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Muenchner Stadtmuseum /Munich Municipal Museum

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Address: St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany (Formerly Münchner Stadtmuseum)
Phone Number:
+49 89 23322370
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The various exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum present a thrilling...

The various exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum present a thrilling tapestry of the history of the city of Munich and its culture. The extraordinarily rich collections not only feature the graphic arts and painting, furniture, arts and crafts, but also include toys and fashion. Among visitors' favorites are Erasmus Grasser's world-famous Morris dancers from the sixteenth century, which can be found in "Typically Munich!," the permanent exhibition charting the history of the city itself. The rise and fall of National Socialism in Munich from 1918 to 1945 is the subject of the permanent exhibition "National Socialism in Munich." The Photography, Music, and Puppet Theater/Fairground Attractions Collections are displayed in particularly lavish form. The Photography Collection presents ever-changing retrospectives and themed exhibits. In addition to priceless instrumental treasures from a variety of cultures, the Music Collection with Soundlab.1 boasts an outstanding range of objects illustrating the enormous diversity of musical activity throughout the world. Of the Museum's total holdings in this field, only some 1500 musical instruments from Africa, Asia, Ancient America, and Europe are actually on display. The Puppet Theater/Fairground Attractions Collection traces the cultural history of the puppet show with examples from theaters in Munich itself and puppets from the four corners of the world, while the fairground attractions on show comprise mechanical figures and automata. The Film Museum, for its part, accommodates the largest collection of German silent movies, with daily screenings except on Mondays.

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Interesting look into Munich history

This was a good place to get to know the history of Munich with an informative look at the various stages of Munich. Make sure you ask for an audio guide otherwise they don't give... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Daniel M
Baldivis, Australia
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

By mistake found this floor in the museum which blew me away. Amazing spooky wax works and brilliant retro fairground attractions, dancing skeletons, the lot. A highlight of my week in Munich.

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

I was disappointed that there appeared to be a lot to learn in this museum, but it was designed for locals -- not tourists -- despite the "Typically Munich" exhibit title. I speak some German and could not make out the story of many of the various displays. The audio guide was disorganized, and the display numbers did not match... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Did we learn everything we wanted to know about Munich's History? Answer, No Did we enjoy our visit? Answer, in parts. The fun bit was the puppet museum, but why was it here? The history bit was largely an art gallery, with unconnected and eclectic pieces. The audio guide was helpful in part, but not everything was explained - less... More 

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Baldivis, Australia
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This was a good place to get to know the history of Munich with an informative look at the various stages of Munich. Make sure you ask for an audio guide otherwise they don't give you one! The musical instruments section was good as it gave you the opportunity to try a few different ones. National socialist exhibit definitely the... More 

Thank Daniel M
Vienna, Austria
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

There are only one exposition for kids - Puppet Room. Strange museum logistics - its hard to understand historic époques through observing exposits.

Thank Sergey Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

A wonderful museum full of some great exhibitions and local history. If you don't understand German then I would definitely recommend getting the audio guide because a lot of the exhibits are only explained in German (understandable as you're in Germany!). But the Typically Munich exhibition does have a little English book with it so you can carry on learning... More 

Thank Grassmoor
Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Why should I use a little book in order to read the explanation of every single item exposed in the museum? But if I would understand German language I could read easily on the wall (description of every single item only in German language) Also, the logic of the way to display and of the displaying order is very hard... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

I nearly didn't go here as it didn't get much publicity but as it had a good photography exhibition on I went for that & ended up spending over 3 hours there. Wonderful exhibition with a great free audio guide on all sorts of social & historical aspects of Munich. Good program of exhibitions and a wonderful toy/ puppet/fairground museum.... More 

Thank Alison P
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Unlike the other negative reviews here I was lucky enough to pick up a audioguide. Nevertheless, many items were not included in the audioguide and the audioguide was rather brief. The beer brewing section was interesting for me as well as the one about Second World Wa. Try to omit the one about puppets, it was pretty much out of... More 

Thank Lauri V
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

This had such potential to be outstanding and is LOADED with interesting artifacts that just DEMAND the story to be told. Unfortunately, the audio tour that accompanies does NOT deliver. We hoped to learn about the City, its history, its art and artists, and after spending 2 hours here, I left feeling uninspired and uneducated. The audio tended to pick... More 

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