The Historical Museum, located in the city's former slaughterhouse (1587) since 1920, aims to evoke the city's urban history including its political, economical, social and cultural history. Its wealth of collections span the years gone by: scale models such as the plan-relief of 1727 which reproduces the city and its surroundings on a scale of 1:600, paintings and graphic arts, military weapons and uniforms as well as objects from everyday life. In addition to the grand history and the memory of great historical figures such as General Jean-Baptiste Kléber, the evidence of the life ordinary citizens led (costumes, furniture, etc.) and the archaeological collections make it possible to retrace centuries of life in Strasbourg.
The general public can view Strasbourg's history on display at the museum - from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. As of November 2013, new rooms have completed this stretch, exhibiting the period between 1800 and 1949. Many aspects of life in Strasbourg are featured in these rooms - from Napoleon's visits to when the Council of Europe was founded.
Audio guides free of charge.
Information in French, German and English.
Games and activities for young visitors throughout the tour.
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The museum's themes: the history of the town from the middle ages to the assassination of general Kléber in 1800 In July 2007 the Museum of the History of Strasbourg reopened after being closed for twenty years. Housed in the former slaughter house built in 1587, the museum offers an attractive visit around the 1325 objects concerning everyday life as well as events and people that have influenced Strasbourg's history from the 13th century up to 1800. Since the entire renovation of the building and the whole equipment, visitors are now able to discover interactively and by means of games two of the three chapters that are already completed. The first of these is centred around the Free City of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire, and attempts to answer the following questions: how do you define a Free City and was democracy really involved? This section ends by referring to the importance of printing in Strasbourg and its impact on Humanism and the Reform. The second chapter portrays the Royal Free City attached to the kingdom of France from 1681, and shows the changes in political, military, religious and artistic matters. At the centre of this section a presentation of the Relief Plan of 1727 enables the visitor to get a clearer idea of what the city looked like at the beginning of the 18th century. This section ends with references to the French Revolution, the creation of the Marseillaise, and Kléber, the general from Strasbourg. Several projections and a mini show are added to the visit, accessible to a wide public. As well as this, a free audio guide is available. All texts are translated into French, German and English. Various games and activities aimed particularly at young visitors are designed to make the tour more attractive. The third chapter that is in the making concerns the 19th and 20th centuries, and will open around 2012.