The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum belongs to the largest museums in Germany. The historical core of the museum’s collections is made up of the artworks assembled by the house of Wittelsbach, which reflects the dynasty's European-wide relations. Since its foundation, the collections have continuously been and are until today expanded through donations, endowments and spectacular acquisitions.
Spanning the various epochs from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau, the collections feature masterpieces of European art, including sculptures, paintings, goldsmiths´ works and ivory carvings. In addition to porcelains, costumes, furniture, weapons, musical instruments and other genres, the collections also include remarkable testimonies to everyday culture. The collection of nativity scenes is world-famous, with outstanding ensembles from the 17th to the 20th century.