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The Cultural Historic Museum Magdeburg

The Museum and its Exhibits

The Museum of Cultural History focuses on the history Magdeburg. It is divided in a permanent and a special exhibition, which changes regularly. One of the most important exhibits of the museum is the statue of the “Magdeburger Reiter” (the equestrian of Magdeburg). It is presented in the so called “Emperor Otto Hall”, which is designed in medieval style and has paintings on the walls. It features the famous original statue of the "Magdeburger Reiter" in the medieval-like Emperor Otto hall with paintings from 1905/06 when the museum was founded.

The permanent exhibition "Magdeburg - the history of the city" shows the development of Magdeburg through the time. It starts with its first mention in 804 and its time as an imperial city under Otto the Great (812-873), the first "German Emperor". Through many original exhibits visitors can experience the history of Magdeburg. The city was completely destroyed and rebuild two times (1631 and 1945), had the famous physician Otto-van-Guericke as a mayor, was one of the most important fortress towns of Prussia and finally became the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt.

Furthermore, the museum contains an art collection as a permanent exhibition. At present, the exhibition contains pieces of ancient and medieval times, paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, textiles, precious gobelins from Flanders, furniture from various centuries, ceramics and a number of special collections.

The Museum of Cultural History shows a building with the Museum of Natural History.

Permanent exhibitions

Prices per person for permanent exhibition:

Adults: 5 Euros
Concessions: 3 Euros
Group as of 12 persons: 2 Euros per person

Special Exhibitions may cost extra charge.

Historical background

At the beginning of the 20th century, the museum was planned and built by the Viennese architect Friedrich Ohmann. He designed the building in a Renaissance and Gothic style, through architectural elements he tried to imitate the glory and splendour of its time. The Cultural History Museum of Magdeburg opened in 1906. Originally the Museum was built as an art museum. The first director Theodor Volbehr (1862-1931) induced that art and craft collections, which were taken over from various societies, were exhibited in the centre of the museum to show of Magdeburg’s rich past.

The eastern building was added in a second construction phase in 1912/1913. In World War II the museum was partially destroyed and suffered the nearly complete loss of its valuable exhibits. The reconstruction began in 1945/46 and for practical reasons the city of Magdeburg decided to add the exhibition of the Museum of Natural History to the former Museum of Cultural History.