Historical Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe / GrimmsMärchenReich

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The historical museum is located in Schloss Philippsruhe

The Hanau Historical Museum of the city of Hanau is located in Philippsruhe Castle, which was modernized by Ferdinand Meldahl, one of the most important Danish architects in the 19th century from 1875 to 1880.

The GrimmsMärchenReich, the first Brothers Grimm interactive museum in Germany, has been located in the right wing since April 2019. The paper theater museum, which has been an integral part of the “museum within a museum” for 30 years, is currently being renovated.
Original stucco ceilings, magnificent wood inlays, the Hanau council goblet and portraits of the Hanau counts and the landgraves of Hessen-Kassel allow visitors to the Philippsruhe Palace to experience bygone worlds. Paintings by Hanau painters such as Anton Wilhelm Tischbein, Friedrich Bury or Moritz Daniel Oppenheim as well as sculptures by August Gaul convey how international the Hanau Drawing Academy has been since 1772. Changing special exhibitions are presented in the attic. The only paper theater museum in Germany is integrated into the castle - with regular performances.

The GrimmsMärchenReich in the right wing of the castle reveals a fairytale world with clever princesses, courageous princes, tricky witches and dangerous giants on over 340 square meters. Children from 4 years and adults go on an interactive and multimedia adventure journey through seven fairy tale worlds. They walk through the whispering corridor, explore fairytale landscapes in costume, the room of metamorphosis, enter the reading area with books, audio stations and sign films and learn exciting stories from the childhood and life of the brothers Jacob, Wilhelm and Ludwig Emil Grimm. You discover Hanau at the end of the 18th century with the Grimm’s children's eyes and come to the Grimm family's parlor. Some unique pieces, such as Jacob Grimm's briefcase and frock coat as well as a draft of the national monument of the Brothers Grimm from the collection of the Hanauer Geschichtsverein 1844 e.V. can also be admired.

The Hanau Historical Museum (sponsor: City of Hanau and Hanau History Association) with a paper theater museum is located in the splendid rooms of the main building. The magnificent wedding hall gives newlyweds a stylish ambience for their wedding. There is a sculpture park in the palace garden. In the summer months, the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Festival takes place in the amphitheater in the rear palace park. The museum café in the vestibule, the castle gastronomy in the White Hall and, in summer, the large outdoor terrace on the Main invite you to linger.

Magistrat der Stadt Hanau

Philippsruher Allee 45

63454 Hanau - Kesselstadt


Phone: +49 6181 - 295 1718


Website: www.museen-hanau.de

General information

WeekdayTime of day
Tuesday - Sunday
11:00 bis 18:00
  • Bad Weather Offer
  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
  • for Class
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Suitable for the Elderly
  • for Children of all Ages
  • Suitable for Pushchair
  • for Children of the age of 6-10
  • for Children of the age of 10 upwards
Foreign Language
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spain
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Children Entertainment Corner (indoors)
  • Children's Playground (outdoors)
  • Toilet
  • Baby Change
  • Handicapped accessible WC


Price info

Erwachsene 4,– €, Ermäßigt 3,– €,

Kinder und Jugendliche ab 6 Jahre (bis 18 Jahre) 1,– €

Familienkarte (2 Erwachsene und Kinder): 8,– €

Gruppeneintritt ab 10 Personen: 3,– €/Person


Führungen (1 Stunde) für Gruppen: 50,– € * max. 25 Personen, zzgl. Gruppeneintritt p.P.


Führung (1 Stunde) Kita/Schule: 35,– € * max. 30 Personen, inkl. Eintritt:

Führung mit Aktionsteil (2 Stunden) Kita/Schule: 70,– € * max. 30 Personen, inkl. Ein


Parking facilities:

Parking lot in front of Philippsruhe Castle

Parking spaces at Philippsruher Allee, Kastanienallee, Burgallee

Parking area at the end of the castle park / amphitheater


Public transportation:

Bus lines 5, 10 and MKK 23, stop at "Philippsruhe"

More info

Die Schlossanlage ist ganzjährig zu besichtigen.


Aufzug (Das Museumspersonal steht für die Benutzung des Aufzugs gerne zur Verfügung.) Museumscafé

Das Schlosscafé „Marie“ ist freitags bis sonntags von 12.00 bis 17.30 Uhr geöffnet, bei gutem Wetter mit Terrasse. Darüber hinaus bietet es Raum und Catering für Empfänge, Familienfeste, Firmenfeiern oder Hochzeitsempfänge.

Kontakt: Tel. 0157-55164726

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