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Stadtarchiv Münster

  • The City Archive is the central point of contact for anyone with questions about Münster's city history.
  • We preserve around five kilometres of written documents that have been created by the city council or the city administration since the Middle Ages and make them accessible in the original in our reading room or in digital form via the internet. More than 250,000 records, charters, photographs, maps and newspapers bring the former townscape and local historical events to life.
  • We also archive private collections, company and club archives, that are important for the city's history.
  • The City Archive is an educational partner for Münster's schools and communicates topics of city history through lecture series and publications.

    Our motto: Discover Münster's city 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 (

Please note:
The bus stop "Speicherstadt" is served by lines 6, 19 and R51.
For current bus connections, the best place to look is
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).