Visitor information

Dear visitors,

Please note that due to the current regulations in Baden-Württemberg, effective since August 14, 2021, visitors must present one of the following in order to enter the MAINS:

  • Certified negative Corona rapid test (max. 24 hours old),
  • Corona vaccination certificate: This must confirm vaccination was completed at least 14 days prior to visit and if called for by vaccine, that second round has been administered.
  • Recovery certificate in the form of a PCR test confirming previous infection, which may not be older than six months.

Symptom-free children are considered test-negative at pre-school age or if they attend

  • elementary schools,
  • special education and counseling centers,
  • post-elementary schools,
  • vocational schools.

Credibility generally should be provided by a respective piece of identification (e.g. student ID or proof of age).

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

  • Opening hours / Admission

    • As of July 1, 2021 our normal opening hours will be reinstated:
      • Thursday, Friday: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Exhibition break: September 1–30, 2021
    • Visiting the exhibitions is currently possible with contact tracking and without testing requirements.
    • 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. If you do not have a mask with you, you can get one on site for a donation.
    • 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 or via the luca 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.