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Featuring exhibits that span a period of over 5,000 years, the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst fascinates visitors with its incredible exhibits. Mummies, sculptures of pharaohs, religious statues, jewelry and household items from ancient Egypt form the core of this riveting collection. Originally founded by Duke Albrecht V in the 16th Century, the collection was continually expanded by Albrecht's successors to make it what it is today. The museum is situated in the magnificent Residenz Palace.
Ludwig I's love of ancient Greece was almost infinite. In 1816, the king ordered his architect Leo von Klenze to build a temple to house his most beautiful antiques. This was to be the first museum in the country dedicated entirely to ancient art. The heart of the collection is made up of the Aeginets, the tympanum figures from the world-famous Aphaea Temple. The Roman busts are equally remarkable works of art. In summer, the atrium hosts theatrical productions.
The former residence and studio of artist Franz von Lenbach has been home to Munich's municipal art gallery since 1929. The collection at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus comprises of 19th and 20th century works by local artists as well as a fine arts collection by the Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider) group of artists, including Kandinsky, Yavlensky, Münter, Marc and Macke. Other rooms feature works by contemporary artists such as Beuys and Kiefer. Special exhibitions take place in the Kunstbau next door.