ice ages, taste or even the Marsupilami regularly attract new visitors.

Luxembourg streetcar and bus museum

Luxembourg City's public transport service exhibits its old vehicles in a specially designed building in Luxembourg-Hollerich. Inaugurated in 1991, the "Tramsmusée" is a reminder of the old streetcar depots.

In this exhibition, you'll discover the history of public transport in Luxembourg. The tour begins in the era of the horse-drawn tramway (in operation from 1875 to 1908), with a replica of a horse-drawn tramway. Then you'll find old electric engines, a Ford vehicle used to maintain the catenaries, and perfectly restored old buses. Scale models, photographic documents, films and objects such as maps and plans, ticket inspectors' uniforms and tickets complete the exhibition.

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 no. 34 on display in the Museum and in operation during guided tours) ran until 1964 on line 10 between Place du Théâtre and Walferdange.

Other interesting museums to visit in Luxembourg

Battle of the Bulge Museum in Wiltz

During the winter of 1944-1945, the terrible Battle of the Bulge devastated much of Luxembourg's Eisléck region. The towns of Clervaux, Echternach, Wiltz and many others suffered appalling fighting, resulting in the death of many soldiers and inhabitants.

The Musée de la bataille des Ardennes in Wiltz retraces the fighting, which left many civilian victims and left its mark on the memory of Luxembourgers. The Château de Clervaux also presents this episode of the Second World War.

If you'd like to find out more about this dark period in the region's history, don't hesitate to visit the Battle of the Bulge museum in Bastogne, Belgium.

Center National de l'Audiovisuel in Dudelange

The Centre National de l'Audiovisuel in Dudelange was created thanks to a partnership between the City of Dudelange and the Luxembourg State. The CNA is entirely dedicated to audiovisual expression. The CNA is a must for photography and cultural programming.

The CNA preserves all Luxembourg's national audiovisual and photographic archives. It also aims to protect and promote Luxembourg's audiovisual and photographic heritage.

Photographic laboratories enable images and audiovisual documents to be deposited for restoration and conservation of the memory of Luxembourg's heritage.

Printing and Card Museum in Grevenmacher

The Kulturhuef, housed in the former abattoir of the town of Grevenmacher, offers visitors the chance to discover the technological evolution of printing in Luxembourg. You'll find different types of printing presses and a presentation of the printing trades.

The Musée du Jeu de Cartes Jean Dieudonné presents the various techniques and objects used to make playing cards.

National Museum of Brewing Art in Wiltz

Beer-making is part of Luxembourg's industrial heritage. Visitors to the Musée d'art brassicole can gain a better understanding of Luxembourg's 6,000-year beer-making history. Indeed, beer has always been one of Luxembourg's traditional culinary specialties. A microbrewery shows the different stages in beer production.

Tannery Museum at Château de Wiltz

The Musée de la Tannerie retraces the art of the tanners employed in the old tanneries of Wiltz. This town in northern Luxembourg was famous for its traditional leather production. Leather was worked here as early as the 17th century. The last "Ideal Leder" tannery closed its doors in 1961.

Rural and craft museum in Peppange

This rural and craft museum was created in 1999 in an old 19th-century farmhouse in Peppange. It provides an insight into farm life in rural Luxembourg in centuries gone by. Workshops will introduce you to the work of our ancestors.

Edward Steichen's "The Family of Man" collection at Clervaux

Château de Clervaux is home to Edward Steichen's magnificent photo collection, "The Family of Man". Listed on Unesco's Memory of the World Register in 2003, this collection is legendary, with over 10 million visitors worldwide.

"The Family of Man" brings together over 500 black & white photographs by more than 270 photographers from 68 countries. Conceived by Edward Steichen in 1955 for the MOMA in New York, this collection promotes peace and human equality in a post-war context through humanist portraits.

Find out more about Edward Steichen's "The Family of Man" photo collection.

Peppange carriage museum

The Grand Duchess Charlotte Carriage Museum presents some 30 carriages from the Grand Court. Visitors can see the carriages used for Grand Duchess Charlotte's wedding. Please note that this museum is closed from November to April, except by appointment for groups.

You can also visit our tourism page to find out about other museums in Luxembourg.

Cultural centers in Luxembourg

Municipalities often have a local cultural center offering a wide variety of programming. You can take part in a wide range of cultural events including music, theater, opera and cabaret. Residents can also attend lectures or borrow books from the libraries of these cultural centers. Find out more in your commune of residence.

Of particular note are the following cultural centers. 

Neumünster Abbey, a meeting place steeped in history

The Abbey is a majestic site, nestled at the foot of theold Bock fortress in the historic district of Luxembourg-Grund.

Originally a Benedictine monastery in the 16th century, the abbey was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 17th century. It later became a police station during the French Revolution, then a Prussian barracks after the departure of Napoleon's troops. The German occupation transformed it into a state prison.

In 1977, Neimënster Abbey became a Centre Culturel et de Rencontre. Its unique geographical location and picturesque setting make it an unmissable venue for astonishing cultural encounters.

Concerts, shows, exhibitions, debates and symposia are all held here. Above all, the Abbey is the stage for a wide variety of artistic creations.

The Siren's Call music festival takes place here. Take time to stroll along the banks of the Alzette near the Abbey.

Les Rotondes, artistic creation in all its forms

In Luxembourg, Les Rotondes is a veritable cultural institution. Located in Bonnevoie, this cultural space is famous for its artistic creations in all disciplines.

The two former locomotive sheds form a unique site close to Luxembourg's main railway station .

Les Rotondes offers regular events in the fields of performing arts, contemporary music and visual arts. There are also lectures, participatory projects and workshops for all ages.

Bar La Buvette hosts the Eat it Festival celebrating Street Food .

Cercle Cité, emblematic of Luxembourg City

Located in the heart of Luxembourg's capital on the Place d'Armes "d'Plëss", Cercle Cité opened its doors in 2011 in its current configuration, following extensive renovations.

The Cercle Municipal is a beautiful historic building built in 1909. Official dinners were held here during visits by foreign heads of state. Prince Félix greeted the liberation of Luxembourg from 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 kinds of cultural events: music concerts, conferences, exhibitions, literature in the library/media center.

An amphitheatre and lounges (including a 250-person banquet hall) can be rented for events.

The library and media center features literature from Luxembourg, France, Germany and England. Events calendar and information on the Cercle Cité website.

Schluechthaus, temple of street art

These former abattoirs awaiting conversion are now a symbol of the city's industrial past and the development of street art in Luxembourg.

Numerous multi-disciplinary cultural events are held here on a regular basis. They breathe new life into what is now a graffiti temple, destined to be a space dedicated to intergenerational and inclusive encounters.

Kultur Fabrik, commitment and freedom of expression in Esch-sur-Alzette

In a rather disruptive setting, the Kultur Fabrik cultural center offers a range of buildings dedicated to culture and events. Housed in the former abattoirs ofEsch-sur-Alzette, the Kultur Fabrik cultural center offers a wide range of programming.

Committed to a responsible and creative approach, Kultur Fabrik has several facilities dedicated to artists, artistic creation and sustainable development.

Showrooms, exhibition gallery, rehearsal rooms for contemporary music and theater groups, brasserie...

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

CAPE is Luxembourg's decentralized cultural platform. With its eclectic and varied program, where cultural diversity is in the spotlight, CAPE offers nearly a hundred shows a year in its three beautiful theaters.

Designed by 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 program covers all types of artistic expression. It is as open to foreign artists as it is to young Luxembourg artists. You can attend dance, music, circus, opera, literary events or visual arts. The Centre des Arts Pluriels also makes its facilities available to associations in the region. It offers young Luxembourg talent the chance to express itself and make a name for itself. Conference cycles are also organized.

The Cube 521 cultural center in Marnach, Clervaux

Its mission is to promote and disseminate culture and the arts in the northern region of Luxembourg. The Centre culturel de Marnach welcomes all publics, adults and children, in a very contemporary architectural setting, in harmony with its environment.

Cube 521 is a top-quality venue for meetings and shows. Whether for meetings, conventions or conferences, Cube 521 welcomes visitors in a large hall equipped with the latest technology.

Cercle Culturel des Institutions Européennes in Luxembourg

The Cercle culturel des Institutions européennes in luxembourg offers a wide range of activities and events in the arts, culture, information technology, ...

All these activities are also open to people who do not work in the European institutions. All nationalities and fields are represented. Information and registration on www.cercleculturel.lu.

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