The "Bavarian National Museum" was founded by the Bavarian King Maximilian II. In 1855, according to his will, a building was constructed that meanwhile houses the museum for ethnology, for only some 40 years later, in 1894 a second building was erected to house a collection of art and crafts. Those masterpieces of Bavarian craftmanship were meant to cover all eras of history, from medieval times to the 19th century. The National Museum of Bavaria is a so called "Gesamtkunstwerk", a term set up to dscribe the ideas of art at the end of the 19th century: all aspects of human endeavor should be casted together. Acccording to this theory, the building in its facades reflects what is inside, the architectural plans considered the specific exhibits that would be shown in the rooms and floors to be constructed. All this maybe shows the importance of craftmanship at the time "Pride and Prejudice" hit the bookshelves in Victorian England. Think about how many honest, diligent and talented men not only lost their "job" but their profession when furniture, shoes and clothes were suddenly massproduced by stupid machines. It seems worth a second thought how this process relates to "nationalism" that had its heydays at the same time and whose culmination in German national-socialism took his start in Munich beer cellars. Strangely, by the name of the architect you will also be able to make a call for a jug of beer: "Seidl".
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 - 17 h, Thursday 10 - 20 h
Adults Û 3, Reduced rate Û 2, Groups (from 5 pers.) Û 2
Free admission for members, children, and young persons under 18
Free admission on Sundays
The entrance prices do not apply for special exhibitions.