The main facility of the rem, the Zeughaus houses the art and cultural history collections, the theater and literature history collections, the antiquities collection, and the International Photography Forum on 6,000 m² of exhibition space.
The antiquities collection on the basement level offers a fascinating journey through time from the Greeks to the Etruscans and the cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia up through the Romans. The timeframe extends from the 3rd century B.C. into the 8th century A.D.
Exquisite examples of Baroque sculpture, including works by the two court sculptors Franz Conrad Linck (1730 – 1793) and Paul Egell (1691 – 1752), are located in the glass foyer flooded with light on the ground floor.
The collections of the Zeughaus Museum provides insight into different stylistic forms of Christian art from the Gothic to the Baroque. The centerpiece is the Roth Altarpiece of 1513. It was carved in the workshop of Niklaus Weckmann and is an outstanding example of Gothic carving and altarpieces.
The display gathers furthermore over 500 masterpieces from the art and cultural history collections of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, including paintings, exquisite furniture, sumptuous garments, precious Frankenthaler porcelain, and delicate works of silversmiths, together on the third and fourth floor. The exhibition objects span an arc from the 17th to the early 20th century and attest just as much to the passion for collecting at court as to bourgeoisself-conception.
The “Theater History” exhibition gallery is located on the fourth floor where Mannheim is presented as a center of 18th century European theater culture. Famous figures such as Friedrich Schiller wrote theater history in the square city.