A warm welcome...
… to the city museum in the Andreasstift in Worms!
Evidence that Worms played a role in world history can be found in the municipal Museum in the Andreasstift. Finds from the Stone Age and from Roman times, evidence of high culture in the Middle Ages and the sources that document Luther’s appearance before the Diet of Worms reflect the city’s historical importance and take you on an impressive journey through the centuries.
The permanent collection is currently closed for refurbishment. We thank you for your understanding.
+++ Special Exhibition: 3rd July – 30th December 2021 +++
The Rhineland-Palatinate Exhibition “Here I stand. Conscience and Protest – 1521 to 2021” marks the 500th anniversary of the Diet of Worms in 1521, at which Martin Luther refused to recant his writings and theses on the sale of indulgences and on the authority of the Church to interpret the Holy Scripture. This anniversary serves as an opportunity to examine the historical development of the notion “freedom of conscience”.
- The present museum building (the former “Andreasstift” and St. Andrew’s Church) dates back to the beginning of the 11th century. It is part of the rich Romanesque architectural heritage of the city.
- The “Andreasstift” (a collegiate church) was founded in the year 1000 and secularized in 1802. Before it became a museum, it was used as a store for fruit and by the city’s fire service.
- The core of the museum’s exhibits consists of rich archeological finds donated by the local history association (the “Altertumsverein”). They include one of the largest collections of Roman glassware in Germany.
- The ancient walls of the building form a perfect setting for exploring the history of the City of Worms. Admission to the cloister and the inner courtyard is free, and there is an admission charge for the collection in the museum.
- Another way to experience the atmosphere of this rather special environment is by attending one of the large number of events, for example Culture Night, an open-air performance in the museum’s courtyard (Theater im Museumshof), and the Nibelungen Festival. Find out about current and upcoming events here.
- A short walk from the cathedral (main entrance) past the youth hostel and St. Magnus’ Church takes you to the idyllic Weckerling Square (Weckerlingplatz). You will find the museum here, adjoining the medieval city wall at St. Andrew’s Gate and the ring round the city that was once a moat.