Treasury (Residenz)

Schatzkammer in der Residenz, Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung - www.schloesser.bayern.de
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung - www.schloesser.bayern.de

The Treasury in the Residenz in Munich is impressive proof of the Wittelsbachs’ passion for gold and jewels. In 1565 Duke Albrecht V specified that from that point on the family treasures could no longer be given away. His successors continued to expand the collection. At the end of the 18th century the Bavarian princes acquired the entire Palatinate treasure.

Additional precious objects were added in the course of secularizing the monasteries and churches in the 19th century. In 1731 it was decided that the riches of the Wittelsbach family should be exhibited in the Residenz. On display in the Treasury are precious pieces of jewelry from late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classic periods. Fine raw materials like rock crystal, gemstones, gold, and ivory were turned into religious works of art, medals, insignia, and luxury goods, and today can be admired by visitors from all over the world.

 

Hours of operation:

April through mid October: daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mid October through March: daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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