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Art history tours

“One of Germany’s largest universities”, “Baroque palace”, “thousands of students”, “even more bicycles”, “huge auditoriums”, “modern research”

People associate many things with the University of Münster, but art is not necessarily one of them. Yet art can be found at numerous locations on campus and can tell us fascinating stories about our past and present.

If you are interested in art, culture and history and would like to get to know the University from a different perspective, join us on a tour of discovery. We offer a selection of art history tours around campus and through the university buildings.

Tour descriptions

Following are two examples of tours offered at the University of Münster:


The Schloss: Late Baroque residential palace and main building of the University

Münster’s Schloss dates back to the late Baroque period and is considered one of the masterpieces of the architect Johann Conrad Schlaun. Gutted by fire during World War II, the palace was completely rebuilt after 1945 as the main building of the University of Münster. Meanwhile, both the Baroque façade and the 1950s interior design are registered under historical landmark protection. In this tour, we take you around the main building and introduce you to the history of the Schloss and the University.


Bike tour of the artworks on campus

“The city is our campus.” With this motto in mind, we invite you to discover works of art by bicycle. From Domplatz to the University Hospital to the new buildings at the Natural Science Centre – there are numerous artworks all over campus that are waiting to be discovered and discussed. The spectrum ranges from works dating back to Germany’s economic miracle of the 1950s to the latest pieces of contemporary art. On this tour you can literally bike your way through modern art history. Visit the Münster Marketing website [de] for a list of bike rental firms in Münster.

Tour details

Duration: 90 minutes
Group size: max. 20 people
Fee: 90 euros per group
Language: German or English

The tour fees are used to maintain and preserve the art holdings of the University.

The dates of upcoming tours can be found on the University Events Calendar and here on this page as well. In addition to our regular public tours, we offer individually arranged tours upon request.

Brochure: KunstRaumSchloss Cover Brosch _re Kunstraumschloss

Art enthusiasts who wish to take their own discovery tour can download the brochure KunstRaumSchloss. It contains information in English and German about the artworks inside and around the palace. You can obtain a print copy of this brochure in the Schloss.