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Heylshof Museum

In the Museum Heylshof you can see paintings by Old Masters and  temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. It is one of the leading art museums in Rhineland-Palatinate. 

The impressive city residence of the von Heyl family, which today houses the art foundation “Stiftung Kunsthaus Heylshof”, is only a few steps away from the cathedral and the market square. It contains the largest privately-owned collection of late 19th-century art in Germany that can be seen in its original location and is in its original condition.

On your walk round the stately rooms you can see German, Dutch and French paintings dating from the 15 th to the 19 th century, among them the only Madonna by Rubens. 

This exquisite collection of paintings is supplemented by exhibits of fine Frankenthal porcelainglasswareearthenwarepainted glass and small-scale sculptures.

All of the exhibits were collected with loving care and a deep understanding of art by the benefactors Baron Cornelius W. von Heyl and his wife Sophie, who opened their collection to the public in 1920. Baron von Heyl was an industrialist with a factory in Worms that produced leather.

The permanent collection is well worth seeing, and there are also special exhibitions of contemporary art that change regularly.

The city residence (Stadtpalais) itself is also well worth seeing, with its magnificent staircase, its suites of rooms, its tasteful furnishings and the views of the cathedral. In the gardens of the residence  – a green oasis of calm in the city center – you can explore the place where bishops and emperors resided and where the reformer Martin Luther was summoned in 1521 to the Diet of Worms and had to answer the charges against him.

At a glance ...

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Postal address:

Heylshof Museum
Stephansgasse 9
67547 Worms  


Telephone: +49 (0)2 20 00

Opening hours:

  • March to December 
  • Tuesday - Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday and public holidays 11:00 - 17:00
  • Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Eve (24.12.), 1st Christmas Day (25.12.), New Year's Eve (31.12.) as well as in January and February.
  • Open at Monday, 30.12.2019!
  • "Art break" - short guided tour and a cup of coffee, Wednesdays, 13 to 14 o'clock (seasonal offer) 

Admission charges:

  • Adults EUR 5,00
  • Pupils / Students / Trainees (with ID) EUR 2,00
  • Under 18s free admission
  • Groups (of 10 or more) EUR 3,50 per person
  • concession EUR 1,00 €
  • On every first Sunday the entrance is free for all visitors. 
  • "Art break" EUR 5,00 / Members of the support group EUR 1,50 

Did you know?

  1. The museum building, the former “Villa Heyl”, was built between1881 and 1884 for the leather industrialist Baron Cornelius W. von Heyl zu Herrnsheim and his wife by Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli, who had studied under the famous architect Gottfried Semper. It stands in the grounds of the medieval bishop’s palace, a residence for the prince bishops that was destroyed in the aftermath of the French Revolution. 
  2. Baron von Heyl and his wife were enthusiastic art collectors. In 1920 they donated their collection to a foundation and opened it to the public. 
  3. Today the museum belongs to the foundation Stiftung Kunsthaus Heylshof. It is one of the leading art museums in Rhineland-Palatinate and contains the only Madonna by Rubens
  4. The Heylshof, as the museum building is called, suffered bomb damage in the Second World War (in 1945). Fortunately, the exhibits had been removed and stored in safety. Since 1961 they have been on display again in their original location. 
  5. The Heylshof can also be used as a venue for wedding ceremonies, which take place in the romantic “round hall” and use the “champagne terrace” with its view of the gardens. 
  6. You can take a delightful stroll in the gardens (no admission charge), located between the cathedral and the city wall, and here you can find information about the former bishop’s palace and about Martin Luther in Worms. In the summer, during the Nibelungen Festival, the gardens become what is probably the finest theater foyer in Germany, where guests can dine and enjoy a glass of wine in the open air.

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