14, rue du Saint-Esprit
+352 47 96 4500
Luxembourg City History Museum
Situated on the Rue du Saint-Esprit, right in the heart of the old part of the city, the Luxembourg City History Museum opened its doors in 1996. It displays permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions that in a very innovative way illustrate the history, spanning more than a thousand years, of the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
One of the main tasks of a city is the preservation and enhancement of its architectural heritage. The new museum has been installed, therefore, in four restored residential houses dating from the 17th to the 19th century, still bearing archaeological traces from the Middle Ages. An archaeological study provided an insight into the chronology of the buildings, while at the same time enriching the architecture and the museological aspect of the premises. Two perfect examples of how to adapt old buildings to the expectations of the modern-day museum visitor are the "floating" glass faĂ§ade and the panoramic lift that passes through the entire height of the museum, offering amazing views to the visitor.
The museum's architecture is striking in its sheer verticality that reflects the configuration of a city characterised by the contrast between upper and lower levels. The verticality of the museum structure, comprising 8 levels, of which 6 are open to the public, is also apparent in the museum's logo.
The museum consists of two parts: the floors below the entrance level (Rue du Saint-Esprit) illustrate the city's evolution from an economic, social, political, architectural and town planning point of view, whereas the upper levels are reserved for temporary exhibitions.
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On the first floor of the museumâ€™s new permanent exhibition, a chronological display brings together key dates in the townâ€™s history, and allows the viewer to understand Luxembourgâ€™s evolution, from its first occupation to its independence in 1839. The cityâ€™s urban development is represented through reconstructions and interactive screens, describing the city landscape, past and present.
The next two floors of the museum present the townâ€™s most recent history, around five themes: Town and Power, town in movement, town and environment, town and comfort and town in Europe. Art work by contemporary artists follow the permanent exhibition, and a special area is set aside for temporary exhibitions, the most recent being â€śHistoire dâ€™une Passion
Please see website for full details of temporary exhibitions www.mhvl.lu
Children under 12 free
12-18 year olds, students, over 65s â‚¬3.70
Groups of 15 â€“ 50 people â‚¬3.70 per person
Groups of over 50 people â‚¬2.40 per person
Guided tours for groups of 15-20 people â‚¬3.70 per person, with official guide â‚¬67
School groups â‚¬67, with official guide. Free to primary schools from Luxembourg.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Open from 10am to 6pm
Thursday: Open from 10am to 8pm
Closed on Mondays, except public holidays
The museum houses a shop and a cafĂ© on the third museum, which are accessible to all public, without a general admission ticket. Opening hours correspond to museum opening times.
The museum is fully accessible to disabled visitors.
Museum internal and external photos (4)
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Guided tours can be organised with the educative service,please contact Mady Mailliet on
4796 4570, or email email@example.com