Luxembourg City is home to a high concentration of world class museums. Spreading out across the city in a smile-like shape is the “museum smile”. Visiting these institutions is easy because they are so close to one another; most are within walking distance.
Set in a park, the Villa is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. The exhibitions are housed in a nineteenth century mansion displaying the art collections of the City of Luxembourg dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. There is a temporary exhibitions programme and a schedule of activities and events. You can even celebrate your birthday there (as long as you’re aged between 6 and 10!).
When: Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, open late Friday evenings until 9pm. Closed Tuesdays and 1 January, 1 November, 25 December
Where: 18 Avenue Emile Reuter (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced fee €3. Free admission for all on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm.
National Museum of History and Art
The rich cultural heritage of Luxembourg is on show in the large exhibition spaces of this contemporary building. Archaeological collections, paintings and sculpture, as well as displays on the history of money are all here. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions that often feature internationally important objects on loan from abroad.
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, open late Thursday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays, also closed 1 January, 1 November, 25 December.
Where: Marché aux Poissons (map)
Cost: Entrance to the permanent displays is free. There is a charge for temporary exhibitions, €7 or €5 reduced rate.
Lëtzebuerg City Museum
The permanent galleries tell the story of the past one thousand years of the city’s history. A vibrant temporary exhibitions programme looks at an interesting selection of related topics, on a mixture of historical as well as contemporary themes, often with a social history slant. Everything is illustrated by fantastic original objects from the museum’s extensive collections.
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Open Thursday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays and 1 January, 1 November and 25 December.
Where: 14 Rue du Saint-Esprit (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced fee €3. Free entrance on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
The forum for contemporary art at Casino focusses on contemporary creation and current art movements, mostly featuring young artists. The exhibition areas are frequently used as experimental spaces, and there is a varied programme of events, music, artist talks and guided tours, as well as brilliant activities for families.
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am – 7pm. Open Thursdays from 11am – 11pm. Closed Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December.
Where: 41, rue Notre-Dame (map)
National Museum of Natural History
This is the place to come to discover the natural sciences of Luxembourg and the wider world. As well as caring for millions of specimens, the staff here are committed to an active research programme. The exhibitions interpret the collections and this research beautifully for members of the public to enjoy. Displays are accompanied by a wonderful programme of events and activities.
Musée Dräi Eechelen
Housed in the restored eighteenth century Fort Thüngen, the permanent galleries of the museum document the history of the fortress in relation to Luxembourg City. The two are closely linked, as military history has shaped the appearance and identity of the city since the Middle Ages. The building itself forms a major part of the exhibit; the visitor can explore the network of fantastically preserved tunnels inside. The displays are further enhanced by original objects and documents from the museum collections.
When: Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Open late on Wednesday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays, 1 May, 23 June, 15 August, 1 November, 25 December, and 1 January.
Where: 5 Park Dräi Eechelen (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced rate €3. Free entrance on Wednesday evenings from 5pm until 8pm.
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam)
The collections of contemporary art at Mudam are of international importance, with no type of expression excluded. The quality and variety of art works on offer, combined with the impact of the beautiful exhibition spaces of this award winning building, make for a dynamic exhibitions programme. There is a regular schedule of guided tours in different languages, and such a variety of events on offer that there is bound to be something of interest to all, from the most contemplative art gallery visitor to the youngest member of the family.
When: Open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 6pm. Open on Wednesday from 10am until 11pm (galleries just until 10pm). On public holidays from 10am-6pm. On 24 & 31 December open from 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesdays, also closed 25 December.
Where: 3 Park Dräi Eechelen (map)
Cost: Adults €7, Reduced fee €5. Free entrance Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 11pm.