The Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg tells the recent history of Bavaria: How did Bavaria become a Free State and what makes it so special? The answers to these questions can be found in a multimedia and experience-oriented exhibition over more than 2,500 square metres. It shows the development of modern Bavaria from an agricultural state to what it is today. The new museum is located in Regensburg, directly on the Danube, next door to the old town.
What came beforeIn the museum foyer, you can enjoy a virtual 360-degree panorama with a view of Regensburg – the perfect starting point for your visit to the city on the Danube.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and their time in Bavaria up to the beginning of the kingdom in 1806. In a 20-minute panorama film, Christoph Süß – a well-known television presenter in Bavaria – slips into 40 different roles and takes you on a journey full of humour across 2000 years of Bavarian history. He starts as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “Well, I'm feeling historical. Let’s build right here.” The film covers the most important historical sites of Regensburg. This creates an entertaining and illustrative sightseeing guide to the city.
From 1800 until today – the permanent exhibitionThe actual exhibition on the first floor follows the concept of a theatre of history: Across 34 stages, you can experience the more recent Bavarian history from the agricultural state to today. Each stage presents the formative events of a generation. Here you will hear personal stories and learn about historical connections. Around one thousand exhibits, some from private collections and attic discoveries, make the exhibition lively and illustrative.
- Generation 1
1800–1825: Bavaria becomes a kingdom
- Generation 2
1825–1850: Will Bavaria become a nation?
- Generation 3
1850–1875: The royal drama of Ludwig II.
- Generation 4
1875–1900: Bavaria becomes a myth
- Generation 5
1900–1925: World War and Free State
- Generation 6
1925–1950: Dictatorship – Catastrophe – New beginning
- Generation 7
1950–1975: Reconstruction – Economic wonder
- Generation 8
1975–2000: Years of change
- Generation 9
2000–2025: What determines the present and the future
From September 2019, the Bavarian State Exhibition will be hosted under the slogan “A hundred treasures from 1000 years”.
Outstanding exhibits from all over Europe will be displayed in Regensburg, delighting all the senses: A painting by Dürer has been reproduced in plastic and may be touched. Using your nose, you can find out which herbal mixtures were used to protect people from the plague.
The exhibition runs until 8 March 2020 and, together with the permanent exhibition, will cover the “entire” history pf Bavaria from the early Middle Ages to the present day.
After visiting the exhibition, you can recuperate at an inn with traditional Bavarian dishes and drinks. At a special treasure shop you can buy a piece of Bavarian history to take home. Or walk along the Danube to the old town of Regensburg and enjoy a city stroll.