Münster Art & Culture

The sculpture city of Münster is an important art & culture location in Germany and rich in museums and sights. Unique exhibitions and collections make the heart of all art and culture lovers beat faster. A vibrant young cultural scene rounds out the wide-ranging offerings. And Münster has also made a name for itself as a film city beyond the state’s borders.

Münster’s museum landscape alone, with more than 30 museums, offers visitors an exciting variety, ranging from the city’s history to the graphic works of Pablo Picasso to the Horse Museum or the Bible Museum.

Every 10 years, the city attracts the attention of the world-wide art world with the renowned exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster. In summer 2017, Münster was the venue for the fifth time and numerous international artists were guests to present their works. Many of these works of art displayed over the years during the exhibition now characterize the everyday cityscape.

LWL Museum for Art and Culture

The LWL Museum of Art and Culture in Münster is one of the largest museums of art and cultural history in North Rhine-Westphalia. It houses over 350,000 paintings, prints, sculptures, furniture, coins, crafts, posters and maps. The museum’s holdings include works ranging from medieval sacred art of Westphalia to Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th-century works of international modernism and contemporary art.

Pablo Picasso Art Museum

The Pablo Picasso Münster Art Museum is Germany’s only Picasso museum. Located in Picasso Square, the museum houses the world’s most extensive collection of Pablo Picasso’s lithographs, as well as other Picasso works in various artistic techniques and from different creative periods. In addition, the museum houses collections of the artists Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Henri Matisse.

City Museum Münster

The Münster City Museum stands for the history of the city of Münster from its beginnings to the present. The core of the museum is the display collection on the first and second floors, which provides an overview of Münster’s urban history. Special topics and aspects of Münster’s cultural and art history are presented to visitors in numerous changing special exhibitions.


The Theater of the City of Münster is the largest and most traditional cultural institution in the city. With its wide range of offerings from the five divisions – musical theater, drama, dance theater, concert and young theater, Theater Münster offers a diverse program for every taste and age.

Halle Münsterland

The Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland is the event center of the region. It offers rooms for 40-10000 people for congresses, fairs and events and concerts. 20,000 sqm of halls and 10,000 sqm of outdoor area are available for this purpose. It is centrally located, only a 15-minute walk to the city center.

Wolfgang Borchert Theater

The Wolfgang Borchert Theater is one of the oldest private theaters in Germany. It is since fall 2014 housed in Flechtheimspeicher on the opposite side of the harbor. With 146 seats, barrier-free access, new technology and a spacious foyer with gastronomy, the Wolfgang Borchert Theater meets the most modern standards. The theater itself is located in the Rhenusspeicher. The foyer is housed in the Flechtheimspeicher, which is now a listed building.

Museum für Lacquer Art

The Museum of Lacquer Art displays a unique collection of lacquer art from East Asia, Europe and the Islamic world with objects spanning over two millennia. Both traditional and contemporary aspects of lacquer art are explored in depth through regular special exhibitions.

Sankt Lamberti

St. Lamberti is the central city and market church in Münster and also one of the most important sacred buildings of the Westphalian late Gothic period. For more than 600 years, the horn has been blown in the evening from the bell tower of St. Lamberti’s Church by a turret. Since 2014, Martje Saljé has been the first woman to serve as Türmerin up there. The interior decoration and the two organs are also very important.

Burg Hülshoff

The moated castle Hülshoff lies, embedded in the landscape of the Münsterland, about 10 km west of Münster. The picturesque moated castle is the birthplace of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848). She also spent her childhood and youth here. The rooms of the castle house the Droste Museum, which shows the history of Hülshoff Castle and the life of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff.

LWL Museum of Natural History

The LWL Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in Germany with a large planetarium. Covering an area of 4,200 square meters, the museum houses unique objects such as the world’s largest ammonite, unique fossils of fish and swimming dinosaurs, lifelike models of dinosaurs or a life-size mammoth.

Sculpture City

Since its start in 1977, the Skulptur Projekte Münster have become one of the world’s most important exhibitions of art in public space. The exhibition invites artists from all over the world to present their works in the city in a ten-year rhythm. Many of the works shown remained in Münster and shape the cityscape of the sculpture city on a daily basis.

Open-Air Museum Mühlenhof

The museum area of the Mühlenhof, located directly at the Aasee, shows more than 30 original buildings from the last 400 years. Farmhouses furnished with appropriate inventory are included, as well as workshops of country craftsmen, a one-class country school from the 19th century or an old village store. In this way, the museum vividly conveys how people used to live, live and work in the rural surroundings of the large city of Münster.

The tips mentioned here are only a small excerpt of what Münster has to offer in terms of art and culture. Further interesting information about Münster as a cultural location can be found, among other places, on the website of Münster Marketing.

An interesting listing with information about all museums in Münster can be found on the website Museen in Münster. Information and dates for exhibitions in and around Münster can be found, among other places, on the website kunst raum münster or on the pages of Münster Marketing