The various exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum present a thrilling tapestry of the history of the city of Munich and its culture. The extraordinarily rich collections not only feature the graphic arts and painting, furniture, arts and crafts, but also include toys and fashion.
Among visitors’ favorites are Erasmus Grasser’s world-famous Morris dancers from the sixteenth century, which can be found in “Typically Munich!,” the permanent exhibition charting the history of the city itself. The rise and fall of National Socialism in Munich from 1918 to 1945 is the subject of the permanent exhibition “National Socialism in Munich.” The Photography, Music, and Puppet Theater/Fairground Attractions Collections are displayed in particularly lavish form. The Photography Collection presents ever-changing retrospectives and themed exhibits. In addition to priceless instrumental treasures from a variety of cultures, the Music Collection with Soundlab.1 boasts an outstanding range of objects illustrating the enormous diversity of musical activity throughout the world. Of the Museum’s total holdings in this field, only some 1500 musical instruments from Africa, Asia, Ancient America, and Europe are actually on display. The Puppet Theater/Fairground Attractions Collection traces the cultural history of the puppet show with examples from theaters in Munich itself and puppets from the four corners of the world, while the fairground attractions on show comprise mechanical figures and automata. The Film Museum, for its part, accommodates the largest collection of German silent movies, with daily screenings except on Mondays.