Bavarian National Museum, Munich

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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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  • So this museum is seriously one of the best I've ever been to. The design and layout are perfect, the pieces on display are well spaced, the audio guide gives relevant and interesting information, and...  more »
  • On Sunday, we are giving a € per person in the Museum's great collections. A museum to visit.
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  • The collections of the national Museum of Bavaria are enormous and grandiose. Between the medieval statues, the rococo altarpieces, nurseries. The Gallery of portraits, we will lose.
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  • Fantastic museum. It really encompasses the history and story of Munich and the region of Bavaria. It takes a while to read and listen to all the prompts but it's nice and relaxing. Its rare to find this place busy. So it will be nice and calm.
  • The highlight at least to me is the Nativity Scene collection located at the Basement. I was so amazed that I forgot to take pictures. That alone was well worth the price of admission. I kinda just brushed through the rest of the museum, I wasn't feeling well at the time.
  • If if you're going to go, go on a Sunday when you can enter for €1. If I'd paid more, I would have been disappointed. Several of the galleries (the entire top floor, plus the pottery collection) was not open, and this was not advised to us before we bought our tickets (given that the musical instruments and silverware on the top floor were part of the reason we went at all, we weren't very impressed). Avoid the Gothic Collection. There's no signage in English and precious little interpretation, and seems to be very little that's uniquely Bavarian. If you've seen Gothic religious art elsewhere in Europe, you already have seen everything this collection has. Instead, go to the Rococo and Baroque collection. Not only does this have interesting artefacts, it has some unique pieces and a bit of interpretive signage. It isn't great - there isn't a lot of context or effort to explain this history of Bavaria if you didn't already know it, but it's OK, and some of it is in English. Worth seeing are the astronomical clocks in the Enlightenment room, and there is a display of armour and swords (some quite ornate) that was also interesting (though not unique). Unless you really are into Rococo and Baroque furniture and interiors, I can't recommend this museum. It certainly doesn't explain Bavarian history based on the sections open today.
  • one of most interesting museum with a lot of things I didn't know them before. What an amazing place for visitors!
  • I was really impressed with this museum. It's smaller but the quality of exhibits was quite pleasing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tapestry displays.

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