The museum

Meet History in Fürth — A Journey through Time

Contemporary History
The Fürth municipal museum takes you on a fascinating and informative journey through Fürth. A timeline highlighting significant events in the city’s history leads the way through the museum, displaying numerous unique exhibits. Stimulating media stations elaborate on selected aspects of the history of Fürth
The exhibition focuses on the city’s development from its first documentary reference in 1007 to the present day as well as its economic rise from artisan town to industrial city.

Photo © Wolf-Dieter Mellmann

City History
The municipal development of Fürth, documented in a collection of original exhibits and supplemented by interactive media, aroma and audio stations, illustrates a timescale from its first documented accreditation under the governance of three powers, known as ‘Die Dreiherrschaft’, through the period of Prussian government to the granting of its status as a city within the Bavarian kingdom (1808/1818) and continuing to the present day.
The terror regime of National Socialism and the turmoil of war left significant scars on the city’s visual appearance and on its population. The spirit of post-war optimism boosted an economic recovery and encouraged the development of industrial enterprise. It also provided the necessary impetus for urban development. Many refugees and displaced people found a new home in newly constructed districts such as Hardhöhe or Schwand.
Present-day Fürth is a charming municipality with many facets.


Photo © Wolf-Dieter Mellmann

Economic History
Two large exhibition rooms illustrate the economic evolution that transformed Fürth from a rural market town into a city of industrial and commercial importance. Metal beaters settled here together with a number of mirror and spectacle manufacturers, who became market leaders in the 19th century due to the nature of their manufacturing process. To this day, the production of toys has been one of the city’s most important economic factors. Brewing has also been an essential part of the city’s history, due in part to its strong association with the “Michaelis-Kärwa”, the largest street fair in southern Germany.
The exhibition also focuses on the development of the railway. The very first rail journey was made in 1835 from Nuremberg to Fürth, providing the initial spark for industrialisation in Germany.
The ‘Economic Miracle’, which followed the social upheaval and constraints of war, saw Fürth re-establish its former prosperity and today, Fürth is again an important business location with great potential for the future.


Photo © Wolf-Dieter Mellmann


Stadtmuseum Fürth (Fürth municipal museum)
Ottostraße 2
90762 Fürth
Tel.: (0911) 974 3730
Fax: (0911) 974 3731

Opening hours
Tue.-Thurs. 10 am – 4 pm
Sat.  10 am – 5 pm
Sun. 10 am – 5 pm
Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Holidays open from 10 am – 4 pm
Every 1st Thursday of the month:
10 am – 10 pm (last admission 9 pm)

Appointments upon prior arrangement. Events are offered during opening hours only.
Offers for schools and groups of children are described in a separate flyer.

Adults:    3 Euro
Children: 2 Euro
Families (2 adults and 2 children): 6 Euro

Special offers for groups of over 10 people
School, children’s and youth groups: 1 Euro pro person in addition to the tour fee
Adult groups: 2 Euro pro person in addition to the tour fee

Fees for guided tours
Sample tour (30 min.):  20 Euro
Round tour (60 min.):    30 Euro
Round tour de luxe (90 min.):  40 Euro

Educational tour of the museum
in addition to the above given prices 1 Euro pro person


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