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Best Local History & Culture in Munich

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Rathausgalerie

The Rathausgalerie, located in the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), presents exhibitions of local art and culture, particularly by groups of local artists. The aim has always been to give a boost to the local art scene. The winners of the Munich Art Prize also have their work shown here. Admission is free.

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Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

Germany, especially Munich, is well known and famous for beer. Located in central Munich, Bier- Und Oktoberfestmuseum brings to you a riveting history of beer, as well as the storied origins of the Oktoberfest, roots of which can be traced back to the nuptials of King Louis I in the early 19th Century. Do not miss out on the huge October Fest celebration! The exhibitions are usually conducted within a heritage building that dates back to 1340. In addition, there are special events held on the top floor as well. For beers fans and lovers of history, this place is a definite must-visit!

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Deutsches Theatermuseum

Deutsches Theatermuseum, Munich's first museum dedicated to the history of theater was inaugurated in 1910. The collection is a bequest of Clara Ziegler (1844-1909), a famous Bavarian court actress, who gathered the pieces in her villa in the English Garden. The house was destroyed by bombs in 1944, and the museum was relocated to the Hofgartenarkaden after the War. In 1979, the museum was taken over by the Bavarian state and a collection of posters, costumes, records and photographs were added, as was a Richard Wagner collection (the second largest in the world after Bayreuth). There is no permanent exhibition, but regular temporary exhibitions.

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Munich Stadtmuseum

The Münchner Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) shows exhibits pertaining to the city's history as well as special exhibitions, such as the history of international civilization and culture. The multifaceted permanent exhibition "Typically Munich!" covers three floors and shows the city's culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. A central theme in the museum is Munich's evolution from a municipality, historically dominated by the royal court towards a newly independent and self-assured city. A museum highlight is the famous Morris Dancers designed by Erasmus Grasser.

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Jewish Museum Munich

It will be an enlightening tour to the Jewish Museum if you're seeking to know the history of the Jews in Munich. Objects, carefully chosen to highlight the life, culture and beliefs of the Jews are permanently on display. Various temporary exhibitions are also held where Munich's ancient collections or exhibits by collectors are displayed. The complex consists of a Synagogue and a Community Center as well.

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Bavarian National Museum

Excellent sculptures (from the early Middle Ages to the 19th Century) meet old armor, tableware and furniture, while ethnological and religious objects are displayed next to china from Nymphenburg. These well-organized exhibitions are housed in the marvelous fin-de-siècle building (1894-99) known as the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. The pride of the museum, which boasts a collection of over 180,000 objects, is the exhibition of Christmas cribs which is dubbed as the biggest collection of its kind in the country. Also found here are a shop and a cafe.

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Münchner Feuerwehrmuseum

Discover all that you need to know about Munich's fire brigade and the history of its fire fighting. Located in the headquarters of the municipal fire brigade, the museum is a storehouse of all the paraphernalia related to the field, dating back from the 18th Century. Learn everything from the working of fire alarms, to fire service regulations in the early 20th Century. This specialty museum was established to commemorate the centenary of Munich's Fire Department in 1979, and has since riveted visitors with their interesting historical and technical exhibits.

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Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism explores the city's history during the tragic Nazi era. The center works in association with Freistaat Bayern and Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The contemporary-looking museum is located at the former site of the Nazi Party headquarters. The museum chronicles the rise of the Nazi Party and how it grew informative exhibits, including text, videos, and images. Walk through this museum and learn about the history of German's National Socialism in a sober and meaningful way.

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