Do you like museums? The Grand Duchy offers you not only the must-see museums dedicated to history and the arts, but also those devoted to iron mines, brewing art and the rural world. Over 60 museums across the country have a unique and rewarding experience in store for you. Come with us!
Museum(s)mile - a big smile for a small mile
Would you like to walk through history and art? Luxembourg City offers a stroll round seven museums: it's not just that they are nearby; they are very diverse, and housed in unusual spaces forming an arc in the shape of a smile.
Five of these places, in the heart of the city, are easily accessible on foot:
- Villa Vauban – Art Museum of the City of Luxembourg;
- National Museum of History and Art;
- Lëtzebuerg City Museum;
- Casino Luxembourg - Forum for Contemporary Art;
- National Museum of Natural History - 'Natur Musée'.
Once you've visited these museums, you can move on to the Dräi Eechelen Park, a 15-minute walk from the city centre, to visit the Dräi Eechelen Museum - Fortress, History and Identities, and the museum of modern art: Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean – MUDAM Luxembourg.
Museum Night and Luxembourg Museum Days, be-there annual events
Every year, the seven museums in the Museum(s)mile organise one of the key events in the Grand Duchy: Museum Night (Nuit des Musées), which is always held during the second weekend in October. For one night, visitors are able to discover museums in Luxembourg City and take advantage of a wide-ranging programme that includes workshops, tasty gourmet offerings, and even night-time DJ sessions! It's a great opportunity to experience museums in a convivial, fun way.
In spring, don't miss the Luxembourg Museum Days. During one weekend around 18th May – International Museum Day – about forty museums offer free admission and present varied cultural programmes for the whole family.
A scattering of museums to suit all tastes
Do you like beer? Then don't miss the National Brewery Museum (Musée national d'art brassicole) in Wiltz. As well as finding out about this ancient century-old tradition in the Grand Duchy, you will be able to visit the nearby Upper Sûre Nature Park (Parc naturel de la Haute-Sûre) with its fields of spelt, the cereal used to make certain beers.
Want to find out about iron and steel in the Grand Duchy's past? The National Mining Museum (Musée national des mines de fer), in Rumelange, is a great choice. The museum pays tribute to the miners' hard work and serves as a reminder of a key period in the Grand Duchy's history. Iron-ore mining was in fact the foundation not only for the country's prosperity in the 20th century, but also for its cultural diversity, with the arrival of large numbers of immigrants to work in the mines.
There's a lot on offer - take a look at the information on museums available on the portal visitluxembourg.com.
Museums for all
Most of the museums in the Museum(s)mile offer either visits free of charge to their permanent exhibitions or reduced prices or evening openings free of charge once a week. At the Casino Luxembourg, entry to all areas is free. And the free entry to the MUDAM on Wednesday evenings has become a popular way of viewing contemporary art and enjoying the café's ambiance.
You can also visit museums as a family, or suggest creative activities for your children at these cultural institutions. If your children like stories about history, they will enjoy the events for young people at the National Museum of History and Art. And if they are budding scientists and enjoy experimenting, the leisure activities at the National Museum of Natural History are a good choice.
The Grand Duchy's museums have embraced digital technology in recent years. This means that people with special needs can still enjoy museum collections. It's possible, for example, to visit the National Museum of History and Art via a series of immersive interactive visits in 3D and the virtual exhibitions available on the museum's website.
The Villa Vauban recently renewed its 'museum for all' concept with its Variations exhibition. The exhibition uses specially designed mediation tools to enable each visitor, according to their level of motor or cognitive ability, to discover about 70 works. There are sculptures to touch, and relief models of certain paintings, allowing original and interactive reading of the works. There are also multilingual information panels in plain language, making it easier for culture to reach a wider public.