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Cultural and Local History Museum, The Mercator Treasury and Königsberg Town Museum


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Apart from the collection relating to the history of the city, the main items if interest in the Cultural ad Local History Museum are the important Mercator Treasury, its broad range of archaeological finds, and the Köhler-Osbahr coin and antique collection. The museum is housed in one of the former grain mills alongside the inner harbour. The permanent collection is augmented by numerous specialised exhibitions of a cultural and historical nature. The Mercator Treasury provides a comprehensive review of Gerhard Mercator´s widely diverse works. Included in its exhibits are astronomical instruments designed by Mercator, a large number of famous maps and a pair of precious globes, the Globe of the Earth (1541) and the Globe of the Heavens (1551). The Königsberg Town Museum is integrated into the Cultural and Local History Museum. It furnishes insights into the art, history, science and poetry of Duisburg´s twin town of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, and a part of Russia).

Adress:
Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1
D-47051 Duisburg-Centre
Telephone +49 (0)203-2832640

Museum opening times:
Tue-Thur, Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday: closed
 
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The Küppersmühle Museum - Grothe Collection


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The Küppersmühle, a listed building, houses the comprehensive art collection of important German postwar artists such as Baselitz, Lüpertz, Immendorff, Polke and others, belonging to Hans Grothe, a Duisburg entrepeneur. The disused corn mill has been completely gutted and architecturally adapted to meet the requirements of the exhibits. This has created a unique spatial and artistic environment which can also be appreciated from the outside in the course of a tour round the harbour basin.

Adress:
Philosophenweg 55
D-47051 Duisburg-Centre
Telephone +49 (0)203-30194811
 
Opening times:
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thur, Sat+Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: by arrangement
 
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The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Foundation Museum


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In addition to the almost complete collection of the works of the Duisburg sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919) this museum also displays a unique collection of international sculptures of the classical Modern period and post 1945 (over 300 sculptures and other items). Other collections are devoted to the German painters between 1900 and 1960, and to international graphic works. The group of pavilion-like buildings surrounding a courtyard of sculptures and embedded into the whole complex of the Immanuel Kant Park as an outstanding example of modern museum architecture



Adress:
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40
D-47051 Duisburg-Centre
Telephone +49 (0)203-2832630 

Opening times:
Tue-Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday: closed
 
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German Inland Waterways Museum


The German Inland Waterways Museum is housed in a listed art nouveau building which was once the former public bath in Ruhrort. It deals with historical, economic and social developments in inland waterways traffic. It shows the technical evolution from dug-out canoes, via cargo sailing ships to barges and tugs and gives visitors an insight into the life of riverboat people and dock workers. Thematically grouped models, exhibits, photographs and texts give a lively impression of towing and passenger services on the Rhine, and of navigation on other waterways of the world.

The museum ship Oscar Huber (a side-wheel steam tug built in 1921/22) and Minden (a steam-bucket dredger, 1882), are anchored a few minutes away at the harbour entrance and are open to museum ticket-holders. The two boats and a steam crane, built in 1897, are important monuments to technical and economic progress.

Adress:
Apostelstraße 84
D-47119 Duisburg-Ruhrort
Telephone +49 (0)203 8 08 89-0

Opening times:
Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday: closed
 
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