Museums in Bamberg

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  • David N
    Hawthorne, CA5,046 contributions
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    This well-preserved set of buildings constructed with sandstone bases and half-timbered upper stories forms a wonderful courtyard. It must be very beautiful in spring and summer and is definitely worth a look when visiting the nearby cathedral.
    Written July 18, 2023
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  • ThS
    Bamberg, Germany90 contributions
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    The main attraction in this centrally located museum is the "Vogelsaal" (Birds Room) which exhibits preserved tropical birds taken to Europe in the 18th or early 19th centuries.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,954 contributions
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    The Bamberg Historical Museum contains very interesting pictures and other items, housed in the Alte Hofhaltung (Old Court complex), the ancient imperial palace, finding itself on the Cathedral Hill. It's a striking medieval building in a beautiful courtyard with timber-frames houses on its sides. The said courtyard is a lovely place where one can stroll around while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere which reigns in that place.
    The Museum is an excellent place to learn about the history of Bamberg and surrounding territories, educational background and culture of the region. The historical exhibits displayed in the Museum are of an utmost attraction, which is increased by the charm of the Alte Hofhaltung buildings. Some elements of the latter were parts of the eleventh century foundation, dating back to Heinrich II, Duke of Bavaria. The contemplation of such elements is really amazing.
    The collections in that Museum count with true marvels. Among these, the Bamberg idols (stone figures found by the River Regnitz) are very spectacular. Other important works housed in that Museum are: the panel depicting St. John Capistrano preaching in Bamberg, from the fifteenth century, and two panels depicting St. Claire, from the fourteenth century. One can also enjoy beholding several magnificent paintings from the seventeenth century Dutch school, some of which were made by Pieter Breughel the Younger and others by Ruysdael. By the former it's possible to watch, for instance, the nice picture called «The Drunkard pushed into the Pigsty», from the first quarter of the seventeenth century. From the same century there are real masterpieces such as the «Woodland Scele with Elegant Couples» by Claes Jacobsz van der Heck and the «Interior of Bamberg Cathedral» by Georg Adam Arnold. From the previous centuries one can observe a lovely painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, to wit «Jesus and John the Baptist as Children».
    Other stunning works exhibited in the Museum are the painting called «The Leave-Taking of the Apostles», from the fifteenth century, whose authorship is related to Franconian artists associated with the workshop of Wolfgang Katzheimer the Elder; and another one carried out at the beginning of the twentieth century whose title is «South West View of Bamberg with Vegetable Fields», by Johann Pius Messerschmitt. They are really startling works.
    Some of the items in the Museum show the undeniable relevance that the already mentioned River Regnitz has had in Bamberg for the economy and for the life in general. Such items find themselves in the cultural history sections and their careful observation is crucial to understand how that River has been of the essence for the economy of the region as a prime source of energy and an important trade route.
    Some of the paintings in the Museum are outstanding examples of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque. Among them, the «St. Sebastian» from the school of Ludovico Carracci or the portrait of a Florentine goldsmith ascribed to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio are superb. When contemplating such marvels one feels as gone beyond reality.
    Two paintings pervaded with a great sensitiveness are the «Flower Girl» by Magnus Betz, which is a copy of the original by Esteban Murillo and «Joys of Parenthood», also a copy by Johann Langhammer, whose original was painted by Knut Ekvall. They are both worth being observed attentively.
    Modern art has also its reflection in the Museum by means of works such as Otto Modersohn's «Moorland» or «Contradictio in adjecto» by Gerhard Hochme. Another modern collection consists in everyday items from the twentieth century in connection with the history of Bamberg Jews.
    A section is dedicated to the history of science. It's concretely that concerning space and time, which contains a collection of astronomical apparatus. Among others, the Banz Planet Machine can be cited.
    There is room dedicated especially to the history of the Museum. One may behold in that room some oil paintings by the gallery directors Berthold Joseph Krug (Flight into Egypt), Max Hartmann (portrait of Friedrich Adalbert Marcus) and Hans Conrad Saffer (Self-Portrait). The most remarkable work in that room is nevertheless a «Descent from the Cross».
    Other parts of the Museum are devoted to civic culture in Bamberg, archaeology, the Jewish in Bamberg, apart from the two rooms regarding the already mentioned section "space en time". As pointed out above, the collection contained in the latter comprises optical and other objects destined to the observation and measuring of the astronomical phenomena, as well as clocks and sundials from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The clock with moving apostles figures, from the sixteenth century is really a beautiful artwork.
    The great interest that the Museum may arouse in art lovers is beyond any doubt. That's why the visit of it is highly recommended. It shouldn't be missed while in Bamberg.
    Written April 4, 2023
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  • tdsjp
    Bromyard, UK616 contributions
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    Lovely 2 hour unexpected adventure.
    Small museum which comprises of a house from the 17th century and the garden (allotment ) behind. English audio guide.
    Shows life with explanation and actual objects from Medieval to 1900's.
    Written June 3, 2023
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  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark711 contributions
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    The museum is located close to the Bamberg Cathedral and is home to the Treasury of the Cathedral.

    The collections are extensive and we especially admired the beautiful old textiles that still seem to be in a very good condition. Other objects of art include paintings, the holy cross of the cathedral, monstrans, and wood carvings.
    Written September 16, 2020
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  • Martin Altmann
    Leimen, Germany23 contributions
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    The brewery museum located in Bamberg´s St. Michaels abbey gives a comprehensive description of the history and art of beer making in general, and more specifically in Bamberg and surroundings. It is a rather small museum and I would allocate about 2 hours for the exposition, maybe in combination with visiting the abbey itself (abbey church is closed until at least 2021) and enjoying the spectacular views of the old town from there.
    Written October 18, 2016
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  • zpeller
    Soskut, Hungary572 contributions
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    As said before, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It is a must to visit the old center of Bamberg.
    Written December 28, 2022
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  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark711 contributions
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    The Ludwig Collection was established by Irene and Peter Ludwig, who were also active in the chocolate business.

    The collection is of outstanding quality and consists of about 300 pieces of porcelain, including several items from Meissen, as well as faience.

    The building itself is very beautiful and there are some nice views of the River Regnitz from the museum.
    Written September 16, 2020
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