The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is the largest museum of German art and culture. Since its foundation in 1852, the museum has been collecting, preserving, researching and presenting objects documenting all spheres of German-speaking life from early history until today. The exhibition is divided into 17 sections, ranging form pre and early history to contemporary art and culture. With its approximately 20,000 objects the museum takes the visitor on a time journey from the Stone Age celt to Joseph Beuys' felt suit of 1971.
Worth mentioning are not only goldsmith's works such as the precious Armilla (arm clasp) from the entourage of Emperor Barbarossa, but also the works by the sculptors Veit Stoß, Adam Kraft and Tilman Riemenschneider as well as paintings by Stefan Lochner, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Burgkmair, Lukas Cranach the Elder und Albrecht Altdorfer.
There are also a historical collection of musical instruments, several folkloric collections, scientific instruments, medicinal and pharmaceutical implements, collections on the crafts and their guilds as well as of weapons and hunting utensils. One of the highlights of the tour is the toy department with old Nuremberg doll's houses.
The "Gewerbemuseum der Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern" (Trade Museum of the State Trade Authority) was incorporated in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in 1989. It is housed in the Knights Hall and presents the historical development of arts and crafts from Antiquity to modern design.
The museum offers the largest German museum library with more than 550,000 volumes about European art and cultural history and 1500 journals as well as a graphic art collection with approx. 300,000 works. The coin cabinet is one of the most important collections of its kind with approx. 60,000 coins and 20,000 medals. Rare documents and aristocratic archives as well as a large seal collection are kept in the Historical Archive. The Fine Art Archive collects the estates and autographs of artists and art scholars. A further institution in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum is the "Institut für Kunsttechnik und Konservierung" (Institute of Art Technique and Conservation).
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