The history of the museum dates back to 1855, where the then King Maximilian II founded an institution to document and archive Bavaria's many treasures.
Due to its architecture, the building itself could be classed as an exhibit. It houses many different types of artifacts, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and textiles.
The Museum is laid out on three floors. The ground floor houses collections from the early Middle Ages comprising of sculptures and religious art treasures. This floor also boasts exhibits from the Renaissance - precious works taken over from the royal Wittelsbach collections in the 19th century.
The basement has displays of Bavarian Pottery and Furniture and one of the most valuable Crib Image collections in the world. Mostly comprising of nativity scenes from the 1700s, split up into three distinct geographical regions - the Alps, Sicily and Naples.
The upper floor contains many fine examples of stained glass from the middle ages. Along with this, Baroque and Rococo sculptures, historic musical instruments and Nymphenburg porcelain can be viewed here. Don't miss the highlight of this floor - the large model of Munich by Franz Seitz and Johann Baptist made in the 19th century.
The museum is located near the Haus der Kunst (House of Art) in the central Munich district of Lehel.
Bavarian National Museum Reviews
Be the first to write a review about the Bavarian National Museum! See below for more information.
Have you already visited the Bavarian National Museum? If so, let everyone know what you thought about it by writing a review! No registration necessary. Just click here to start writing!