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Arts & Museums
The Little Neunhofer Castle was built in the 15th century and is today looked after by the Germanic National Museum (Germanisches Nationalmuseum). It was once the home of the Patrician family and the castle and grounds are today ranked as one of the foremost examples of Patrician Houses in Nuremberg and the surrounding area. The two towers which are the castle's main features date from 1503 and the interior hints at the rich and opulent life once enjoyed by the Patricians living in the countryside. The splendid kitchen and small church are also worth investigating.The fabulous grounds include baroque gardens, which date from a later period. The Neunhofer is best reached by car.
After World War Two which resulted in the greater part Nuremberg being reduced to rubble, an Altstadtmuseum (Old City Museum) was founded to remind the citizens of the Franconian metropole's former architectural beauty. The Fembo House (built in 1420), which was once the home of a rich family was chosen to house this new museum. It was one of the few remaining historic buildings and its pretty exterior stands out. The building's rich interior is splendid with many rooms containing a priceless collection of furniture and art. It was recently re-opened and the newly arranged collection and renovated rooms, many of which feature impressive stucco decorations are as splendid as ever. One new addition which has resulted from this closure is the wooden and clay model of the city, which is brought to life by lighting and sound effects. Also worth mentioning is the 'Beautiful Room' which was once part of the Peller House (Pellerhaus). Over 30 rooms are open to the public, each giving a unique insight into the domestic environment in which the rich citizens once lived. The courtyard, which has an 18 meter deep well can be viewed free of charge.
This is the Tucher dynasty's former summer residence. The little castle dates from the 16th century and is surrounded by picturesque grounds. Although the building was worse for wear after the Second World War, it has been lovingly restored. The interior hints at the privileged lifestyle its former owners enjoyed and the exhibition pieces include lovely carpets, furniture from Italy and France and numerous oil paintings by Lenbach. The early-Renaissance style architecture of the Tucherschlößchen was much-admired by wealthy patrician families in Nuremberg.
Nuremberg has a toy-making tradition dating back centuries and it is a bit of a surprise to find out that the Toy Museum was only opened as recently as 1971. Young and old nevertheless flock here to admire three thousand years' worth of toys, ranging from antique rag dolls and wooden puppets to Lego and Pokemon figures. 'Tin World', an incredible display of miniature cars and model railways, is particularly impressive. Modern toys are also represented and kids can try their hand at the latest computer games.
Museum Industriekultur documents the industry and working culture in Germany during the 19th and 20th century. Different ways of life during the industrial revolution have been researched, using Nuremberg as a benchmark. The museum succeeds in portraying the information from social, technical and cultural viewpoints. The school museum is particularly worthwhile, as it creatively depicts the changes in school life. Its collection includes school rooms, as well as a selection of teaching materials from different times and countries.
Nicolaus Copernicus Planetarium Nürnberg offer a wider range of knowledge on astronomy. Children will particularly benefit from a visit here as they will learn about star-gazing and related subjects in an exciting way. Groups of 20 and above are eligible for a discount. Special prices apply to events including cultural programs and other programs for schools and kindergarten.
The Bibelerlebnishaus (The Bible Experience) gives visitors an opportunity to learn new and interesting facts about the good book. There are three rooms which contain items such as a bible computer. There is also a tour and if you wish, you can book the common room for a seminar or meeting. Wheelchair users should note that there are some steps at the entrance.
Naturhistorisches Museum was founded in 1801 by the Nuremberg Natural History Society. The collection is grouped into specific areas such as archeology, paleontology and early civilizations. There are also extensive holdings of minerals and fossils. The museum is very popular with children, and is specially designed to make it easy for accompanying adults to explain the exhibits. The Society organizes a host of film screenings, excursions and lectures throughout the year.
The Germanic National Museum (Germanisches Nationalmuseum), which was first opened in 1852 has been housed in the former Carthusian monastery since 1857. Although this forms the core of the museum, the complex as a whole consists of an impressive mixture of different architectural styles. The vast collections, for which you'd be well-advised to put several hours aside, cover the middle ages, paintings, sculpture, scientific and musical instruments, tapestries and much more. As you approach the museum's main entrance you may wonder what the 27 columns that flank the path symbolize. They form part of the 'Street of Human Rights' by Dani Karavan. Each column is engraved with a declaration from the United Nations Human Rights charter and each is written in a different language. Also worth visiting are the many lectures, concerts and other events that are held here.
The Neues Museum was created with an aim to increase awareness of contemporary art and design in order to enhance understanding of the world. There is also an interesting program of events and exhibitions that changes from month to month. A fascinating experience for art connoisseurs and critics, this place appeals to people from all walks of life.
One of the main attractions at the transport museum is the Adler, (Eagle) which was Germany's first steam engine (1895). Opened in 1899, the museum has been at the Lessingstra premises since 1985. The fact that the museum is one of the most visited in the city is no doubt down to the fact that it has a great deal to offer. Learn about how the railways developed, marvel at the models and explore the historic carriages on display. There is also an impressive section on the Post Office, which contains a fine collection of stamps and also focuses on the history of telecommunications.
Located in the city of Nürnberg, the Kunstverein Nürnberg is an association which showcases contemporary art exhibitions by national and international artists. Founded in 1792, it is Germany's oldest arts association. It is housed in a modern building designed by Otto Ernst Schweizer and is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.