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Muenchner Stadtmuseum /Munich Municipal Museum

St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
+49 89 23322370
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Not for the non-German-speaking visitor!

It’s a shame. This looks like an interesting place to visit: good variety of exhibits in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Two Days - Fabulous Museum!

We had to return for a second visit, the following day, to see the Socialist Historical Exhibit. We... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Adora L
Munich, Germany
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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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St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
+49 89 23322370
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a shame. This looks like an interesting place to visit: good variety of exhibits in a recently-renovated historic building. Why, then, do they have only German explanations by the exhibits? I know it’s very Anglo-centric of me, but I guess it’s from seeing so...More

Thank LeoHarrow
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We had to return for a second visit, the following day, to see the Socialist Historical Exhibit. We visited the Typically Munich on the first day. Very organized and easy to see all the exhibits while listening to the audio. Very helpful staff and comfortable...More

Thank Adora L
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I see complaints about lack of English explanations. We went through the Typically Munich section, and maybe those other reviewers are correct - we paid little attention - because we weren't particularly interested anyway. We rather soon headed to the National Socialism section, which was...More

Thank ShortStack12
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We didn't have a lot of time at this museum, we just had time to see the "Typically Munich" exhibit. Admission includes an audio guide (available in several languages including English), and there's a booklet in English as well with the text of more of...More

Thank StudentInBoston
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We visited the city museum for a special exhibit. A few of the signs had English translations, but not enough to understand the exhibit. Fortunately had friends who could translate. Overall, the exhibit was well designed (only a couple of errors in photo captions). The...More

Thank SusanG1953
Reviewed 17 September 2017

There is no doubt that this is a very good and quite comprehensive museum that traces the history of Munich from its beginnings to the present. The problem for the English-speaking visitor, however, is that there is both too much and too little translated into...More

Thank niloc36
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We wanted to learn more about the rise of the National Socialist Party in Germany and this place has all the information you need. However, it is all in German. We went to the top floor with the puppets and amusement park displays and found...More

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is laid out to start you off with the city being founded and its growth over the years. It also covers the rise of the Nazi party, which happened here.

Thank ImeldaMario
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We used the museum to get away from the heat and to learn more about the city and its history. You can get a audio guide but most texts and items are not in English. The collection of items shown seems odd. You newer get...More

Thank Johan R
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

If you like art, GO HERE. There are 5 floors (and I think maybe a 6th, I feel like one was under construction.) Very worth the trip. Next time I come to Munich I'll be taking people there.

Thank Kendra L
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