„Former Jewish-owned property“- this note found in the files triggered a systematic investigation by the Münchner Stadtmuseum into the provenance of the works of art contained in its own collections. For the very first time, its research findings beteween 2011 und 2015 were presented to the public and shine a light on our museum's own particular history during the Nazi era.

The exhibition offered a snapshot or our investigations to date. It traced the biographies of items from the Museum's verious collections, covering fields as varied as graphics and painting, fashion and textiles, artisan craftwork and furniture, musical instruments, and puppets.

The sheer diversity of these collections is evidence of the full extent of the Nazi plunder, which permeated every area of public and private life. Sometimes even the less-well-known but often deeply personal works of art and cultural objects fell victim to the Nazi policies of persecution and expropriation.

The repression and state-sponsored confiscation of property practiced by the Nazis also targeted the „little people“ - Jewish artis, businessmen, private individuals and political opponents of the regime who are all but forgotten today. Among other things the fate of the families Helbing, Lämmle, Bernheimer, Rothschild, Hackelsberger, Schülein and Kohn was presented. The exhibition aims to acknowledge these mostly unknown people and their commitment to Munich's cultural life.


n addition to essays on the history and acquisition policy of the Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, as well as on the holdings of works of art within the Federal Republic of Germany as a whole, the catalogue also includes detailed information on the fates of the families of Siegfried Lämmle, Heinrich Rothschild, Julius Schülein, Lehmann Bernheimer, Albert Hackelsberger and Maria Luiko.

The 272-page Catalogue with approximately 240 plates is available at our Online-Shop 34,90 €.

Plan Your Visit

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Mondays

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month selected exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum are open until 8 pm. 

Every 2nd Friday of the month the exhibition "Here Comes the Night. Club Culture in Munich" is open until 10 pm.

Filmmuseum München  Screenings
Tuesday – Thursday 7 pm
Friday – Saturday 6 pm and 9 pm
Sunday 5 pm

Getting here

S/U-Bahn station: Marienplatz
U-Bahn station: Sendlinger Tor
Bus 52/62 stop: St.-Jakobs-Platz


St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
80331 München
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