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Stadtarchiv Münster

The city archive is the central point of contact for everyone who has questions about the history of the city of Münster. We keep almost five kilometers of written documents that have been created by the city council or the city administration for over more than 800 years. The content of more than 200,000 files and documents is accessible. Pictures, maps and newspapers bring the earlier cityscape or local historical events to life. The city archive also keeps private collections, company and club archives, that are important for the city's history.

Stadtarchiv Münster

Opening Times & Contact

Your Contact

An den Speichern 8
48157 Münster

Phone number
+49 251-4924701
+49 251-4927727
Opening hours
Monday : closed
Tuesday : 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday : 10.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday : 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday : closed

Pre-orders under +49 251-4924711 or by e-mail (
Our holdings

You will find the following documents and files in the city archive:

  •         of the city of Münster from 1184 until today
  •         of the former district of Münster and the former offices of St. Mauritz, Roxel and Wolbeck


  •         Documents from associations, parties, companies and private estates
  •         Photos, posters, postcards, plans, maps, newspapers
  •         Documentation material such as newspaper clippings on topics and people
  •         Library with literature on town and regional history

Pre-orders are possible by email:

Please indicate the inventory and the reference number (l. Num.).

The holdings of the archive refer to diverse groups of documents that have been combined into a unit according to logically comprehensible aspects such as their origin, their context of origin and their factual content according to formal characteristics. These include, for example, the files of city and district administrations, but also collections of photographs and newspaper clippings. All documents in our archive are assigned to collections that structure the archive. The holdings of the archive are available online in this portal and can be researched, but these finding aids are only available in German.

For an inventory overview click here (German only).