Top 5 German Museums
It is official : Germany cannot get enough of museums! Seven thousand museums and still counting – 42% of these are dedicated to the national history and around 10% to art. Classical antiquities, science, chocolate and cars are just four of the domains covered in Germany’s great collection of museums and galleries. Germany’s top 5 museums offer something for everyone’s taste.
The Deutsches Museum, founded in 1903, is the largest science and technology dedicated museum in the world and it is covering a floor space of 55,000 square m. This museums is surely worth the Top 5 German Museums spot with honors, as it contains invaluable original equipment and machines, reconstructions and models from classical mechanics to nowadays telecommunications, from an original-size reconstructed coal mine to the space traveling technology and nuclear physics. This is the place to head if you are interested into a magical journey of the evolution of technique and technology.
The banker Johann Friedrich Städel of Frankfurt in 1815 set forth in his desire that his “sizable collection of paintings,
engravings and art objects [be dedicated] to the foundation of a special, art institute bearing [his] name”, thus creating the grounds for the illustrious Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Altogether its collections presently comprises around 2,700 paintings, 100,000 drawings and 600 sculptures offering an overview of more than seven hundred years of European art – from the early fourteenth century and through the Renaissance era, the Baroque, the Early Modern and contemporary art. Some the highlights of this wonderful collection are the works of Dürer, Holbein the Younger, Cranach the Elder, Rembrandt, Botticelli and Vermeer, then followed by the great impressionists like Monet, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Beckmann, Kirchner and Klee, Klein, Bacon, Richter, Serra, and Kippenberger.
Gutenberg Museum Mainz
Opposite the famous Mainz cathedral in the heart of the old city lies the Gutenberg Museum – one of the oldest museums about printing in the world, which attracts specialists and tourists from all four corners of the planet. Over time the museum expanded so as to include valuable sections of printing techniques, job printing, book art and ex-libris, paper, posters and graphics, the entire history of writing of all cultures are being displayed in the museum. The “Gutenberg Workshop” is a great experience for personally trying out the type founding, the typesetting and the printing with a replica of Gutenberg’s printing press, which was rebuilt according to15th- and 16th-century woodcuts
A House in the Heart of Town. Among important acquisitions is a second Gutenberg Bible, the Shuckburgh Bible with its two volumes (1978) and two block books which were printed using wooden forms – today extremely rare. After the restoration and extension of the museum in 2000, the exhibits are now in a more lively, more up-to-date setting, offering visitors an excellent array of exhibits and also the possibility to browse around the innovative shop or relax in the pleasant cafe.
On the Berlin Museums Island where the Pergamon Museum is located, we can find an impressive collection of artifacts dating to the ancient world, including the crowning glory of the altar from the Zeus Tempel in Pergamon (180-160 BC), one of the world’s most reassured archaeological discovery. The museum is also home to the East Asian Collection, the Near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. Very captivating is the museum for East Asian Art that is divided into three different sections, China, Japan and Korea, each section displaying a rich selection of crafts, arts and archaeological findings dating to the early Stone Age.The Middle Eastern wing is made up of artifacts excavated by the German archaeologists between 1888 and 1939, whereas the Museum for Islamic Art comprises various works of Islamic art from the 8th till the19th century, including drawings, ceramics, Indian and Persian miniatures, carvings and carpets.
The Alte Pinakothek or the Old Collection as it would be translated is one of the oldest indeed and most prestigious galleries in the entire world, making it a top 5 German Museums worth.With more than 800 masterpieces by European artists from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period, my personal favourites are the Venetian art section represented by the master painter Titian, the Dutch baroque corner by Frans Hals and Rubens which occupies, with one of the largest collections of Rubens’ works in the world, the centerpiece of this museum. An additional highlight would be the Old German art by Dürer – both Dürer’s epochal self-portraits from 1the 500, as well as his “Four Apostles” masterpiece can be admired at the Alte Pinakothek.