City of Memmingen:Municipal museum

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Memmingen municipal museum

Memmingen municipal museum is a starting point for finding out about the history of our town and presents a community that has played a significant role in industry and trade as well as in politics and religion for centuries. Diverse exhibits make art and culture, everyday worries and authority become alive. The baroque gallery with paintings by Johann Heiss (1640-1704) and precious fine ceramics made by “Künersberg”, the Memmingen faience manufacturer, are particularly worth seeing. The Freudenthal/Altvater local history museum is also attached and this contains a special collection about the Sudeten German town of Freudenthal.

Memmingen municipal museum is located in a late baroque town palace which was built in 1766 by order of the patrician Benedikt von Herman. The so-called Hermansbau has an impressive well-structured rococo façade and is above all reminiscent of a Mediterranean palazzo due to of its lovely inner courtyard and its baroque staircase and allegorical ceiling paintings.

The municipal collection, the foundation of which was laid in 1885, has been kept in this splendid building since 1936 and reflects the history and culture of the Protestant imperial town.

Spacious suites of rooms, some of which contain the original furnishings, convey an impression of patrician home décor and take the visitor from prehistory and early history to the history of law, church and guilds in Memmingen.

The “Images of Memmingen from three centuries” collection gives evidence of civic self-awareness in the former free imperial town, as do the coats of arms of the Memmingen patrician families.

The high spot of the visit are the pictures by the Memmingen baroque painter Johann Heiss and the items by the Künersberg faience factory, which was run by the Memmingen patrician, Jakob v. Küner in the 18th century. These faiences which are of particularly high quality are considered to be amongst the most highly sought after in European fine ceramics and the difficult method in which they are produced is also described in the museum.

Temporary exhibitions on specific aspects of urban and art history complement the permanent exhibition.