Historisches Museum Bamberg | Bamberg Historical Museum

Explore the precious collections of the world heritage city Bamberg in the Alte Hofhaltung, right next to the Bamberg Cathedral. Admire many different art and historical testimonies from all epochs, from early history to the immediate present. Not only the exhibitions tell timeless stories; the beautiful building of the Alte Hofhaltung also whispers tales of kings, emperors and bishops who lived here.

Current exhibitions:

    until November 24th 

    •     In the course of History | The Regnitz, Bamberg´s Lifeline

    Using the example of the World Heritage city of Bamberg, the exhibition "In the course of History | Bamberg's Lifeline Regnitz" shows the diverse cultural, economic, historical and ecological connections between the city and the river and makes them visible and understandable in their diversity, beauty and significance.

    •     100 Masterpieces | From Lucas Cranach and Pieter Breughel to Otto Modersohn

    In the exhibition "100 Masterpieces | From Lucas Cranach to Pieter Breughel to Otto Modersohn" you can admire paintings from seven centuries, selected from the art treasures of the municipal painting collection to give an insight into the rich diversity of the Bamberg collection.

    •     Jewish life in Bamberg

    The exhibition "Jewish in Bamberg" shows the history of Bamberg's Jews as part of the city history. You can discover historical sources and objects as well as private reminiscences from the Middle Ages to the present day to learn more about German-Jewish history and culture.

    •     Time and space  |  Department for astronomy and time measurement

    In the exhibition "Time and space" you can enjoy amazingly accurate observation and measuring instruments as well as solar and mechanical clocks from the 16th to the 18th century.

    Various temporary exhibitions round off the offer of the Historical Museum.

    November 24th until January 29th

    •      The Magic Nut Krakatuk  |  A fantastic journey through E.T.A. Hoffmann's Christmas tale

    The Christmas exhibition invites you this year on a fantastic journey through E.T.A. Hoffmann's Christmas fairytales. You can immerse yourself in a world of living toys, talking clocks and enchanted princes, where you can stand by the side of the most famous Nutcracker of all time in his battle against the seven-headed Mouse King. Multimedia presentations, large-scale animations and scenic re-enactments guide you through the story of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King".


    Opening times:

    Tuesday to Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm
    Open on holidays


    Alte Hofhaltung
    Domplatz 7
    96049 Bamberg

    Tel  +49 (0) 951.5190746  |  Ticket desk
    Tel  +49 (0) 951.87 11 42  |  Information
    Fax +49 (0) 951.87 14 64
    @ museum@stadt.bamberg.de

    Sammlung Ludwig Bamberg | Ludwig Collection Bamberg

    The famous Old Town Hall in the heart of Bamberg cannot only be seen from the outside: go inside and marvel at the real treasure preserved inside, the Ludwig Bamberg Collection.

    The picturesque building in spectacular location, built in the middle of the river in the Middle Ages, is one of the most beautiful buildings in Germany. Since 1995, the Old Town Hall has housed the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, the largest private porcelain collection in Europe and the largest private collection of Strasbourg faience outside France.

    Explore the exciting history of the invention of the "white gold" from Böttger's stoneware, passing trough the first porcelain mixtures with alabaster to the final recipe still used today. Figures as table decorations, tureens in the shape of animals, scented vessels and services for coffee, tea and chocolate are reminders of the sumptuous life and table culture of the 18th century.

    The exhibition is adjoined by the famous rococo hall of the Bamberg councillors, from which you can enjoy the best and most exclusive view of "Little Venice".


    Opening times:

    Tuesday to Sunday | 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
    Open on holidays
    Open all year


    Altes Rathaus  
    Obere Brücke 1
    96047 Bamberg
    Tel  +49 (0) 951.87 18 71  |  Ticket desk
    Tel  +49 (0) 951.87 11 42  |  Information
    Fax +49 (0) 951.87 14 64
    @ museum@stadt.bamberg.de

    Stadtgalerie Bamberg - Villa Dessauer

    This representative Villa from 1884, which belonged to the Jewish hop trader Dessau, today hosts the modern Art Gallery of Bamberg.

    Opening times:

    Thursday to Sunday | 12 am - 6 pm
    Open on Holidays
    Only open for special exhibitions

    Current exhibitions:

    until April 24th 

    •  incredibly fantastic or totally real. Annual exhibition of the BBK Oberfranken

      Villa Dessauer
      Hainstraße 4a
      96047 Bamberg

      Tel  +49 (0) 951.87 18 61  |  Ticket desk
      Tel  +40 (0) 951 87 11 42  |  Information
      Fax +49 (0) 951.87 14 64
      @ museum@stadt.bamberg.de

      General Information

      Admission Charges:

      Historical Museum of Bamberg
      Adults 7 €
      Concession 6 €
      Students 3 €
      Children 1 €
      Family 14 €

      Ludwig Collection Bamberg
      and Gallery Villa Dessauer

      Adults 6 €
      Concession 5 €
      Students 2,50 €
      Children 1 €
      Family 12 €

      [The admission fee can differ in special exhibitions.]

      people over the age of 65, groups with 10 or more members

      Free entry
      ICOM-Card, BambergCard, journalist

      Guided tours
      Guided tours in English are possible, if requested.
      Please contact us as soon as you know.
      Tel  +49 (0) 951.87 11 42