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Alter Hof 1
80331 München


Gallery Hours

Mo.-Sa. 10.00-18.00 Sonn- 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
800 Jahre Veste Oberhaus Passau zu Gast im Infopoint
02.04.2019 - 25.05.2019

Im Infopoint stimmen Bildinfofahnen und ein Film auf das Jubiläumsfest der Veste Oberhaus ein, die in Passau heuer ihr 800-jähriges Bestehen feiert. Wo einst die Fürstbischöfe residierten, lädt heute eine der größten erhaltenen Burganlagen Europas zu einer Zeitreise durch die Jahrhunderte ein. Im Jubiläumsjahr steht die gesamte Burganlage im Zeichen der wechselvollen Burggeschichte seit der erstmaligen Erwähnung der Veste Oberhaus im Jahr 1219. Ab 8. Juni lassen in der Sonderausstellung „Mächtig prächtig! 800 Jahre Veste Oberhaus“ Exponate aus ganz Bayern, beeindruckende Inszenierungen und spannende Mitmachstationen die Nutzungsgeschichte der einstigen Residenz der Passauer Fürstbischöfe wieder lebendig werden. Im neu gestalteten Aussichtsturm erzählt eine multimediale Ausstellung die facettenreiche Geschichte der Burgen und Schlösser im Inn-Salzach-Donauraum. Die neue Veste Oberhaus-App lässt Vergangenes virtuell wieder sichtbar werden und begleitet in verschiedenen Erlebnistouren durch die Burg. Das umfangreiche Veranstaltungsprogramm nimmt die Besucher mit auf eine Zeitreise vom Mittelalter bis ins 19. Jahrhundert, verspricht sommerlichen Kinogenuss und wartet mit einem großen Burgspektakel auf.

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