Museum Folkwang
Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang – discover modern art in Essen

As one of the most renowned art museums in Germany, the Museum Folkwang in Essen invites you on a demanding journey through art history. Important focal points of the exhibition are 19th century German and French painting. Equally important are classical modernism, painting after 1945, photography and objects of applied art.

The history of the Museum Folkwang

The Museum Folkwang was founded in 1902 by the wealthy banker's son Karl Ernst Osthaus – initially in the Westphalian industrial city of Hagen. Only after the death of the founder in 1921 was the largely closed collection merged with that of the Essen Municipal Art Museum. In 1922, the Museum Folkwang was reopened in the Goldschmidt-Villas in Essen. A complete new building by star architect David Chipperfield has ensured a steady flow of visitors since 2010. Another special feature: Admission to the collection is free.

Extensive collections of all art genres

After the Second World War, the city of Essen and the Folkwang Museum Association rebuilt and gradually expanded the collection, which had been severely decimated in 1937. Today around 280 sculptures, around 600 paintings, some 12,000 drawings and prints, more than 60,000 photographs, thousands of handicraft objects from all over the world and almost 350,000 posters await you on site. Visit the groundbreaking Museum of Modern Art in Germany and see for yourself the outstanding collections!

Important information at a glance

Museum Folkwang Essen
Museumsplatz 1
45128 Essen
Tel.: +49 201 8845444
E-mail: info(at)

Information about opening hours and entrance fees can be found on the website of the Museum Folkwang.

The Museum Folkwang is a member of the RuhrKunstMuseen.