Willkommen im Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna

  • Jan van Munster - Ich [im Dialog] (2005) | © www.frankvinken.com
  • James Turrell - Floater 99 (1999 - 2001) | © www.frankvinken.com
  • Rebecca Horn - Lotusschatten 2006 (2006) | © www.frankvinken.com
  • Olafur Eliasson „Der reflektierende Korridor. Entwurf zum Stoppen des freien Falls“ (2002) | © www.frankvinken.com

Opening hours

The Centre for International Light Art can be visited by taking part in guided tours, which last about 90 minutes. During temporary exhibitions, we first focus on the works that are shown as part of these exhibitions. Besides that, we try to show as many installations in our collection as possible.

The guided tours take place on:

Weekdays Guided Tours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 13.00 and 15.00 h.
Thursday 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 h.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 h.

The cash desk opens at 10.30 h.

Every first Sunday of the month, the museum can be visited individually without a guided tour. The museum then opens from 11.00-17.00 hrs (last entrance at 16.15 hrs).

Every second Sunday of the month at 11.00 h. we offer Family Tours. Here you have to register in advance: 02303/103751.


The museum is closed on Mondays. On Christmas eve (12-24), Christmas day (12-25), New Year’s Eve (31-12) and New Year’s Day (01-01) the museum is closed.


The public guided tours cannot be booked in advance. Because of a maximum of 25 persons per guided tour, it is possible that we have to ask you to take part in a later tour on that same day.

Groups consisting of 10 persons or more have to book a private tour. Bookings for groups.

François Morellet - No End Neon [Pier and Ocean] - (2001 - 2002) | © www.frankvinken.com


Public guided tours

Group of persons Admission per person Information
Regular 10,00 € Disabled persons (with “Ausweis B”) pay the regular price, but an accompanying person has free admission.
Children free up till 10 years old
Reduced 8,00 € Children and youth up till 18 years old, school children and students, people liable for compulsory military or community service, people receiving social welfare benefit
Ruhrtop-Card free A valid card has to be shown. During temporary exhibitions card holders pay an additional contribution of 2,00 € per person
ICOM-Card free A valid card has to be shown.

Special Offers

Offer Admission per person Information
Skyspace 10,00 € Twilight illumination from May through October. Registration in advance is compulsory.
Individual entrance 10,00 € / 8,00 € Every first Sunday of the month, 11.00-17.00 h.
Family Tour 10,00 € / 8,00 € Every second Sunday of the month, 11.00 h. The above mentioned admission fees are applicable. Registration in advance is compulsory!
Photo Tours 25,00 € Registration in advance is compulsory. Price incl. VAT
Voucher 10,00 € The voucher is valid for one museum visit.
Führungen für Gruppen im Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna

Guided Tours for Groups

Groups of ten or more people (maximum 25) have to book a private guided tour. The costs consist of a reduced admission fee and an additional guided tour lump-sum.

Special Tours (10-25 Persons) Admission per person + flat-rate per group Information
Special Tour Tue-Thu 8,00 € 60,00 €  
Special Tour Sat-Sun 8,00 € 80,00 € Sat all day, Sun morning and evening
Foreign language 8,00 € 80,00 € English, French, Russian
Foreign language Sat-Sun 8,00 € 100,00 € English, French, Russian
Photo tour (up to 10 persons) - 200,00 € 2 hours with guide
Private tour + Skyspace 8,00 € 120,00 € 3 hours
Exhibition talk for Schools   80,00 € max. 1,5 hours
Exhibition talk for schools in foreign language   100,00 € English, French, Russian
Workshop for Schools - 2 hrs   120,00 € with creative programme
Workshop for Schools – 3 hrs   140,00 € with creative programme

For questions and bookings please contact

Offene Begehung im Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna

Individual Visits

The museum can be visited individually (without a guided tour) every first Sunday of the month.

You can visit the Centre for International Light Art during a Sunday at your own pace

Individual Visits in 2018:

  • Sunday, 02. February 2020, 11:00 hours
  • Sunday, 01. March 2020, 11:00 hours
  • Sunday, 05. April 2020, 11:00 hours
  • Sunday, 03. May 2020, 11:00 hours
  • Sunday, 07. June 2020, 11:00 hours
  • Sunday, 05. July 2020, 11:00 hours

Opening hours from 11.00-17.00 h. Last entry at 16.15 h.
These Sundays, guided tours are not taking place.
Taking pictures on these Sundays is permitted, but only without tripod.

Admission: 8,00 € per person.

How to find the museum

By car: when using navigation devices, please enter as address: “Massenerstraße 31”. Many devices still do not recognize Lindenplatz 1. When in Unna, follow the information signs to either “Lindenbrauerei” or the “Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst”.

By bus: from the busstop at Central Station you can take bus-lines C 40 or C 42 to the “Lindenbrauerei”.

By train: from the railway station continue your journey by bus or on foot (approx. 15 min) along Bahnhofstraße (pedestrian zone) until you reach Marktplatz, where you turn right into Massener Straße, which you follow straight on until you see the Linden Brewery Unna on the right hand side. The Centre for International Light Art is located in this building.

Parking: we recommend to park in the Parkhaus Massener Straße, which is in the museum’s direct neighbourhood.

Fotografieren im Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna


Out of organisational reasons, taking pictures is not allowed during the guided tours. Every first Sunday of the month, pictures can be taken for private purposes with a small hand camera, without tripod.
However we offer you the option of booking a public photo tour or a private photo tour. Please contact our staff for your booking.

Ansicht der Eingangstreppe

Accessibility of the Museum

Unfortunately the museum is not completely accessible and barrier free for disabled people. Guest that make use of a wheelchair can use the lift. The floor in the museum however is quite uneven. Some installations will not be accessible for disabled visitors. This applies to:

Christina Kubisch , Francois Morellet, Rebecca Horn, Christian Boltanski, James Turrell’s "Floater 99" and "Skyspace" "Third Breath".

Please also note that Olafur Eliasson’s installation makes use of stroboscopic lights, which can have an impact on guests suffering from epilepsy.

During our guided tours we do our utmost best and will take into consideration any special requirements. Nevertheless we would appreciate it if you inform us in advance, so we can, for instance, take care of special accompaniment, in order to make the experience unforgettable to all guests.

Audioguide im Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna


We are happy to offer English language audio guides to our non-German speaking guests.
They are available for free at the museum’s shop.

Restaurants und Cafés in der Nähe des Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna

Around the Museum

The Centre for International Light Art is situated right at the start of Unna’s pedestrian area, where you can find many shops and eateries.
Here we list a selection of cafes and restaurants that can all be reached walking:

  • Eiscafé Créma (directly at Lindenplatz, Tel: 02303 92 98 588)
  • Café im zib (directly at Lindenplatz, Tel: 02303 103 754)
  • Café Moller (Massener Str. 17, Tel: 0177 73 75 792, 02378 86 29 071)
  • Eiscafé La Venecia (Massener Str. 7, Tel: 02303 94 76 33 9)
  • Café Extrablatt (Markt 1, Tel: 02303 25 34 38)
  • Eiscafé Kuhbar (Mark 14, Tel: 02303 90 15 13 4)
  • Kulturkneipe Schalander (Rio-Reiser-Weg 1, Tel: 02303 25112-90)
  • xclusive.kitchen (Massener Str. 33, Tel: 02383 61 59 522)
  • Restaurant Foyer (Massener Str. 32, Tel: 02303 23 99 82)
  • Restaurant Flammes (Flammkuchenhaus) (Gürtelstr.7, Tel: 02303 25 548 8)
  • Restaurant Refugio (Flügelstraße 9, Tel: 02303 59 27 39)
  • Restaurant Ölckenturm (Grabengasse 27, Tel: 02303 77 20 07)
  • Ristorante Meisterhaus (Hertingerstraße 32, Tel: 02303 14 68 5)
  • Restaurant Tapas (Güldener Trog 5, Tel: 02303 53 75 76)

Guided tours today,
January 24, 2020:

13.00 hours
15.00 hours
Individual visits:

February 2, 2020
March 1, 2020
April 5, 2020
May 3, 2020
Lindenplatz 1
59423 Unna
Phone: +49 2303 103 751
Fax: +49 2303 103 753
Mon-Fri from 9h to 16h CET
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