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Alter Hof 1
80331 München


Gallery Hours

Mo.-Sa. 10.00-18.00Sonn- u. Feiertags geschlossen
accessible with help

All questions regarding the Bavarian museum landscape can be brought to the Infopoint of Museums and Palaces in Bavaria in the Alter Hof (old courtyard) located just two minutes away from both Munich’s Marienplatz and the Residence. The Infopoint provides information on the approximately 1,350 museums in Bavaria. The range includes collections on history, art and art history, castles and fortresses; then there are museums focusing on archaeology, natural sciences, technology, the crafts and industrial history, and the open-air and agricultural museums.
At this site the visitor receives personal advice, brochures of the museums and palaces, exhibits and special programs, as well as current publications.  Changing presentations feature on individual museums or groups of museums in the Infopoint and invite you to explore them. The portal www.museen-in-bayern.de can be accessed here to investigate all the information on the Bavarian museums online.
The Infopoint is housed in this historic building with early medieval parts from the 13th century. One level below visitors may tour the exhibit “Imperial Castle in Munich” in the Gothic vaulted hall of the first Wittelsbach residence in Munich. This makes the Alter Hof (old courtyard) with its so-called monkey tower an ideal starting point for museum visits, city tours, and excursions.

The Alter Hof, a four-sided fortress, was laid out within the first city walls around the year 1200, in the old town of todays city-center. The St. Margaret and St. Lorenz chapel was blessed in 1324 and showcased the imperial jewelry and relics of the Holy Roman Empire from Duke Ludwig IV’s coronation in 1328 until 1350.
An enormous expansion project at the Alter Hof took place between 1460 and 1470 to fortify the structure and decorate the facades. The duke’s royal family however moved to the new residence in the first half of the 16th century.  Since then the Alter Hof has served as lodging for guests and as seat of national governing offices like the royal chamber and advisory councils.  Between 1816 and 1819 the chapel gave way to a new structure for the customs agency. Other parts of the original building were destroyed during World War II or demolished and renovated in the 1950s.  Another demolition and re-building project in 2004-2006 restored the courtyard with the fountain and milling bases as well as the St. Lorenz chapel foundation. The historic wings of the Alter Hof (tower and wall foundation) were renovated between 2000 and 2003 and then occupied by government agencies like the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern (Bavarian Museum Board). In 2004 the Infopoint for Museums and Palaces in Bavaria opened its doors. In 2007 the exhibit “Imperial Castle in Munich” was added.

Infopoint Museen & Schlösser in Bayern
Tracht im Blick - die Oberpfalz packt aus! Zu Gast im Infopoint
31.05.2016 - 09.07.2016

Unter dem Motto "Tracht im Blick- Die Oberpfalz packt aus " öffnen acht Museen in der Oberpfalz ihre historischen Kleiderschränke, um die landläufige Vorstellung von der Tracht neu zu definieren. An diesem Kooperationsprojekt beteiligen sich neben dem Bezirk Oberpfalz folgende Häuser: das Historische Museum Regensburg, das Oberpfälzer Volkskundemuseum Burglengenfeld, die Stadtmuseen Nittenau, Schwandorf, Sulzbach-Rosenberg und Weiden, das Wallfahrtsmuseum Neukirchen beim Hl. Blut sowie das Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum Neusath-Perschen. Zünftige Lederhosen, Billig- oder Couture-Dirndl – die Trachtenmode boomt, vor allem auch bei jungen Dultbesuchern. Dahinter steht der starke Wunsch unserer mobilen Gesellschaft nach Identität. Aber das Phänomen ist keineswegs neu: Bereits gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts mauserte sich das Dirndl vom Arbeitskittel der Magd zum Kleid für die Sommerfrische, das von Damen der Oberschicht getragen wurde. Das Dirndl wurde salonfähig und die Lederhose von den bayerischen Königen geadelt. Das bayerische Staatsgebilde entstand – und so keimte auch das Konzept eines nationalen Kostüms als neu entworfenes Kunstgebilde. Im Infopoint - mitten in Oberbayern - sind vorab Info-Bildfahnen, Filmbeiträge, ein nach dem Vorbild eines Aquarell von 1825 gefertigtes Dirndl und unabdingbare Accessoires zu sehen.

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