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1 – 2 June: Museum Mile Festival in Bonn

1 – 2 June : Museum Mile Festival in Bonn

The five museums on the Bonn Museum Mile are celebrating again. On 1 and 2 June, the Deutsches Museum, Bundeskunsthalle, Kunstmuseum, Haus der Geschichte and Museum Koenig are offering a colourful programme for the Museums Mile Festival.

There has been a large festival on the Bonn Museum Mile each year in summer since 1995: the Museum Mile Festival. From art, culture, technology and ecology to open-air events, there is something for everyone. Here’s an overview:

Museum Koenig

Museum Koenig is offering lots of activities on the theme “Migration in the animal kingdom.” Which species fly where? Where do they get their energy?

The special exhibition “Planet 3.0 – Climate. Life. Future” shows a glimpse of the possible future of the earth. The photography exhibition “Living landscapes” by the Eschmar Nature Photography Club shows snapshots of the changing faces of the earth. The exhibitions are open from 10am to 11pm on the Saturday and 10am to 6pm on the Sunday.

On both festival days, the museum is also offering many tours, interactive stands and a behind the scenes look at the various topics. A shuttle bus goes to the Deutsches Museum. On Saturday and Sunday the museum is also holding a park festival with games, children’s face painting, live animal presentations and lots of interactive stands. There is live music in the afternoon until 9.45pm.

Address: Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn

Further information at: Museum Koenig

Haus der Geschichte

The theme of play is the focus of the Haus der Geschichte. Under the theme “We play inside, outside and inclusively” visitors will be invited to get active. For example, you can try out blind football and dribble through a course. Help is provided by acoustic signals.

Children can get a ride-on car licence in the foyer and dash through a racing track. For adults, there are exciting things to discover in the permanent exhibition and small theatre performances. Nostalgia lovers can particularly look forward to Sunday. There will board games from the last 70 years.

Address: Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn

Further information: Haus der Geschichte


Visitors can find out all about masks and disguises in the Kunstmuseum. While masks are produced at the work stations, there will be a shadow theatre event by the Berlin artist Patricia Thoma in the museum foyer, where the masks designed by visitors can immediately be used on stage.

The band “Das Triologische Quartett will provide music for the art night at the Museumsplatz. Students from the Alanus college will start an instagram campaign. There will also be “speed tours” for visitors.

Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn

Further information: Kunstmuseum


Goethe, Michael Jackson and Anna Uddenberg await visitors to the Bundeskunsthalle. Alongside a live programme with music and theatre, visitors can also walk through Goethe’s garden on the roof. The giant slide has also reopened just in time for the festival and offers an alternative route to the stairs.

Children can get their faces painted on both days and follow in Goethe’s footsteps in a poetry workshop. There will also be many exciting special tours for adults on both days.

Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn

Further information: Bundeskunsthalle

Deutsches Museum

Technology and play – fascination with PLAYMOBIL! The world of the small plastic figures has fascinated young and old since 1974. Visitors can completely immerse themselves in their world at the Museums Mile Festival.

With more than 50,000 figures and over 500,000 individual parts, the Hamburg artist Oliver Schaffer, who played with PLAYMOBIL figures as a child, owns one of the largest PLAYMOBIL collections in the world. The artist will exhibit a large part of his collection in Bonn. Children can get PLAYMOBIL facepaint to match the collection. At the Stop-Motion-Station, you get a first glance into the world of animated film makers.

Address: Ahrstraße 45, 53175 Bonn

Further information: Deutsches Museum


The Kunstnacht (Art Night) takes place at the Museumsplatz on the Saturday from 7.30pm to midnight. There are events in the Kunstmuseum and the Bundeskunsthalle for 10 Euros (6 Euros with an Ellah card).

At the Bundeskunsthalle there will be speed tours on offer through the exhibitions. There will also be a DJ and live music.

Other information

Apart from the Kunstnacht, all events are free. The Oldtimer bus Mercedes O405 N2 belonging to the Stadtwerke Historic Society will run free of charge to the Museum Mile on 1 and 2 June. It will run from the Kennedyallee stop to the Museum Koenig.

The complete programme for the Museum Mile Festival is available to download here.

Original text: Sebastian Knauth
Translation: kc