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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Alex T
Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

There is a 3D scale model of the city that is very helpful for a first-time visitor to get oriented to the city plan. It includes a sound-scape that you can listen to on headphones, with typical sounds of the area under the spotlight. There is also a small and charming gift shop. It was a good first stop before... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

I had no bad experience here, as I've read in other reviews. I came only for the Typical Munich exhibit, and had already read about it, so had an idea of what it was like and what to expect. All the staff were helpful, whether they spoke English or not,quickly pointing out the thick and free English guidebook. The exhibit... More 

Thank MickeyPHou
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The women who sold tickets to us definitely hates her job, and did not give us the wrist bands to get into certain galleries. The staff saw our tickets and let us enter. She probably saved those wrist bands for her friends and family. She did not give us the audio guide either. We had to go back and ask... More 

Thank milehighac
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

There seemed to be neither rhyme nor reason to the way the collection was displayed and the audio guide (in English) seemed not to be related to what you were supposed to be looking at. The staff at the ticket desk was decidedly unhelpful. The waitress in the cafe was also unhelpful and quite sharp in her comments. Not a... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

We had read good reviews of this museum and were interested in the history of Munich. However the museum was poorly laid out, and not at all interesting. The section on the nazis was better, but could still do with revamping and bringing into the 21st century.

Thank Sarnev
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Museum was supposed to be about the development of Munich as a city, but I came out more perplexed than enlightened. The exhibits were organized in a confusing layout and a lot of the descriptions for various artifacts, etc. were only available in German. I didn't feel like I learned a lot from this museum, I'd suggest you skip this... More 

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