This museum has all things German, and since it was founded in nationalistic times, this includes Austrian and Swiss collections too. What you will see is quite a mix of art (some Dürer and Witz etc), the famous Echternach Gospel book from the 10th century, musical instruments, dolls houses, folklore and archaeology, as well as a section on the goldsmith tradition in Nürnberg throughout history. We simply didn't have time for this museum this time (as we had to prioritise amongst sights that the six-year.old could at least stand, if not enjoy), but it has a very good reputation.
Founded in 1852, the GNM is the largest museum of the art and culture of the German-speaking world.
Its 1.2 million objects illustrate not only high points of German art and history but also everyday life and culture from prehistoric times until the present day.
Paintings, sculpture, arts and crafts, domestic furnishings, doll houses, historic musical instruments, folk culture, guild history, rural life, weapons and hunting equipment, scientific instruments, healing arts.
Cabinet of prints and drawings (300,000 sheets), research library (ca 500,000 volumes, 1500 scholarly periodicals), numismatic collection (60,000 coins, 20,000 medals).
Highlights of the collections include works by Albrecht Dürer, Veit Stoß and Adam Kraft, Martin Behaim's globe (the world's earliest) and a Rembrandt self-portrait.
The Museum Education Center (KPZ) offers a wide variety of guided tours and courses (in German and foreign languages; regular tours in English twice monthly).
Frequent special exhibitions focus on selected aspects of German art and culture. Of note, the "Way of Human Rights" by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan at the museum's entrance.
This is a large museum with numerous departments devoted to art works and historical artifacts from various periods of German history. The museum is spread out over several interconnected buildings, some new, some old and some very old.
There is a department of Pre-History and Early History, for example. Also painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages, Stained Glass windows, Medieval Household Furnishings, Decorative Arts of the Baroque, Farmhouse Interiors, Rural Household Furnishings, you name it.
On the third floor there is also a department called Popular Piety. Somehow I have never found my way up to the third floor yet, but maybe next time.
Admission is 4.00 Euros regular or 3.00 Euros reduced. Add one more Euro to that if there is a special exhibition on. Wednesday evenings after 6 p.m. admission is free.
Their opening hours are a bit complicated, but basically you can expect that they will be closed on Mondays and will open other days at 10 a.m. Closing time is 4, 5, 6 or 7 p.m., depending on which department you want, except for Wednesdays, when the whole place is open till 9 p.m.
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