Treasury in the Munich Residenz: All you need to know about the exhibition

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

Munich Treasury: Impressive treasures of the Wittelsbach dynasty

Crowns, statues, chests and goblets: You can marvel at Munich's royal treasures in the Residenz Museum and the Residenz Treasury. Check out our tips and more information.

The museum at a glance

  • The exhibition at the Munich Treasury shows the treasures of the Bavarian rulers
  • It includes over 1200 pieces of jewelry from late antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.
  • Marvel at jewels, goldsmith's works, enamel, crystal and ivory works at close range

 

History of the Treasury (Schatzkammer)

Die St. Georgs Statuette aus der Schatzkammer in der Residenz, Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung - www.schloesser.bayern.de
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung - www.schloesser.bayern.de

The Treasury of the Residenz in Munich is an impressive testament to the passion of the Bavarian ruling Wittelsbacher family for gold and jewels. In 1565, Duke Albrecht V stipulated that from then on the family's treasures were not to be given away. His successors constantly expanded the collection.

In the course of the secularization of the monasteries and churches in the 19th century, even more treasures were added. As early as 1731, it was decided to display the wealth of the Wittelsbach family in the residence. The treasury displays jewelry from late antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.

The finest raw materials such as rock crystal, precious stone, gold and ivory were used to create ecclesiastical art, orders, insignia and luxury objects and can now be admired by visitors from all over the world.

 

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