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From the promise
of equality

CityLab process: June 2022 to May 2023
Exhibition: 13 May 2023 to 11 August 2024

Almost 175 years ago now, the first National Assembly met in Frankfurt's St. Paul’s Church (Paulskirche). On the occasion of this anniversary, the Historical Museum Frankfurt is organizing a Democracy Lab. Together with the people of Frankfurt, an exhibition with a variety of views on democracy is to be created. This participatory exhibition format is called CityLab (Stadtlabor).

The most important principle of democracy is the equality of people. Nevertheless, people can participate differently in political life. Their position in society influences how they can speak and be heard. Privileges determine how they can organize politically and be represented in parliament. This runs counter to the democratic promise of equality.

How can political participation succeed for all?
What can democracy look like in everyday life?
How do we want to live together in Frankfurt in the future?

In this
CityLab, different perspectives on democracy are to be taken into account. For this purpose, we invite in particular those people who experience discrimination. 

The CityLab is a democratic exhibition principle. The process is in the center of attention. The exact topics will be determined together. The participants bring in their points of view and work out the contributions. The museum team brings its experience in exhibiting and organizing, supported by two designers. Decisions about the exhibition are made together. Our goal is to create protected spaces where an open and appreciative exchange is possible.


For questions

Subject "Democracy"

Sponsors and cooperation partners


Deutsche Postcode Lotterie
Evonik Stiftung
Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurter Kinderbüro
Frankfurter Programm Aktive Nachbarschaft
Freunde & Förderer Historisches Museum Frankfurt


Netzwerk Paulskirche