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Address: Simeonstr. 60 | Next to the Porta Nigra, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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+49 651 7181459
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The City Museum Simeonstift in Trier shows art and cultural treasures from...

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).

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Interesting, but you need the audio guide

Excellent museum very close to the Porta Niagra. Excellent Nero exhibition was on while I was there. Very well laid out and definitely worth a visit. I just wish I'd taken the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Whilst a free audio guide is included in the price (€4 for AntiqCard holders), it only translates for a minority of artifacts and art in the museum. Also, the arrangement of objects is somewhat haphazard, with medieval material and then modern interpretations all in one room as an example. The temporary exhibitions were of gingerbread houses and modern art, respectively,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Not a must, but still gives a good overview of ancient Trier. Due to the ongoing Nero exhibition I cant't tell much about what's normally shown.

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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Excellent museum very close to the Porta Niagra. Excellent Nero exhibition was on while I was there. Very well laid out and definitely worth a visit. I just wish I'd taken the audio guide, which I will next time.

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Brasschaat, Belgium
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

We have been in the museum: an exhibition about the roman emperor Nero, seen through the ages in all kinds of media: literature, movie (remember Peter Ustinov ?) and opera. The rise and fall of the emperor. Next to it was the "normal" exhibition of the museum: unbelievably what they can teach us about the local history represented with so... More 

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Coesfeld
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

Don't forget to ask for an audio guide an you will make the most of your visit. You can see the original market cross and the original statues of the baroque fountain in Market Square. Try not to be in hurry, so you can enjoy each of the different departments.

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bardolino
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Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

The museum provides a fascinating overview of the history of Trier. Good audio guide in German, English, French, or Dutch. Semi integrated with the Porta Nigra.

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2015

We had two hours to kill on a wet afternoon in Trier and chose to visit this museum. In fact it should be on most people's agenda: there are all sorts of interesting historic and artistic exhibits and a cinema with an equally interesting black and white twentieth century film collection, including some unpleasant and disturbing shots of Third Reich... More 

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Reviewed 4 September 2015

This was a good little museum. The exhibits were historically interesting, and rather beautiful. It is always a good deal to buy the combination tickets for both the museum and the Porta Nigra. You'll save a little bit of money doing that.

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Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

I would rank this landmark as excellent for only one thing. The audio tour. It is far more than excellent that although the paintings are nice I was not that impressed having visited many museums in Paris and Vienna, but whoever designed the audio tour is a master professional.

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Reviewed 8 June 2015

The folks who put together this audio tour should give lessons to overseas museums. It offered thorough, in depth information on almost all the artifacts, instead of just a general overview of the gallery and perhaps one of two exhibits. A thoroughly wonderful musuem.

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