The exhibits in the Carnival Museum document the history of carnival in Mainz from its inception in 1837. Carnival in its current form is the brainchild of the political and literary "Vormärz" movement when there was no freedom of the press. Documents, photographs and films from private collections and carnival associations provide a chronological overview of the carnival traditions from its early days to the 21th century. Highlights of former carnivals are played on large TV screens, to the delight of many local visitors who remember them well. The museum is particularly suitable for children (seating area with TV) and people with limited mobility.