Visitor information

Closed for assembly of new exhibition until January 28.

Dear Visitors,

Please note that due to the Corona State Ordinance of Baden-Württemberg, effected on January 12, one of the following forms of proof is now required by the "2G plus" rule to visit the MAINS:

  • digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate confirming completed vaccination (QR-Code),
  • Recovery certificate that is not older than six months

Currently in Heidelberg, the "2G-Plus regulation" and an FFP2 mask requirement indoors for people 18 years of age and older are in effect. Vaccinated and recovered individuals require a negative rapid COVID-19 test (max. 24 hours old) or COVID-19 PCR test (max. 48 hours old). Exemptions from this rule include anyone who has received their third vaccination or whose basic immunization (2nd vaccination) or recovery was not more than 3 months ago, as well as individuals who are not recommended by the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) for a booster vaccination (children and adolescents with complete vaccination protection up to and including 17 years of age and pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy).

Digital certificates must be presented, either via app or with QR code in paper form (which are available at pharmacies). The yellow vaccination certificate is no longer sufficient. Additionally, an official identification document is required for verification..

If there are no symptoms, children up to school age and pupils up to 17 years of age who take part in regular tests as part of their school attendance are also admitted. Credible proof of pupil status should be provided by an appropriate identification document (pupil ID card or proof of age). However, during school vacations, certified negative COVID-19 rapid tests are required for students (max. 24 hours old) due to the lack of regular testing.

Spontaneous visits without an appointment are still possible. The duration of stay in the MAINS is unlimited within the opening hours.

  • Opening hours / Admission

    • Thursday, Friday: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Exhibition break: January 17 to 28, 2022
    • The guided tours take place every Sunday at 3 p.m. Registration is not required.
    • Admission and guided tours are free of charge.
  • Hygiene and protective measures

    • Visiting the MAINS is only permitted while wearing a medical face mask or FFP2 mask. This applies to all visitors 6 years of age or older. An FFP2 mask (or equivalent) is mandatory indoors for individuals 18 years of age and older.
    • According to the current German COVID regulations (§ 8 CoronaVO), we are required to collect the following data to track possible infection routes: First and last name, address, date and period of presence as well as telephone number. The data is collected either in writing, via the luca app or anonymously via Corona-Warn app. Your data will be deleted four weeks after your visit.
    • Please disinfect your hands when you enter the MAINS. Disinfection stations are available at the entrance and in the restrooms.
    • Floor markings will guide you through the exhibitions.
    • Please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other visitors and staff.
    • The protection and hygiene concept can be viewed upon request.


  • Your Visit

    The MAINS is located at Kurfürstenanlage 52, 69115 Heidelberg, close to Heidelberg's central train station. During opening hours, our staff will be happy to provide explanations and help with any questions you may have about the exhibitions.

    The consumption of food and beverages is not permitted in our exhibition space.

  • Groups / School Classes

    Visiting the exhibition with a guided tour through the MAINS outside of standard opening hours is possible by appointment. The maximum group size is limited to 35 individuals.

    Please propose at least two potential appointments, the number of individuals, as well as the level of school class. If you would prefer to focus on specific themes of the exhibition, just let us know. Send inquiries to:

  • Accessibility

    The MAINS is located on the ground floor and all areas including the exhibition stations are accessible with both walkers and wheelchairs. The use of certain stations (e.g. touch screens) depends on individual restrictions.

    The building has wheelchair accessible restrooms. Please contact the staff on site for access.

  • Directions / Parking

    Due to limited parking, we recommend travelling by public transport. The MAINS is about a five-minute walk either from Heidelberg’s central train station or the "Stadtwerke" bus/streetcar stop.

    Parking garages can be found nearby (link to Google Maps). Parking fees will apply.

  • News from the MAINS

    We would gladly keep you informed about our exhibitions and events. If you are interested, please contact us via email or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

  • House and visitor regulations

    The house and visitor regulations are intended to ensure a pleasant visit to the MAINS. By entering the MAINS, you acknowledge our regulations and any additional instructions issued to maintain operational safety. For a full list of regulations, please see the link below.