• 19th century

    The collection covers Neoclassicism, Romanticism, realism in the Biedermeier period, historicism and the Secessionist currents at the end of the century.

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    20th century

    Founded in the 1950s, the collection of 20th century art and culture comprises painting, sculpture and design.

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    Old Justice

    The collection includes realia that shed light on criminal-justice practices (torture, public humiliation and punishment), as well as symbols of the law. 

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    Historical Building and Construction

    This collection, unique in style and character, contains documents relating to construction and interior design in the past. 

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    Library: Manuscripts and Rare Prints

    The library is the largest specialist library of German art and cultural history open to the public.

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    Deutsches Kunstarchiv

    The Deutsches Kunstarchiv is the largest archive of estate collections and legacies of manuscripts relating to the art and culture of the German-speaking world.

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    Museum of Applied Arts and the Design Collection

    On show are decorative art and related objects. The Design Collection was established in 1986. 

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    Department of Prints and Drawings

    With some 350,000 sheets, the graphic arts collection is one of the largest in Europe. 

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    History of Crafts

    The collection featuring important objects relating to the history of guilds and rare tools is one of the largest of its kind.

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    Historical Archives

    The Historical Archives contain historical documents from the German-speaking regions ranging in date from the 10th to 21st century.

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    Judaica

    The collection contains artefacts of Jewish art and culture that were used in religious practices in the synagogue or home.

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    Decorative Arts up to 1800

    The collection presents design objects used in celebrations and everyday life.

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    Painting up to 1800 and Glass Painting

    The collection contains 600 years in the history of painting, from stained glass art from the 13th century to the academic painting of the late 18th century. 

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    Furniture

    Historical furniture is spread over the various exhibition departments at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and its external divisions. 

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    Numismatic Collection

    The numismatic collections are among the most important of their kind in Germany, especially in the area of medallic art and seal stamps. 

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    Musical Instruments

    Due to its sheer size, the collection of historical musical instruments is one of the most important of its kind in the world.

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    Sculpture up to 1800

    The collection is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the German-speaking regions.


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    Toys

    The collection of toys for adults and children stretches to some 20,000 objects and features a collection of Nuremberg dollhouses from the 17th century. 

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    Textiles and Jewellery

    The collection is one of the oldest and most important in Europe, featuring textiles, clothing and jewellery from late antiquity up to the present.

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    Folk Art

    This cross-departmental, transregional collection focuses on rural living, household appliances and religious folk art.

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    Prehistory and Protohistory

    The collection contains archaeological finds from Central Europe, ranging from the Palaeolithic age to the age of Charlemagne.

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    Arms, Armour and Hunting Culture

    Masterpieces represent the art of the armourer, swordsmith and gunmaker from the 11th to 19th century.

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    Scientific Instruments and the History of Medicine

    Nine centuries in the history of science - from measuring the entire world to the miniscule pocket watch.

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