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Struwwelpeter Museum

Hinter dem Lämmchen 2-4

60311 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 (0)69 94 94 767 400


Opening hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

New Covid-19-regulations: Negative proof (vaccinated, recovered, tested) is mandatory. Wearing a medical  mouth and nose protection is mandatory. Children under 6 are exempt from this requirement. Maintaining a minimum distance of 1,5 m is compulsory.

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Opening hours on public holidays 2021

Tag der Deutschen Einheit, 03.10., 11:00 bis 18:00

Admission: Adults  € 7,00
Reduced admission (Students, People with disabilities)  € 3,50
Children from 6 years  € 3,50
Children under 6 years  free


Museum tours in English (by request and arrangement):
 Children  € 50,00 + € 2,00 p.p.
Reduced fee (Students)  € 50,00 + € 2,00 p.p.
Adults  € 70,00 + € 5,00 p.p.


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The Struwwelpeter-Museum is a public-law institution located in Frankfurt am Main.


Guarantor: Dr. Torsten Neubacher, frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e.V.

Director of the museum: Beate Zekorn-von Bebenburg

Tax number: DE114235617



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Struwwelpeter Museum
Hinter dem Lämmchen 2-4
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 (0)69 9494767400
Fax: +49 (0)69 9494767 499


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Public transport

underground line U4, U5 (Dome / Römer)
trumline 11, 12 (Römer / Paulskirche)
suburban train 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9 to Frankfurt-Hauptwache, about 10 minutes walking in the direction of “Dome /Römer”


Heinrich Hoffmann

Who was Heinrich Hoffmann?


Heinrich Hoffmann was born on June 13th, 1809 in Frankfurt am Main. His mother died before his first birthday. His father was simultaneously a master-builder

Heinrich Hoffmann

Heinrich Hoffmann

and a city building inspector. In 1813, Heinrich’s father married the sister of his dead wife, in whom Heinrich found a loving stepmother. The family lived modestly in several of Heinrich’s father’s newly constructed houses. Besides his time in school, Heinrich Hoffmann spent his whole life in Frankfurt am Main, which until 1866 was wholly independent.



Heinrich Hoffmann could not make ends meet pursuing his passion for writing. He began to study medicine at the request of his father. He studied in Heidelberg, Halle, and Paris until 1833. His fellow students nicknamed him Rabbit because he often abstained from drunken rowdiness in favor of spending time in nature and hiking.



Hoffmann established himself as a general practitioner in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt am Main. Here he lived modestly in the Gasthof zum Tannenbaum. Along with his colleagues, Hoffmann looked after a clinic for the poor, in which patients from nearby towns and with little money were treated free of charge. For Hoffmann, this extension of his student life was a happy time. He wrote many poems, which he published as a book in 1842, though to little financial success. He shined, however, as a speechmaker at official events, including the 1844 dedication of the Goethe monument.



In this year the young doctor with an insecure income married Therese Donner, the daughter of a distinguished merchant. The first of their three children, Carl Philipp, was born a year later in 1841. It was with a gift to this child that Heinrich Hoffmann would become world famous.



Hoffmann received in this year the highly sought-after position of anatomist at the Senckenbergisches Institut. The year would become historically significant, however, by way of a trifle. At Christmastime, Hoffmann was searching for a children’s book to give to his three-year-old son. Disappointed by all he found, Hoffmann decided that he himself would compose the book. He purchased a blank notebook and got to work. By Christmas Eve the book lay beneath the tree.



Were it not for the publisher Zacharias Löwenthal, it is certain that nothing more would have come of this little book. He read it by chance, and recognized in it an original kind of children’s book, and pressed Hoffmann to publish it. Hoffmann, however, was hesitant. Perhaps he was afraid of what the publication of a book for children could do to his reputation as a respected doctor and poet. Nevertheless, “on a bright, wine-influenced whim,” he consented. In the first edition, however, Hoffmann appears under the pseudonym “Reimerich Kinderlieb.” In 1845, the first 3,000 copies of the book came onto the market (not 1,500, as Hoffmann once indicated), and were quickly bought up. From then on there have been countless editions of the work.


Hoffmann published five other books for children, including King Nut-Cracker or The Dream of Poor Reinhold (1851). None of these, however, were able to repeat the success of the Struwwelpeter. Hoffmann also wrote humorous books for adults, two political satires during the 1848 revolution, among other things. In 1873 he published his final work, a collection of poetry, called “On Bright Paths” (Auf heiteren Pfaden).



Heinrich Hoffmann was also politically engaged. In March of 1848 he celebrated the revolution against princely rule with his lyric “Listen Well, my People” (“Horch auf, mein Volk”). Hoffmann was a moderate liberal, who argued for a constitutional monarchy under Prussian rule. He was a member of the pre-parliament, which organized the first German national convention in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche.



Hoffmann’s lifework was accomplished in his position as a doctor. In 1851 he became the executive of the “Institute for the Epileptic and Insane” in Frankfurt. Hoffmann, who had never before experienced working in such a ward, found his calling there. From then on he pursued the goal of the betterment of his patients’ living circumstances.


Hoffmann, in this time, pursued his work with a medical perspective that was unique at the time, that is, to treat his patients as victims of illnesses that could be treated and helped with the proper medicines. Before this time the mentally ill had been viewed as lazy, unwilling to work, or possessed by the devil. They were treated as criminals and often locked away in prisons. Hoffmann worked for years to change these common misperceptions. Hoffmann’s psychiatric case studies of mental disorders and epilepsy (1859) were published as part of his effort to gain clearance to have a new building constructed for his institute. With his imagination and perseverance, Hoffmann’s plan was eventually realized, and construction began on this exemplary psychiatric clinic, despite protests from other parties. The clinic was dedicated before the gates of the city at Affenstein in 1864. It was nicknamed the “Mad Castle” (“Irrenschloß”) by residents for its magnificent, neo-gothic design. Hoffmann lived there with his family until his retirement in 1888.



Heinrich Hoffmann died in his hometown of Frankfurt am Main on the 20th of September.


A Museum for Kids and Adults

Heinrich Hoffmann and Struwwelpeter

The world of the children’s book classic Struwwelpeter and its author, Heinrich Hoffmann, comes to life in the center of Frankfurt am Main in the “New Old Town”. Colourful, informative and entertaining for all age groups, the exhibition presents the versatile Frankfurt doctor and author Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894). His work comes alive in portraits, letters, sketches and first editions. Visitors get to know Heinrich Hoffmann as a psychiatric reformer, socially and politically active citizen, humorous poet, loving family man and convinced Frankfurters. Rare book exhibits, parodies, kitsch and art tell of the worldwide distribution of his picture book. The permanent exhibition is supplemented by special exhibitions on cultural history and children’s literature. The museum shop stocks a large selection of souvenirs and books.

Be a Shock-headed Peter for once! Museum fun for young and old

With lots of fun and games, children discover the stories in the museum anew and bring them to life. The children’s level in the exhibition design invites you to an interactive museum experience with story islands and a play path. Both young and old visitors can throw themselves around the world with “Mr Fix von Bickenbach” in 77 days or have their picture taken with the large figures from the book. Want to be a tousle-head for once? In the theatre room everyone can dress up and  reenact the Struwwelpeter stories on a stage. Of course, adult visitors are also allowed to try out how the Struwwelpeter look suits them. A creative table is available for further activities.

It is a special pleasure to celebrate a child’s birthday “at Struwwelpeter”. Kindergartens, school classes, etc. can visit the museum on a guided tour.

All inclusive at Struwwelpeter Museum!

The Struwwelpeter Museum is a non-profit inclusion enterprise, where people with and without disabilities work. The museum shop stocks beautiful products made in workshops for disabled people. Thus the museum not only preserves the material estate of Heinrich Hoffmann. The intellectual legacy of the 19th century reformer of psychiatry is also continued here in a modern way. Dr. Hoffmann had worked tirelessly for his patients.


The Struwwelpeter Museum is open from Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Get your online tickets here. You can also buy your tickets at the ticket counter in the museum provided the museum’s current visitor capacity has not been exceeded.

For your visit, you are required to present a negative proof (full vaccination, recovery, or negative test result). Visitors a required to wear a medical mouth-nose-protection.

New: Explore the museum with our free English audio guide!

We moved to our new location in the new Old Town!

Hinter dem Lämmchen 2-4
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone.: +49 (0)69 9494767400
Fax : +49 (0)69 9494767 499




Sponsored by the City of  Frankfurt am Main


Struwwelpeter musée
Hinter dem Lämmchen 2-4
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tél.: +49 (0)69 9494767400
Fax: +49 (0)69 9494767 499


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Transport en commun

Métro ligne U4, U5 (cathédrale / Römer)
tram 11, 12 (Römer / Paulskirche)
train de banlieue 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9 à Francfort Hauptwache, environ 10 minutes à pied en direction de Römer.


frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e.V.

Nous – la frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e.V. (fwg) – sommes une association d’utilité publique libre avec qui siège à Francfort-sur-le-Main. Nous portons et développons depuis 1967 des services et des institutions pour la psychiatrie communautaire de cette ville.


La frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e.V.

La réforme de la psychiatrie dans un Francfort du 19ème siècle était le résultat du travail d’Heinrich Hoffmann. Son œuvre marque un point de départ dans l’effort de rendre la vie des personnes atteintes d’une maladie psychiatrique plus digne.

Aussi l’association du musée Pierre l’Ébouriffé s’engage dans le travail pour et avec les personnes psychiquement malades : la frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e. V. (fwg) de Francfort est une institution pour la réhabilitation, l’intégration et l’encadrement pour handicapés et malades mentaux. L’acceptation, la suppression de préjugés et l’intégration sociale sont des buts dans notre campagne de sensibilisation. Notre association aide, depuis 1967, les personnes psychiquement malades et handicapés dans leur mode de vie. Nous encourageons une participation durable à la vie communautaire et un développement rationnel avec espoir et assurance.

Nos services pour handicapés et malades mentaux se résument dans les offres suivantes :

  • Service de contact et consultation psychologique
  • Lieu de rencontre dans le TreffCafé
  • Ateliers pour une formation professionnelle
  • Domiciles encadrés
  • Foyers
  • Foyers pour personnes âgées

Depuis sa fondation en 1967, la fwg est membre corporatif du Caritasverband.

Pour des renseignements supplémentaires contactez le bureau de la frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e. V:
Tel. 069 94 94 767-0
Fax 069 94 94 767-399


© 2017 frankfurter werkgemeinschaft e.V. | fwg e.V.
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