„Dear colleagues, dear friends!

The 12th HO! Conference 2019 will take place at the Young Museum Frankfurt/ Germany! Me and my team welcome you all to our city and at our museum! I invite you to join the conference and to meet colleagues from all over the world. Take the chance to exchange experiences, ideas and memories with us all.  Together we will have four full days of interesting speeches, workshops, talks and excursions to other gorgeous museums in Frankfurt as well as to children museums in Germany.

The Children in Museums Award ceremony 2019 will take place at the historic emperors hall, where  the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire had their coronation ceremonies.

Me and Hands On! invite you to participate at our 12th HO! Conference and to overtake an active part of contribution. I’m looking forward seeing you all. With a warm welcome, Susanne Gesser”

-Director of the Young Museum Frankfurt& Vice President of Hands On!

Junges Museum | Young Museum

The  Young Museum Frankfurt is brand new – and yet it has a 45-year history. Opened in 1972 as part of the Frankfurt Historical Museum, the children’s museum has now returned with a new name – Junges Museum– and an expanded range of activities and spaces!

On 600 square metres, one of Europe’s oldest children’s Museums and Children in Museums Award nominee 2018, offers various changing exhibitions and programmes for young audiences. Our conference will take place amidst numerous workshop areas and the unique historical role play areas, where visitors can play their way through an old country shop, a great-grandparents’ kitchen and a historical drugstore.

The popular printing workshop is set up in an beautiful old vaulted basement and equipped with the original furnishings from historical Frankfurt print shops, such as type cases filled with countless different fonts, and mechanical presses. Paper is created from scratch in the papermaking workshop next door. Several zinc wash tubs serve as basins where different paper pulps are mixed by the workshop participants themselves, resulting in very experimental and individual types of paper.New to the programme is the research laboratory. Here visitors are introduced to historical Frankfurt scholars and scientists and their work.

In addition to its numerous exhibitions and workshops, important additional activities and concepts have emerged from the Young Museum in the past decades: the Young Museum on tour, a free, open socio-cultural  programme in the surrounding Frankfurt districts and the biography archive Frankfurt Live! for teenagers.

Long before moving back into the Museum quarter, the Young Museum was already making its mark on the Frankfurt Historical Museum, with its interactive contributions to multiple projects of the museum. Family trails with activity stations now weave their way through the permanent exhibitions. Additionally, two study rooms are especially designed to serve visitors of all ages. These intimate, object-filled spaces, invite visitors to delve deeper into various individual topics.


Historisches Museum | Historical Museum

The Historisches Museum Frankfurt has transformed from a museum of history to the innovative city museum of Frankfurt. Its new exhibition house opened in 2017, with two new permanent exhibitions:Frankfurt Now! and Frankfurt Then?, and its introductory exhibitions Staufer Port and The Snowglobe. The Museum is now a place of information, reflection and discussion about Frankfurt, offering different explanations and background knowledge on the city’s history. As a forum for important topics of urban society, it contributes to the understanding of the present and future of the city. The collections, exhibitions and events at the museum react to the present day just as much as they ask questions about the future. The museum encourages participation, takes its visitors’ wealth of experience and knowledge seriously and integrates it into its collections. The new Historisches Museum Frankfurt reaches out to all inhabitants of, and visitors to, the small metropolis on the Main.
Frankfurt is the city with the highest proportion of inhabitants with a multicultural biography in Germany. The museum aims to mirror this formative characteristic of the city in its programs, its collections as well as in its staff. A continuous collaboration with protagonists of this new city society is a strategic element of this commitment.