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Bavarian National Museum, Munich

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Bavarian National Museum features a collection of decorative art, with strong representations from the medieval to early modern periods. The collection is split into two groups: folklore and historical art. Keep an eye out for the carved ivory, textiles, glass painting, and tapestry pieces, which are popular with visiting art enthusiasts. English isn't often offered in descriptions, so hire a tour guide if you'd like detailed information. Use our Munich day trip planner to add Bavarian National Museum and other attractions to your Munich vacation plans.
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  • Beautiful building on the outside but really rude person at the ticket office. As we did not have any cash with us and we are still on an ongoing pandemic, where lots of other museums ask people to...  more »
  • We visited and set a time for our group to meet in the lobby, but I needed more time. Fascinating. place.  more »
  • Interesting museum, covering a wide range of subjects. Small collection of late-medieval / early renaissance armour Gorgeous building. Nice cafe  more »
  • I liked: A very big collection with lots of interesting objects. The premises are interesting too. Did not like: The museum felt museologically antiquated: 95% of the texts were only in German, written on plaques next to the objects. The visit seemed to proceed chronologically, but there were no contextualizing signs/texts in the rooms. The visitor has to read about every object one by one. I you want to learn generally about the history of Bavaria, you will hardly learn it here. Maybe with audioguide the visit would have been better.
  • This museum is worth to visit if you like the beautiful art from the past. They have many collections of statue, ceramic, drawers, art made from ivory, etc.
  • From what I remember, a great experience, with a vast exhibition on antique wares and valuables. One could spend a whole day there!
  • Some collections contained within are of more interest than others. The peak collection is that of Tilman Riemenschneider. There is a large number of his works to see. Works in ivory are also exceptional. One of Messerschmidt's character heads can also be found here. They have a very good restaurant.
  • Huge museum with some amazing pieces, all beautifully presented. We went on a Wednesday afternoon in August and there were only a handful of other visitors! Only spoiled by the ridiculously expensive cafe!

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