You have always wanted to know what “Helau” and “Alaaf” actually mean? Or what the carnival soapbox is all about? The German Carnival Museum, which can be found not in Cologne or Mainz, but in Lower Franconia, provides answers to questions relating to Carnival customs. Since the 1960s, experts have built up the most significant collection in the German-speaking area there, consisting of several thousand objects relating to the topic of Carnival. Since the end of 2014, the German Carnival Museum has presented its exhibits on more than 500 m² with a completely new design and barrier-free access.
In the permanent exhibition, visitors embark on a journey through the history of “Carnival” from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and encounter medieval fool characters, early mask figures, participants in the bearded mask carnival, figures from the commedia dell'arte and participants in baroque costume parties, as well as the civic carnival. A number of media stations provide detailed insights for those who are interested.
The museum's attractions include the virtual “fool theatre”: Here, twelve figures with costumes from a variety of Carnival regions are not only brought to life; they also compete with one another in an amusing competition. In addition, elements of traditional processions – the deafening roar and the dazzling blaze of colour of countless costumes – can be experienced up close thanks to modern technology. Immerse yourself in the bustle of Carnival!
For opening times and admission prices please visit the original website.