Founded in 1888, Munich’s Stadtmuseum, is the city museum for Munich. The museum is located in St Jakobs Square, within a late-medieval house from the 15 century. This post is going to be all about Munich’s Stadtmuseum, focusing mainly on its Typically Munich exhibit.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and closed on Mondays. Tickets to the museum are free for unemployed persons and those under 18; €2 for students, pensioners, and those with disabilities; and €4 for those 18 and over. Audio guides to Typically Munich and National Socialism in Munich are available for free in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Shown above is a model of the city of Munich, which can be found near the entrance to the Typically Munich exhibit.
Opened in 2008 for the city’s 850th anniversary, the Munich Stadtmuseum’s Typically Munich exhibit displays some of the most significant artifacts in the museum’s collection. The exhibition has three main section: Old Munich, New Munich, and the City of Munich.
The first section of the museum, located on its ground floor, focuses on the history of Old Munich. Sandther’s model, mapping out old Munich, is a copy of the original dating back to the 1930s. Another model in the Old Munich section of the museum is one of the Frauenkirche, the tallest building inside Munich’s city walls and one of the main symbols of Munich.
Located on the museum’s first floor, Typically Munich’s second section focuses on Munich’s “new” era. This “new” era of the city supposedly began when Karl Theodor decided to get rid of Munich’s old city walls in 1791. Munich’s new era is also believed to have began when Munich became capital of Bavaria in 1806. Also on this level of the museum is the ‘Munich: the Metropolis’ exhibit, an exhibit on modern Munich.
The final section of the museum highlights the events that helped shape Munich into what it is now: a world renowned metropolis. These events include the nicknaming of Munich into the “city of art and beer”, the explorations of Munich’s residents into “exotic places”, and the taking over of Munich by the Nazis.
Deemed the “Capital of the Movement” by the Nazis in 1935, Munich undoubtedly played a huge and unfortunate role in the rise of the Nazis. This exhibit shows the history behind the rise of the third reich, and how Hitler went from a painter on the streets of Vienna to the leader of the most horrifying dictatorship in our world’s history.
Other exhibits in the Munich Stadt museum include one about music, with artifacts from all over the world, and a puppet theatre and exhibit.
That’s it for my post today! I hope you enjoyed. Have you ever been to Munich? If so, what was your favourite spot you visited there?
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