Louise Dumont und Gustav Lindemann gathered together artifacts from the local theatre between 1904 and 1933 which were passed to the city in 1947. Situated on the edge of the Hofgarten, the theatre museum is located in a Baroque building known as the Hofgärtnerhaus, originally from 1770 and rebuilt in 1955. The collection is also shown in a more recent addition on the Merrowinger Strasse.
In its permanent exhibition, the Theatermuseum Düsseldorf takes a look at many aspects and angles of theatre including that of the audience. In special themed exhibitions the museum also offers many possibilities to compare and contrast experiences and memories with the objects on display.
Visitors can more learn about actors and directors, singers and dancers, costume- and stage design, lighting and make up both past and present. Examples include epochs from the royal theatre of the 16th and 17th centuries up to present day theatre.