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The history of the museum

Geschichte des Museums Briefmarken in der Dauerausstellung © Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
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The museum has its roots in the decision during the Second World War to evacuate and put into safe storage the collection of the Imperial Postal Museum (Reichspostmuseum) in Berlin. In 1945, the US forces discovered a substantial part of that collection and took it to Hesse, which was in their occupation zone. The holdings from the Imperial Postal Museum provided the basis for the Frankfurt museum opened in 1958 as the West German Federal Postal Museum (Bundespostmuseum). Housed in a Wilhelminian mansion, the museum was one of the first on Schaumainkai, which runs along the stretch of the River Main now known as the ‘Museum Embankment’.

The new museum building with its highly unusual and attractive architecture was inaugurated in 1990. The old mansion was extensively renovated and now houses the museum administration.

The Museum for Communication Frankfurt belongs to the Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication. Alongside the Museum for Communication Berlin, the Foundation also runs the Museum for Communication Nuremberg and the Philatelic Archive in Bonn.


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