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    Flugwerft Schleissheim

    by antistar Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    Based on a former airbase just outside of Munich, the Flugwerft Schleissheim is a delight for anyone who still has a remnant of their childhood fascination for aircraft remaining. There is a large and extremely well preserved collection here, all kept under protective roofing inside a converted hangar. The exhibits also include some extremely rare finds, even one that you probably won't see anywhere in the world, let alone Europe. All of this is located close to one of Bavaria's finest palaces, so although it's a little out of the way, there's plenty for all to see and do in the area.

    The exhibits include a large number of planes from the modern West German airforce, but have recently been supplemented with relics from the East German airforce. So along with American Phantoms and Shooting Stars, you can see a classic Mig 21, a dual rotor Kamov Ka-26 and an unmistakeable Mig-15. In addition there are a few planes from other airforces, including the rare sight of a Saab Drakken, and the truly bizarre Hindustani Aircraft Ltd (HAL) Marut.

    The Marut was intended to be India's first supersonic jet aircraft, only they could never buy an engine powerful enough to take it to those speeds, so it ended up being a bit of a white elephant. It looked ever so much the elegant futuristic fighter plane it was meant to be, but because of the lack of engine technology it simply limped through the air, a pale shadow of its designer's intentions. Its inclusion in the exhibits in Munich was a real surprise.

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    Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

    by antistar Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    When it is complete, the transport museum in Munich should be world class. For now it has a small, but wonderful, collection of cars and other vehicles that you can access for a discount. Now you can see the main hall, which contains a host of amazing originals, including a Protos from the 1907 New York-Paris rally, a Puffing Billy locomotive, and my personal favourite, a car I thought I'd never see in real life: the NSU RO 80 with its unique rotary wankel (snigger) engine.

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    Munich Stadtmuseum

    by mindcrime Written Feb 6, 2013

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    Munich Stadtmuseum (Münchner Stadtmuseum) is the Munich’s municipal museum, the largest municipal museum in Germany. It is housed in the former arsenal and stables that date from late gothic period, got destroyed during WWII but reconstructed again.

    We didn’t have much time so we focused on Permanent exhibition that houses a musical instruments collection on 4th floor (about 6000 instruments and sound sources many of them from exotic places), a Puppet Theater exhibition on 3rd floor (you can see the history of puppetry since 19th century and items like shadow puppets, marionettes, puppets from all over the world etc)

    Then we visited Typically Munich! Exhibition, some items are interesting some others just boring, there are also scale models of the city.
    There is also a permanent exhibition that focus on National Socialism in Munich (the National Socialist German Workers’ Party have been founded in Munich in 1919 and had its headquarters here until 1945), Munich was the capital of the Nazi Movement so it’s no surprise the first concentration camp was built in nearby Dachau.

    It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00
    The entrance fee for permanent exhibition is 4e, students/seniors/disabled 2e, munich pass holders/unemployed free
    The entrance fee for all exhibitions is 6e, students/seniors/disabled/munich pass holders/unemployed 3e

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    Pinakothek der Moderne

    by arlequin_g Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is another modern art museum. I didn't know about it before going to Munich. I found it out once there because it's next to the alte pinakothek. The truth is that I liked the paintings here more than the ones in the neue pinakothek (here are also really good). Visit it if you like modern art. Besides paintings there are also some other exhibitions. It's 9 euros.

    Open daily, except Mondays, 10-17
    Thursday and Friday, 10-20

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    A bear in Bavaria

    by christine.j Updated Jan 29, 2011

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    I always try to visit the nature museums in any city I stay.In Munich I've been to the Jagd und Fischerei Museum in the city centre a few times, and this time I had planned to go to the museum Mensch und Natur (Humans and Nature) in the Nymphenburg palace. Getting there was unexpectedly difficult, as I went on a day when the tram drivers in Munichs decided to go on strike.But with the help of a friendly student, I found my way .

    There were several very interesting exhibitions in the museum, the most interesting was the one about Bruno.
    Bruno is the name which was given to a bear which had wandered into Bavaria from Slovenia some years ago. He was the first bear in Germany since more than 100 years ago and reactions were anything from pure joy to pure panic.
    The museum dedicates a room to Bruno, including a very interesting video about him and presenting the controversy of how to react.Bruno proved to be a bear with no fear of humans at all, he had clearly learned that close to villages it was very easy to get food. When even Finnish bear hunters with special dogs didn't manage to capture him, it was decided to kill him.

    This was by far the most interesting room in the museum. I must admit, when I looked at this bear, I was quite glad I hadn't run into him when hiking in the area.

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    Pinakothek der Moderne

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    A great modern art museum with innovative architecture and a thoughtprovoking collection of paintings, sculptures, and installations. The most interesting part in my opinion is the "design" department where different historic design concepts are shown in relation to daily life - objects like vehicles, computers and furniture.

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    A chance encounter

    by iandsmith Written Jul 19, 2007

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    Strolling down the road I came to the Residenz, the old palace of royalty in the city and fairly hard to miss if you're in the area. Curiousity led me to explore some of the architecture and thus it was that I stumbled on the State Museum of Egyptian Art.
    This is not your grand British Museum, nay, more your small rural museum with enough to keep you interested but not stay all day.
    There's an eclectic mix of fine jewellery, sarcophagi, inscribed slabs et al from the Egyptian side of things and there are also works from the Greco-Roman era (pic 2) though the golden mask in the opening pic is undoubtedly one of the highlights.
    I found a major problem here for me was the fact that there is not only no English captions but the staff can't help either and there was no literature available in English. Hopefully, in times to come, this will be redressed to allow more visitors access to the knowledge contained therein.

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    The other art

    by iandsmith Written Jul 18, 2007

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    I hadn't read of any art in the museum, just the porcelain. Imagine my surprise when I discovered some quality works interspersed with the rest of the exhibition in the Marstall Museum, including some works by my favourite, Gerit Dou.
    His history is interesting inasmuch as he left the school of Rembrandt after less than a year and started his own, feeling that the master lacked a little in detail. Thus Dou's works are renowned for their fine work. He rarely painted large canvases, preferring instead to do small portraits such as you see in the opening picture here.
    Some of the fine Murillos and works of Raphael are shown in the other pics.

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    More from the Marstall

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    The Porcelain Museum is also located in the south wing. The pieces displayed demonstrate a comprehensive history of the products of the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory (founded in 1761), which is based in the north-east section of the round tower in front of the castle.
    Class just oozed from the exhibits and I loved the range of subjects, from the 3 dogs fighting the bear in pic 2 to the tranquility of the flower vase in pic 3 to the quirkiness of the snuff lady in 4 to the warrior in the final shot.

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    Staatliche Antikensammlung

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Staatliche Antikensammlung

    Opposite the sculpture collection Glyptothek lies this interesting antiquity museum. The museum building is built in the style of a greek or roman temple. Fine temporary exhibitions - at the time when this photo was taken, there was an exhibition about Troy, which is why a life-size Trojan Horse is standing in front of the staircase.

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    City Museum (Stadtmuseum)

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    1. City Museum (Stadtmuseum)
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    In addition to city history, this museum has sections on the history of photography, films, puppet theater and musical instruments. On the ground floor there is a permanent exhibition on the origins of the Nazi movement in Munich.

    Opening hours for most sections are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.

    Second photo: From war to war. Part of the permanent exhibition about the history and development of Munich from 1158 to the present.

    Third photo: On the fourth floor there is a musical instrument museum with two thousand instruments from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, and a special section with mechanical musical instruments. Because of budgetary restrictions, this collection has shorter opening hours than the rest of the museum. On weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) they don't open until 12.00 noon, whereas the rest of the museum opens at 10:00 a.m.

    Fourth photo: Budgetary restrictions are also presumably the reason that this outstanding collection of musical instruments is crowded into an unattractive display area without appropriate lighting or explanations.

    Fifth photo: Café in the museum courtyard.

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    haus der deutschen kunst

    by doug48 Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    staatsgalerie moderner kunst

    the haus der deutschen kunst, (house of german art), was adolf hitler's first major building project in munich after the nazis took over the german government in 1933. this stark building was designed by nazi architect paul ludwig troost. troost died in 1934 and albert speer completed the project in july 1937. this museum was to house german art that was approved by the nazi regime. today, the museum is now called the staatsgalerie moderner kunst and houses a fine collection of 20th century art. open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily except mondays. just behind the museum is the beautiful englischer garten. to see some before and after pictures of the haus der deutschen kunst see www.thirdreichruins.com

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  • Villa Stuck

    by sabsi Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Villa Stuck

    Franz von Stuck (1863-1928) was a famous sculptor and painter. His villa was built according to his plans and it hosts a museum nowadays. The exciting part of the building, however, are not the exhibitions that take place here but the interieur design and the architecture of the villa itself. Unfortunately picture taking itself is not allowed inside so you have to believe me that this place is full of beautiful art nouveau stuff as well as tons of gold and fancy wood. Apart from that there are lots of pictures (of which I loved the frames best ;) and pieces of furniture by Stuck himself to be seen here.

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  • Museum of Hunting and Fishing

    by sabsi Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    Museum of Hunting and Fishing

    I would never normally praise a hunting museum because I just think that hunting is a strange parttime activity. And I haven't had the time to visit this place neither. But I want to give ya a crazy tip for a rainy day anyway - in this museum you will find a collection of Wolpertingers. A Wolpertinger is a crossing of several Bavarian animals which only exist in people's minds. You can read more about them in my "Local Customs" tip.

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    A medley of museums

    by sjvessey Written Jun 8, 2004

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    People tell me there are lots of great museums in Munich. I haven't been to any of them. But I imagine they are all small and rather crappy and over-hyped by the locals. I mean, I've been to a lot of major museums around the world - the British Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tokyo National Museum, the Prado, the Gold Museum in Bogota, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. The Smithsonian. Alcatraz Island. The V&A. The Natural History museums in London and New York. The Maui Aquarium. I think the chances of me being impressed by anything that Munich has to offer are relatively slim. I just hope for your sake, if you plan on visiting one, that it's better than the Maltese Natural History Museum...

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