Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt©Steffen Harms

The art and natural history collections of the counts and grand dukes are the foundation of today’s Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt (HLMD, Hessian State Museum). With its mixture of art, culture and natural history exhibits, the museum is one of the few all-round museums worldwide. In a close cooperation between Grand Duke Ernst-Ludwig and Alfred Messel, the building was specially designed for the different collections and was formally opened in 1906.


In the museum you can find the following collections:

● Archaeology

● Art of the Middle Ages (stained glass, ivories, panel painting)

● Craft from 1500 (Princely Treasury, handicrafts 16th-19th, armory)

● Painting 16th - 18th century

● Art Nouveau

● Painting and Sculpture 19th - 20th century

● Block Beuys

● Simon Spierer collection

● Graphic Collection

● Earth and life history (geology, paleontology, Messel Pit Fossil Site)

● Mineralogy

● Zoology


Accessibility is achieved in the HLMD to the best of its ability - as far as this is possible in an old building. In the house there are ramps, lifts, which can be used by physically disabled persons, and barrier-free toilets.

In addition, there is an audioguide for blind visitors, who support the specially designed six touch models.


In the basement of the museum is the museum café "Lettmanns Heimatküche", which prepares warm dishes made from fresh, local produce as well as coffee and cake.

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Friedensplatz 1

64283 Darmstadt


+49 6151 1657000



Opening Hours

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 10:00-18:00

Wednesday: 10:00-20:00

Thursday: 10:00-18:00

Friday: 10:00-18:00

Saturday: 11:00-17:00

Sunday: 11:00-17:00

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