{Germany} If I had a hammer…

August 17, 2012


“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
(Abraham Maslow, 1908-1970, American psychologist)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know by now that I have a liking for unusual and curious museums. So when someone mentioned there was a Hammer Museum in Frankfurt, I just had to go and seek it out.

The Hammer Museum is another one of these cases where some would argue, when is a museum a museum. It’s situated on the top floor of a cobbler’s shop and is fairly small. It also has zero interpretation or even labelling, save for some quotes that have been hammered out onto tin sheets and scattered around the room in between the hammers. I guess you could says it’s more of a display or a private collection rather than a whole museum. But it definitely has a lot of hammers.

There are metal hammers and wooden hammers and rubber hammers. Even a clay hammer, though I’m not sure how useful that would be. There are round hammers and square hammers, pointed hammers and blunt hammers, plain hammers and hammers decorated with carvings or flower patterns. There are huge hammers and tiny hammers, including the world’s tiniest hammer made by a German goldsmith and measuring 0.85mm in total length or only 0.55mm for the hammer head.

If those aren’t enough hammers for you, you’ll also find some hammer novelty items, such as a baby’s rubber mallet (yes, some of the hammers on display are actually mallets, but unless you’re an expert in hammers it’s hard to tell without any labelling). Or the Lego hammer. Or keychain hammer. Or hammer lighter. Or, my favourite, the hammer cookie cutter.

So, don’t go out of your way to hunt down this museum (which actually, I didn’t, as my hotel was only a 5 minute walk away), but if you’re visiting Frankfurt by train and still have 10 or 15 minutes to spare, then sure, stop by the Hammer Museum before heading to the Central Station (which is also only a 5 minute walk away), and marvel at the large collection of hammers. It’s free to go in, and open daily 8:30am to 6:30pm except Sundays.


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2 Responses to “{Germany} If I had a hammer…”

  1. Travelwriticus Says:

    Thanks for this interesting tip. Btw in my region there is a museum about wood planes (tool for carpenter).


    • jennifuchs Says:

      Really? I would totally love to see that! In Remscheid, Germany, there is a tool museum (“Deutsches Werkzeug Museum”). It’s near where my parents live, so I hope to get there next time I visit them.


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