On the three lower levels of the museum as well as in a space devoted to the current town planning (2,200 m2 in total), the new exhibition tells the eventful history of the city of Luxembourg, from its origins in the 10th century to the present day. By following the chronology of urban development, divided into four major periods and 17 topics, the exhibition focuses on the most important and characteristic aspects of each epoch.

The exhibition provides local as well as foreign audiences with a concise introduction to the history of the city, with a corresponding selection of objects, films and sound documents, photographs and multimedia applications.

The "Future Outlook" section, near the museum’s reception, is devoted to the organization of the urban space: a large 1:2,500 scale 3D model as well as a multitouch table allow visitors to familiarize with present and future questions of urbanism.

In addition to more than 500 original objects, The Luxembourg Story offers several interactive features for further information. The visit is complemented by new multimedia animations of the urban scale models (1:666) which illustrate the key moments of the city’s history.

The topics:

10th to 18th century
The medieval town - The fortress - Citizens and soldiers - Churches and monasteries
19th century
The path to independence - The capital city - The end of the fortress - The open city - The industrial city - Trade in the city - The citizens’ city
20th century
The city in crisis - Under German occupation - The European city - The financial centre - The changing city
21st century
Future Outlook

The Lëtzebuerg City Museum offers its public a mobile application entitled

"Lëtzebuerg City Museum - The Luxembourg Story"

The comprehensive app works in French, German and English and offers three modes of visit: audio tours for adults and children and a more in-depth "discovery" mode. A "kids quiz" invites young visitors to test their knowledge. All this is complemented by a presentation of the current exhibitions, the building and the collections, as well as all the practical information (prices, opening hours, cultural and educational programme). A site map with integrated navigation facilitates orientation in the rooms. Finally, an "open book" allows visitors to leave their comments after visiting the museum.


The APP has been enriched with a thematic audio tour on the history of clothing ("L'habit fait le moine", in French, German and English): comprising 32 stations, it follows the chronology of the exhibition, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, emphasising what clothes tell us, over the centuries, about the people who wear them.

Topics covered: (in the Middle Ages) bourgeois merchants, knights' armour, religious dress; (from the 16th to the 18th century) uniforms; the clothes of the court nobility; liturgical clothes; the attributes of the saints; the clothes of the statue of the Virgin Mary; the sans-culottes and the Napoleonic era; (in the 19th century) the high nobility in the early 19th century; insignia of power; society and dress code; gloves; workers' clothing; 18th to 19th century fashion on portraits of bourgeois; colour conventions and social distinction; children's clothing; (20th century) clothing with memories; stereotypes of "national" costumes.