Welcome to the city museum of Trier!
The City Museum Simeonstift in Trier shows art and cultural treasures from the Middle Ages to well into the 21th century. The exhibition is founded on a collection of valuable donations made by well-known citizens of the city. The artefacts on display are divided into a variety of sections, including paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts, Coptic textiles, furniture and small Oriental plastic art forms.
The focal point of the permanent exhibition revolves around the history of the city of Trier. Regularly changing special exhibitions are dedicated to Trier’s native artists or to topics associated with the city. The collection is housed in the Roman building of the Collegiate of St. Simeon, which originates from the 11th century and is directly adjacent to the Porta Nigra. Also worthy of note is the building itself, which boasts one of the oldest and rarely preserved two-storey cloisters. The admission price includes an audio guide (D/E/F/NL), also available as an audio guided tour for children (D).
- Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The museum is closed on Mondays.
- Admission 5.50 €, reduced 4 €
- Groups (min. of 10) 4 € per person
- Families (2 adults and children) 9 €
- Admission free for children to the age of 10
- School classes with teachers 1 € per person
- Reduced fee with Trier-Card 25%
- Every first Sunday of the month only 1 € per person
Fees for guided tours
- School classes 3 € per pupil
- Guided tour in English for private groups (advance booking required) 60 € plus reduced admission fee per person
- To book a guided tour, contact us by e-mail or by telephone at +49 (0)651 718-1452.
The Stadtmuseum is situated next to the Porta Nigra in the Romanesque Simeonstift building. A ten minutes’ walk from the main station, bus stops (Porta Nigra & Simeonstiftplatz) for all city buses as well as multi-storey and underground car parks are all located in the vicinity.
The disabled accessible entrance to the Museum is via “Brunnenhof”. A lift in the central stairwell provides unobstructed access to all areas of the Museum. Disabled toilets are located in the basement (accessible via lift).
Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier
Phone: +49 (0)651 718-1459
Fax: +49 (0)651 718-1458
The 3G rule currently applies to visits to the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier and its events. Visiting our museum is possible without prior registration. Access for people with current proof of vaccination, convalescent status or current negative certified rapid antigen test or PCR test. Proof of vaccination, proof of recovery and corona tests are checked before entering the museum. Masks are not compulsory wherever there is a check on the vaccination status or the test at the entrance (for 3G, 2G or 2Gplus). In our museum educational offers, masks are still compulsory for participants, supervisors and tour guides. Please note the instructions and information on site.
The history of Trier
Some 900 objects from 2,000 years of town history await visitors on 1,000 square metres of exhibition space. Donations from citizens of Trier formed the point of departure for this collection, and the various sections on the town’s history are accordingly diverse. Spread throughout the northern and eastern wings of the museum, they include paintings and sculptures, porcelain and textiles, but also an outstanding collection of Eastern Asian objects, all providing insight into Trier’s economic, political and cultural past.
Rome’s Legacy. Visions and Myths in Art
June 25 – November 27, 2022
The exhibition sheds light on the legacy of the Roman Empire in the history of art and culture. Today the empire is still seen as a benchmark for civilisation, culture, and power. The artistic response to the Roman imperial theme can be traced down the centuries and in every period it holds up a mirror to contemporary ideas of history and the world. Visitors begin their tour with the mythologisation of the fall of Rome by the Church fathers of late Antiquity. In the 19th century, the demise of Rome was seen as ushering in independence and freedom for her former subjects. Burgeoning nationalism produced numerous paintings and sculptures of the various heroes who defended “their” lands against “Roman oppression”: Arminius in Germany, Vercingétorix in France, and Boudicca in England, for example. This imagery was carried over into the 20th century, when it became exaggerated and perverted under fascism. Given this range of responses, it is not surprising that the significance of the empire is highly contested, as the exhibition impressively demonstrates. Sometimes its fall is portrayed as the “worst misfortune”, sometimes as the “glorious triumph of freedom”. Its legacy is forever being reinterpreted, redefined, and processed into something new.
Fascination Art Nouveau. Decorative ceramics by Servais-Werke Ehrang
March 27 – November 13 2022
It all started with a vase: ten years ago, the City Museum discovered two Art Nouveau vases with the stamp of a regional manufacturer at an auction and came across the almost forgotten history of the Servais ceramic works from Trier-Ehrang. Now the museum not only has an impressive collection of decorative objects from the production period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each piece also expanded knowledge of the company’s history and the artists who worked there and brought their fascination with Art Nouveau to Trier.