Visitors under 18 years can visit the impressive Residenzmuseum Munich with its numerous magnificent rooms free of charge! As the name implies, the museum consists of the showrooms of the Munich Residence which was the duke’s palace. Already at the time of Ludwig I., interested citizen could visit the premises of the royal building on advance notice (if the royal couple was not present in the residence). By doing so, the king deliberately wanted to show his subjects his idea of royal living.
Destruction and Reconstruction
After the revolution of 1918 and the end of the monarchy in Bavaria, the castles of the former civilian population became property of the Free State of Bavaria. Among them was the Munich Residence. The residence comprises 157 accessible and numbered showrooms. After World War I, the Residenzmuseum Munich was thus among the largest museums in the world until the destruction of the residence in World War II.
After the beginning of the war most of the furniture and also parts of the wall cladding could be outsourced. This made possible a restoration of the facility after its destruction in 1944 and 1945. In the course of the 800th anniversary of the city of Munich in 1958, the Residenzmuseum was reopened. Today’s residence museum shows more than 130 showrooms. An audio guide is offered in six languages.
The Residenzmuseum Munich’s Marvelous Interior
Today, living and festive spaces from 300 years are presented in around 130 showrooms, as well as a number of collection rooms. Silver collections as well as relics and paraments are shown. The tours in the morning and afternoon are different, but some room sequences are accessible all day.
One highlight is the Antiquarium. With a length of 69 meters, it is the largest Renaissance hall north of the Alps. Other magnificent rooms include the Old Court Chapel, the so-called Imperial Rooms, and the representative living rooms of Ludwig I.
The miniature collection is one of the most sophisticated collections of its kind in the world and includes a wide range of miniatures from the 16th to 19th centuries. There is also a relic chamber and the silver chamber. With around 4000 pieces still existing today, the silver chamber in the residence is one of the most extensive princely silver collections in Europe.
The treasury in the royal building and the coin collection of the Residenzmuseum Munich can be visited separately. The bronze halls around the four-storey hall can be accessed separately here: With the bronze sculptures from the late 16th and early 17th centuries on the ground floor of the festival hall building since the exodus of the Egyptian State Collection, the Residenzmuseum presents one of the richest collections of European bronze art from the time of the Mannerism and early Baroque.
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