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“Over 800 years of history (and lots of other stuff) under a few roofs.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Muenchner Stadtmuseum /Munich Municipal Museum

Muenchner Stadtmuseum /Munich Municipal Museum
Ranked #74 of 299 things to do in Munich
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Over 800 years of history (and lots of other stuff) under a few roofs.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

Dispersed over six buildings, the Munich City Museum is a vast network of somewhat independent displays that view themselves as one. It is centrally located, just to the west of the Viktualienmarkt with a single ticket providing access to the entire complex.

The main focus of the museum is a permanent exhibition entitled “Typically Munich,” a series of six sections that chronologically divide and tell the history of the city using a wide variety of objects. The sections start with the founding of the city (Old Munich) and continue to the modern day (Metropolis Munich). Between these bookends are an enormous array of objects, from ceremonial goblets to suits of armor to a beer casket. Both an audio guide and small booklet are available for use, and although they don’t cover every object they do describe enough of them for one to get a decent idea of each time period. After spending several hours here I visited the exhibit on the rise of National Socialism in the city, again using the audio guide as a reference. In addition to these two sections there are a number of additional exhibits, most memorably the puppetry and carnival permanent exhibits and an additional one that displays confiscated Jewish silverware from the 1930s. There is an above average gift shop (with an adjoining antique store!) and small indoor café to complete the experience. I spent an entire day here, most of it in the initial exhibit.

This museum was overall an above-average experience. It is challenging to tell almost 900 years of history under one roof especially with an object-driven (i.e. minimal text) display method but they did an adequate job. As other reviewers have noted, the majority of objects displayed did not have English explanations (or audio guide stops) but there are enough that do to make the experience worthwhile. Things were a bit discursive at times and it was occasionally tough to match up the audio guide to the item but there were more hits than misses. The exhibit on National Socialism was probably the best I saw on the trip. The other sections (puppetry, carnivals, etc.) were simply too much to take in on a single visit and had no English signage but do deserve a quick walk-through. A recommended visit, especially in the first few days in the city as it will put things into context for the rest of your trip.

Visited June 2014
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“Nice museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

I was really happy to see the Typisch Muenchen exhibit that is currently going on right now. The artwork and relics were selected and placed in such a way as to keep you interested.

This is not an English-friendly museum, however. I read some German, so it was not a problem for me, but I can see how it would be frustrating for international visitors.

Visited June 2014
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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“Ok kind of place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

The most of the writing is German, very little in English. But has a good collection. If you are a History lover. You should visit. Not very big collection though.

Visited March 2014
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“Not for international visitors”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

It might be a very interesting museum, but there is really no information available in English (guides, object descriptions, staff, etc.). So if you don't speak German: skip it...

Visited January 2014
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“A Must”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

Very interesting museum giving you the history of Munich. Would have given it 5 stars if the woman at the ticket desk hadn't been so rude. It's a tourist attraction, you're going to get people like me aren't fluent in German therefore will struggle to understand what is required. Therefore a little patience would not go amiss!

Visited December 2013
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