The Städel, officially the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, is an art museum in Frankfurt, with one of the most important collections in Germany. The Städel Museum owns 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, more than 4,600 photographs and more than 100,000 drawings and prints.[3][4] It has around 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) of display and a library of 115,000 books.[5]

The Städel Museum, March 2015
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Established1817; 206 years ago (1817)
LocationSchaumainkai 63, Museumsufer, Frankfurt, Germany
Coordinates50°6′11.5″N 8°40′25.3″E / 50.103194°N 8.673694°E / 50.103194; 8.673694Coordinates: 50°6′11.5″N 8°40′25.3″E / 50.103194°N 8.673694°E / 50.103194; 8.673694
TypeArt museum
Key holdingsLucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Vermeer, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, Gerhard Richter
  • Old Masters
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Department of Prints and Drawings
  • Photography
Collection size
  • 3,100 paintings
  • 660 sculptures
  • 4,600 photographs
  • 100,000 drawings and prints[1]
  • 390,532 (2017)[2]
  • 390,593 (2018)[2]
  • 580.137 (2019)[2]
  • 318,732 (2020)[2]
  • 161,414 (2021)[2]
FounderJohann Friedrich Städel
DirectorPhilipp Demandt
Employees109 (2021)[2]
Public transit access
The Städel Museum with Städel Garden, October 2014

In 2012, the Städel was honoured as Museum of the Year [de] by the German art critics association AICA.[6][7] In the same year the museum recorded the highest attendance figures in its history, of 447,395 visitors.[8] In 2020 the museum had 318,732 visitors, down 45 percent from 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It ranked 71st on the list of most-visited art museums in 2020.[9]


The Städel was founded in 1817,[10] and is one of the oldest museums in Frankfurt's Museumsufer, or museum embankment. The founding followed a bequest by the Frankfurt banker and art patron Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), who left his house, art collection and fortune with the request in his will that the institute be set up.[11][12][13] In the early years, Städel's former living quarters at Frankfurt's Roßmarkt [de] were used to present his collection.[a][16] The collection received its first exhibition building at the Neue Mainzer Straße [de] in 1833.[b][17][18]


In 1878, a new museum building, in the Neo-Renaissance style,[19] was erected by Oskar Sommer [de] on Schaumainkai, a street along the south side of the river Main.[20]

World War IIEdit

In 1937, 77 paintings and 700 prints were confiscated from the museum when the National Socialists declared them "degenerate art".[21]

In 1939, the collection was moved out of Frankfurt to protect it from damage in World War II. The collection of the Städel Museum was removed from the museum to avoid destruction from the Allied bombings, and the collection was stored in the Schloss Rossbach, a castle owned by the Baron Thüngen near Bad Brückenau in Bavaria. There, the museum's paintings and library were discovered by Lt. Thomas Carr Howe, USN, of the American Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program. Although the Baron von Thüngen and his wife were uncooperative with the Americans, Frau Dr. Holzinger, a licensed physician and the Swiss wife of the Städel Museum director, was present at the site and assisted with the cataloging and the removal of the items to the Munich Central Collecting Point. Lt. Howe said, "The first room to be inspected was a library adjoining the sitting room in which we had been waiting. Here we found a quantity of excellent French Impressionist paintings, all from the permanent collection of the Städel Museum, and a considerable number of fine Old Master drawings. Most of these were likewise the property of the museum, but a few – I remember one superb Rembrandt sketch – appeared to have come from Switzerland. Those would, of course, have to be looked into later, to determine their exact origin and how they came to be on loan to the museum. But for the moment we were concerned primarily with storage conditions and the problem of security. In another room we found an enormous collection of books, the library of one of the Frankfurt museums. In a third we encountered an array of medieval sculpture – saints all sizes and description, some of carved wood, others of stone, plain or polychromed. These too, were of museum origin. The last storage room was below ground, a vast, cavernous chamber beneath the house. Here was row upon row of pictures, stacked in two tiers down the center of the room and also along two sides. From what we could make of them in the poor light, they were not of high quality. During the summer months they would be alright in the underground room, but we thought the place would be very damp in the winter. Frau Holzinger assured us that this was so and that the pictures should be removed before the bad weather set in."[22]

Renovations and extensionsEdit

The gallery was substantially damaged by air raids in World War II and it was rebuilt by 1966 following a design by the Frankfurt architect Johannes Krahn.[23] An expansion building for the display of 20th-century work and special exhibits was erected in 1990, designed by the Austrian architect Gustav Peichl.[24][25] Small structural changes and renovations took place from 1997 to 1999.[26]

The largest extension in the history of the museum to 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) intended for the presentation of contemporary art was designed by the Frankfurt architectural firm Schneider+Schumacher [de] and opened in February 2012.[27][28][29]

Digital expansionEdit

The Städel has been significantly enlarging its activities and outreach through a major digital expansion on the occasion of its 200-year anniversary in 2015.[30] Already available to visitors is an exhibition 'digitorial' and free access to WiFi throughout the museum and its grounds. From March the museum will offer to visitors a new Städel app, the possibility of listening to audio guides on their own devices, and a new 'cabinet of digital curiosities'. Several more projects are currently in development including an online exhibition platform; educational computer games for children; online art-history courses and a digital art book.[31][32]

Creative commonsEdit

The Städel Museum made more than 22,000 works in its Digital Collection available for free downloading under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 4.0.[33][34]


The Städel has European paintings from seven centuries, beginning with the early 14th century, moving into Late Gothic, the Renaissance, Baroque, and into the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.[35] The large collection of prints and drawings is not on permanent display and occupies the first floor of the museum. Works on paper not on display can be viewed by appointment.[36]

The gallery has a conservation department that performs conservation and restoration work on the collection.[37]

Temporary exhibitionsEdit

Most visited exhibitions:[38]

  • "Making Van Gogh" 2019/2020 (505,750 visitors)
  • "Monet und die Geburt des Impressionismus" 2015 (432,121 visitors)
  • "Botticelli" 2009/2010 (367,033 visitors)
  • "Dürer. Kunst – Künstler – Kontext" 2013/2014 (258,577 visitors)

Selected worksEdit

The museum also features works by the 20th-century German artist Max Beckmann, who taught at the Städelschule.[40]



The directors of the Städel Museum:[41]


Städel is part of the Museumsufer.

Museumsufer Frankfurt

Notable Museums of the Museumsufer, Frankfurt am Main
South Bank
Hindemith Kabinett im Kuhhirtenturm (de)
Icon Museum (de) (Museum of Orthodox sacred Art)
Portikus (Exhibition hall for contemporary art)
Museum Angewandte Kunst (Applied Arts)
Museum der Weltkulturen (Ethnological Museum)
Deutsches Filmmuseum (de) (German Film Museum)
German Architecture Museum
Museum für Kommunikation
Städel (Fine Arts Museum)
Liebieghaus (Classical sculpture collection)
Museum Giersch (Art and culture of Rhine-Main)
North Bank
Jewish Museum Frankfurt
Frankfurt Archaeological Museum (de)
Historical Museum, Frankfurt
Caricatura Museum Frankfurt
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (Art exhibition venue)
Museum für Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Museum)
Frankfurter Judengasse Museum (Preserved foundations from the Ghetto)
Deutsches Romantik-Museum / Goethe House
Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Westend, Frankfurt)
Eintracht Frankfurt Museum (Waldstadion)
German Leather Museum (Offenbach)
Klingspor Museum (Offenbach)

See alsoEdit


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  • Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut Frankfurt am Main. Graphische Sammlung; Schütt, Jutta; Sonnabend, Martin; Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut Frankfurt am Main (2008). Masterpieces of the Department of Prints and Drawings : drawings, watercolours and collages. Frankfurt am Main: Städel Museum. ISBN 978-3-86568-177-5. OCLC 226372377.
  • Schiffer, Helen (2012). Augen für die Kunst - das neue Städel Fotografien von Hellen Schiffer, die für die Architekten Schneider + Schumacher die Baustelle des Städel Museums Frankfurt fotografisch begleitet hat ; 10.02.2010 bis 15.01.2012 ; [anlässlich der Eröffnung des Erweiterungsbaus, Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main] (in German). Frankfurt, M. ISBN 978-3-942921-54-1. OCLC 794943152.
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  2. ^ 1833–1878: Haus Vrints-Treuenfeld, Neue Mainzer Straße Nr. 47–49.[15]


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