Museum of Garden Art

Opening hours

  • Monday

    11 am - 5 pm

  • Tuesday

    11 am - 5 pm

  • Wednesday


  • Thursday


  • Friday

    2 pm - 5 pm

  • Saturday

    11 am - 6 pm

  • Sunday

    11 am - 6 pm


and its diversity

Concerning its topics, the Museum of Garden Art is unique, as it is dedicated to the diversity of European garden art. Apart from an overview of the estimated 2,500 years of garden history, various aspects of garden art are focused upon: Flower fashions, sculptures in the park, the art of wood carving, the garden as a pharmacy or the introduction of rare flowers. Benrath Palace and its far-stretching Park are represented, as well as Düsseldorf as a city of flowers along with an exemplary outlook on current tendencies of garden art.

Paintings, sculptures, porcelain, artwork, devices and valuable books are presented on an exhibition area of about 2,000 square metres and in 41 rooms with various types of media such as models, films and listening stations. Ostensibly, they sum up the artistic designs of old and new gardens. The museum offers an overall glimpse at the cultural history of gardens from ancient times to the modern world.

The former Cavaliers‘ (guest and service) Wing is located between garden areas, the Palace Pond and the largely reconstructed rooms hosting numerous historic architectural elements such as fireplaces, heating, doors and wall panels. Thanks to its location, the museum sets an edifying frame for a journey through the centuries-old history of garden art and of Benrath Palace.

The charming atmosphere of the inner courtyard with its unusual ground plan, its archways supported by wooden pillars and the collection of historic citrus trees referencing the three-hundred-years-old Orangery tradition at Benrath Palace between April and October invite the visitor to linger, especially during the summer months.

Our Current Special Exhibition at the Museum of Garden Art

Duration: April 21, 2023 – December 3, 2023

The confrontations around the Hambach Forest in 2018 were of striking symbolism. Photographers pointedly portrayed the conflict and its underlying contradictions: on the one hand, squatters and demonstrators living in tree houses with the intention of saving the forest; on the other, police forces securing the legally regulated mining of lignite by RWE. This confrontation was complemented by images of the unconditional destruction of nature and the gigantic infrastructures of fossil energy production in devastated landscapes. In the end, the protest prevailed - the destruction of the forest was averted and the coal phase-out in North Rhine-Westphalia has now been fixed until 2030. In 2021, the Cologne Administrative Court ruled that the police's clearing of the forest was unlawful.

The exhibition at the Museum of Garden Art recapitulates the events, presents four photographic positions, and aims to inspire a new reflection on the conflict situation from hindsight and in the midst of a current crisis of energy supply and climate change.

More information about the special exhibition can be found here.

Preceding Special Exhibitions at the Museum of Garden Art

Our house rules

  • Bags, umbrellas and other luggage please stay in the checkroom.
  • Bringing drinks and food in the historical rooms is not allowed.
  • Please do not touch anything.
  • Please take photos for private purpose only and without flash.
Miniature replica of a garden design by Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe.

Garden Design from Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe

Sculptures of children in hunting clothes.

The Hunt as a Festive Pleasure

Two sculptures from the baroque garden.

Picture Programs in the Baroque Garden

Two large white sculptures of the Baroque period.

Baroque Garden Art in the Museum

Miniature replica of Villa Capra near Vincenza by Andrea Palladio.

Villa Capra near Vincenza by Andrea Palladio

Inner courtyard of the east wing with green plants and trees in tubs.

Citrus Plants in the Courtyard of the Museum