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Who makes the museum? And which ideas does the museum pursue? You will find all important background information here.

The guiding principle of the museum

The Historical Museum Frankfurt is the city’s oldest museum, collecting and preserving, researching, conveying and exhibiting Frankfurt's cultural heritage. As a city museum it is a centre of knowledge and critical information, reflection and discussion on the past, present and future of Frankfurt; as a history museum it links local town issues with broader social history.
The museum is open to everyone. Its Young Museum offers opportunities tailored specifically to families and schools. The museum draws upon the wealth of experience and knowledge from Frankfurt’s people and their guests, working in a participatory and inclusive manner. It invites everyone living in the city to participate in the museum as a cultural forum and help shape it. Multiple perspectives and diversity play a central role in this context. The diversity of urban society is reflected in its collections, exhibitions and communication.
Based on current topics of debates, historical objects are scientifically researched and linked to subjective stories and points of view; this includes all relevant artistic, city-researching as well as everyday-life perspectives. Additional museum objectives include expanding and consolidating its digital strategy and its networks within the city and the region.

The museum preserves the cultural heritage of its urban community for future generations. It features extensive collections of art and the history of everyday life, with outstanding inventories at its disposal. The museum team carefully preserves the objects and manages their conservation. Important priorities include the digital documentation and publication of collections, and the researching of provenances.
Our museum team fosters a cooperative and respectful working environment. Together with the colleagues of the Young Museum and the Porcelain Museum, we form a team comprised of diverse expert skills that complement each other and allow for differing views. The museum team is active in international museum networks. We are an open-minded and learning institution: we are curious, work on an interdisciplinary basis, and confront the challenges of a constantly changing urban society.


The Junges Museum Frankfurt  (Young Museum) shows interactive exhibitions created especially for young people aged 6 to 14. The Porzellan Museum in the Kronberger Haus in Höchst has been presenting around 1,800 Höchst faiences and porcelain since 1994, mainly from the Rococo and Neoclassical periods.

Would you like to volunteer at the Frankfurt Historical Museum? We are pleased about your interest!

Volunteers are engaged in many departments of the Historical Museum. Volunteer positions range from advising in the museum store to assist visitors and events to documentation, research or transciption in the picture archive or in one of the museum's many collections.

The placement of volunteers is coordinated by the Förderverein Historisch-Archäologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt e.V. (HAG) as a measure of museum support. The contact person is Andrea v. Bethmann, a member of the HAG board. The job offers also include voluntary work in the Archaeological Museum and in the HAG with its friends groups "Freunde & Förderer des Historischen Museums" and "Freunde des Archäologischen Museums".

Further information and our current job market can be found here.


Dr. Jan Gerchow
+49 69 212-33371

Dr. Wolfgang P. Cilleßen
Deputy Director
Curator Collections Paintings, Sculpture
+49 69 212-36721


Heidrun Czarnecki
Director's Office
+49 69 212-37773


Karin Berrío
Museum Communications
+49 69 212-37776


Management Team

Dr. Jan Gerchow (Director)
Barbara Langfeld (Head of Administration and Operation)
Sandra Baetzel (Interim Head of Administration and Operations)
Dr. Wolfgang P. Cilleßen (Head of Collection and Research)
Dr. Maren-Christine Härtel (Head of Documentation and Restoration)
Susanne Gesser (Head of Education and Participation/Head of the Young Museum)

By clicking on the arrows you will get a list of other staff members of the museum.


Administration and Operations Department

Barbara Langfeld
Head of Administration (currently absent)

Sandra Baetzel
Interim Head of Administration
+49 69 212-44463


Matteo Ciliberti
Technical Services, Building Services
+49 160 6977779


Christof Gold
Building services and museum craftsmen's service
+49 69 212-31358
+49 175 9305153


Willi Gubanek
Head of Building Services and museum craftsmen's service
+49 69 212-34586
+49 160 7187591


Irma Hoog-Kramar
Ordering, Accounting
+49 69 212-47752


Dirk Oetzel
Museum Supervisor

Krasimira Peneva (currently deputized)
Reception and cash-desk

Deputized by 
Sandra Täuber
Reception and cash-desk
+49 69 212-35599

Anja Tesch
Ordering, Accounting
+49 69 212-33370


Collection and Research Department

Dr. Wolfgang P. Cilleßen
Deputy Director and Head of Collection and Research
Collections Paintings, Sculpture
+49 69 212-36721


Dr. Frank Berger
Collections Numismatics, Militaria, Science and Research, Technology and Industry, Models and Dioramas
+49 69 212-34499


Prof. Dr. Nina Gorgus
Exhibition Coordination
Collections Everyday Culture and Household II (from 1880), Toys, Childhood and Youth Culture
+49 69 212-46550


Dr. Maren Christine Härtel
Head of Documentation and Restoration
Collections Furniture, Historical Musical Instruments, Fashion and Textiles
+49 69 212-35487


Dr. Dorothee Linnemann
Collections Graphic Arts, Photography, Media and Communication
+49 69 212-36443


Patricia Stahl
Director Porcelain Museum in Kronberger House
Collections Everyday Culture and Household I (until 1880), Crafts and Trades
+49 69 212-45474


Documentation and Restoration Department

Dr. Maren Christine Härtel
Head of Documentation and Restoration
Collections Furniture, Historical Musical Instruments, Fashion and Textiles
+49 69 212-35487


Sonja Brandt
Restauration Paper, Graphics, Leather, Parchment
+49 69 212-34405


Anja Damaschke
Restauration Paintings
+49 69 212-34740


Beate Dannhorn
Registrar, Picture Archive
+49 69 212-30596


Manuel Dold
+49 69 212-36181

Dominik Gransow
+49 69 212-34467


Verena Grande
Restauration Paper and Graphics
+49 69 212-37774


Sabine Lorenz
Restoration of arts and crafts, technical cultural assets
+49 69 212-36881


Christina Ramsch
Scientific Volunteer
Collection care and management
+49 69 212-73227


Christoph Wenzel
Restoration Furniture and Wood
+49 69 212-35984


Mediation and Participation Department

Susanne Gesser
Head of Mediation and Participation
Head of Young Museum Frankfurt
+49 69 212-35633


Sandra Baetzel
Visitor Service and Event Management, Rentals
+49 69 212-31672 (Tue + Thu: 10.00 – 16.00)

Lisa Brackmann (currently deputized)
Mediation and Exhibitions Young Museum

Deputized by:
Claudia Spezzano

+49 69 212-30698
Johann Kelm

+49 69 212-34630

Martina Dehlinger
Education and Exhibitions Young Museum
+49 69 212-48785

Laura Hollingshaus
Education and Outreach Young Museum
+49 69 212-32936


Dr. Angela Jannelli
Library of Generations, CityLab
+49 69 212-33814


Konstantin Lannert
Bolongaro Museum Höchst
+49 69 212-47775


Tanja Martinho Alves
Ksenia Ivanova
Visitor Service
+49 69 212-35154 (Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 16.00)


Dr. Franziska Mucha
Digital Museum Practice
+49 69 212-42069


Angelina Schaefer
Scientific Volunteer
Mediation and Participation
+49 69 212-33832


Freunde & Förderer

Reinhard Fröhlich
Board of Directors F&F
+49 69 212-47190


Gerhard Schleiden
Deputy Board Member F&F, Office
+49 69 12-47190