The Bayerische Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) on Prinzregentenstrasse is one of the largest art and cultural history museums in Europe.
The heart of the collection is the Wittelsbach dynasty’s collection of art, though the varied pieces on show come from far and wide.
The eclectic collection enables visitors to explore the development of Western art, from late antique to art nouveau. As well as outstanding examples of sculpture and paintings, the museum is also home to ivory and gold work, decorative clocks, tapestries, furniture, weapons and exquisite porcelain.
The Bayerische Nationalmuseum also owns one of the most valuable collections of world-class nativity scenes. Highlights include the exceptionally lifelike Neopolitan nativity scenes from the 1700s, which were much more likely to be found in the palaces of the nobility than in a church.
Founded by King Maximilian II in 1855, the first museum on Maximilianstrasse soon became too small to hold the impressive collection. The Bayerische Nationalmuseum was then moved to a historic complex of buildings on Prinzregentenstrasse in 1900, where it has remained ever since. With its unique interior design, it is one of the most unique and important museum buildings of all time.