Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiquities), Munich

Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiquities), Munich

The museum, situated in Munich's Kunstareal art district, showcases artworks from Greek, Roman, and Etruscan civilizations. These artworks were originally part of the extensive collection owned by the Bavarian Royal family.

Back in 1848, King Ludwig I enlisted architect Georg Friedrich Ziebland to design the neoclassical building that currently houses the museum. From 1869 to 1872, the building served as the Royal Antiquarium. Subsequently, it became a venue for the works of the Munich Cessation, a rebellious art group, and in 1919, it welcomed the New State Art Gallery. Unfortunately, during World War II, the museum suffered significant damage due to bombings. However, it was reconstructed and reopened its doors to the public in 1960, featuring the Bavarian State Collection of Antiques.

The primary exhibits within the museum originate from the Wittelsbach House's collection of antiques, the family that once governed Bavaria. Among the notable works are those acquired by King Ludwig I, including a valuable collection of Attic Vases. Additionally, some items come from private donors such as Paul Arndt, James Loeb, and Hans von Schoen. The museum also presents a wide array of small antique objects, glassware, terracotta artifacts, jewelry, and items crafted from gold and silver. Notably, the Greek Pottery collection within the museum is regarded as one of the finest in the world.

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Sight Name: Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiquities)
Sight Location: Munich, Germany (See walking tours in Munich)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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