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“All of the Smithsonians under one roof!”

Germanisches Nationalmuseum
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Nuremberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt
Ranked #9 of 188 things to do in Nuremberg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 25, 2013

There is so much wonderful history in this museum. We allowed ourselves only five hours and could have spent two days. Lots of fascinating treasures, very well presented.

Thank Lydia B
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

This outstanding Museum stands at Kornmarkt, near Lorenzkirche. Structurally, it is a masterpiece of architectural design with sunlight (when available) penetrating gracefully its well insulated external "skin". There are 2 long huge buildings in parallel, thus you need more than a day to explore in detail. As we had limited time availability we visited only a temporary exhibition about "Aufbruch der Jugend" that is "Young people exploding uprise". Actually, it is a historical explanation of how nearly100 years after Napoleon's last battle at Waterloo the German state of the time decided to assemble and "organize" young generations in unions (leagues) targeting towards the absolute control of youth's explosive power. Nationalist ideas and emblems followed next. Exploitation and manipulation of masses followed the huge global crisis of 1928. This exhibition, rich in objects, books, flags and videos even since 1913 explain how this manipulated wave of young people blindfold with Nationalist ideals paved the way to World War 2.
It took us more than 2 hours to absorb this shocking temporary exhibition! Next time we need one day to see the rest.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

First thing - this museum is massive, you would need a full day to really see everything and even then it might be at a rush. Collection range from medieval sculpture to paintings, musical instruments and prehistoric flint tools. Although the collection is very traditional in themes, the layout is modern in large, well lit rooms and with plenty of information provided.

English language signage varies depending on the section of the museum. The pre-historic sections we focused on were all labelled in English, but the section on musical instruments was not, although the signage was not overly complex for anyone with a basic knowledge of German. There is certainly enough in English to keep you busy for several hours.

The only real disappointment was that we arrived on a day when there was late opening and later discovered that if we had shown up 15 minutes later, the museum would have had free admission, thought the staff at the desk might have advised on this (as others have at other museums with similar free times).

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Whether you love art, armor, or archaeology, this museum is a wonderful place to spend a day. You don't want to hurry through, and I recommend getting here early, enjoying lunch in the nice restaurant, and then walking it off the rest of the afternoon. Not especially "kid" friendly, but will interest academically inclined young teens.

Thank draygnol
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

It is worth visiting this museum as it very much focuses on German art and culture. Therefore it is not one of those museums which holds international collections so you could be in any European capital. There is much to see and could be worth more than one visit if you want to do it all in detail. The collections are well exhibited, but because the museum is in a number of separate building all linked at ground or first floor level you can feel you climb a lot of stairs.

Thank Sim0n127
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