The "Civic Cabinet of Arts and Curios in the Suermondt Ludwig Museum has it all. Chinese puzzle balls, a South Sea snail shell, devilishly complicated door locks and the priceless "Lobkowitzscher Kaiserpokal" – the range of curiosities Aachen's citizens have collected since the late 19th century is truly astounding. It even includes a late-Gothic wrought-iron dog muzzle. It might not seem like it at first sight, but there is method behind this bizarre collocation of oddities. Many 19th-century collectors aspired to display the world in its entirety, and so they collected objects from all domains.
A visit to our house is a journey of exploration into the world of paintings and sculptures, graphic art and handicrafts from classical times through to the last century. Your visit helps to maintain the living continuity of cultural history. On request, we will be delighted to accompany you on guided tours. We offer expert talks and seminars to illuminate the context of our exhibitions. We also offer scope for our visitors to enjoy exploring their own creative-artistic impulses in courses, activities or art projects relating to our exhibitions and the treasures in our collections. The art education events and programmes we offer are tailored to the specific age group of our guests. Just ask us!
Poetry (in German)
The Suermondt Ludwig Museum is affectionately referred to as Aachen's own "Salon". The Villa Cassalette, a magnificent city palace dating from the 19th century, houses collections of priceless works of art. Its collection of medieval sculptures is superb, and one of the most prominent collections in all of Germany. And it also boasts an excellent range of late-Gothic German and Dutch panel paintings as well as works of Dutch Masters of the Baroque era. In addition, the Villa Cassalette is home to a small but exquisite collection of 19th-century and early20th-century paintings, a gallery of prints and drawings and a comprehensive collection of arts and crafts items, the most precious of which are on show in the "Civic Cabinet of Arts and Curios".