Overview


Applied Arts Collection

The collection encompasses general arts & crafts as well as plastic art. It extends from the 15th century through to the present, with focuses on the Biedermeier period, Historicism and Art Nouveau.


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Film Museum

With its special program of movie screenings, the Munich Film Museum has become a popular haunt for cinema aficionados. The program, which changes on a daily basis, features comprehensive retrospectives, selected premieres, and theme-related film series including both German and international productions.


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Photography Collection

The Photography Museum (now Photography Collection) was opened in 1963. With over 850,000 photos, it ranks among the leading collections in Europe. Although its main focus is on photography up to 1980, the collection is being consistently expanded to include contemporary themes as well.


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Graphic Art / Painting Collection

The Graphic Art / Poster / Painting Collection most likely comprises the world's most significant stock of pictures relating to the history of Munich. It contains topographical documents, depictions of major events from the 19th century, portraits of famous and less famous residents – not to mention some 250,000 drawings, photographs and prints.


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Fashion / Textiles / Costume Library Collection

The Fashion / Textiles / Costume Library Collection focuses on the role of fashion in our lives. To this end, the Münchner Stadtmuseum has set out to present the art of fashion in an informative, inspiring and even amusing way, not least through its temporary and alternating exhibitions.


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Music Collection

A "sound museum" is what the Munich collector and founder of the "Städtische Musikinstrumenten-Sammlung" (Municipal Musical Instrument Collection), Georg Neuner (1904-1962), had in mind. Along with the beauty and multiformity of musical instruments, it was their use in diverse cultures that served as the criterion for Neuner’s collecting, which embraced every conceivable kind of sound production.


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Puppet Theater / Fairground Attraction Collection

The Puppet Theater Collection was established in 1940 in the context of a proposed exhibition on southern German puppetry in Munich. In addition to the numerous items and documents covering traditional puppetry from the end of the 18th century onwards, it contains an array of materials on contemporary forms of non-human performance art.


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Advertising Art Collection

Containing over 30,000 items, the Poster Collection at the Münchner Stadtmuseum is renowned for its treasure trove of exhibits, above all from around the start of the 20th century. The collection extends from the earliest days of poster production in the 19th century through to the present day. It also boasts an impressive selection of international posters, above all from the areas of politics, art and business. Items created by well-known artists are included, as are outstanding examples of innovative design and posters documenting everyday life.


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Urban Culture / Ethnology Collection

The Urban Culture and Ethnology Collection owes its existence to the museum's reorientation around 1920, when it shifted its focus from historical events to local history and culture. Since then, the presentation of life in the city has been one of its core purposes.


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Collection Valentin-Karlstadt

The collection in the Karl Valentin Museum (Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum) was put together by the museum’s founder, Hannes König, who bequeathed it to the City of Munich following his death in 1989. Since that time, the collection has been held by the Münchner Stadtmuseum.


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The Conservation Department

Given its broad array of collections, the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Conservation Department has been progressively expanded since the 1980s. It currently employs 14 staff with a range of restoration disciplines.


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Research Projects

In September 2011, a fixed-term research project was established in collaboration with the Office of Provenance Investigation and Research in Berlin. The investigation of artefacts of uncertain provenance will encompass the museum’s collections of paintings, drawings and graphic art, plastic art, arts & crafts, coins and medals, textiles and musical instruments.


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