Things to do in Middle Franconia, Bavaria: The Best Museums

August 1, 2021 Osvaldo Hartline

Discover the best top things to do in Middle Franconia, Germany including Stadtisches Museum Zirndorf, Merks Motor Museum, Stadtmuseum Erlangen, Topferei "Die Lehmgrube", Brunnenhausmuseum Schillingsfurst, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Toy Museum, Frankonian Open Air Museum, DB Museum (German Railway Museum), Museum Industriekultur.

1. Stadtisches Museum Zirndorf

Spitalstr. 2, 90513 Zirndorf, Bavaria Germany +49 911 96060590 [email protected] http://www.zirndorf.de/Start.n134.html
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5.0 based on 8 reviews

Stadtisches Museum Zirndorf

2. Merks Motor Museum

Klingenhofstr. 51, 90411 Nuremberg, Bavaria Germany +49 911 56149499 http://www.merks-motor-museum.de/
Excellent
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5.0 based on 39 reviews

Merks Motor Museum

3. Stadtmuseum Erlangen

Martin-Luther-Platz 9, 91054 Erlangen, Bavaria Germany +49 9131 862408 http://www.erlangen.de/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1572
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5.0 based on 10 reviews

Stadtmuseum Erlangen

4. Topferei "Die Lehmgrube"

Falbenthaler Str. 14, 91757 Treuchtlingen, Bavaria Germany +49 9142 202790 [email protected] http://www.lehmgrube.com
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Topferei "Die Lehmgrube"

5. Brunnenhausmuseum Schillingsfurst

Brunnenhausweg 25, 91583 Schillingsfurst, Bavaria Germany +49 9868 222 http://www.brunnenhausmuseum.de
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Brunnenhausmuseum Schillingsfurst

6. Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Kartaeusergasse 1, 90402 Nuremberg, Bavaria Germany +49 911 13310 [email protected] http://www.gnm.de/
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4.5 based on 805 reviews

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is the largest museum of cultural history in the German-speaking region. Setting nation-wide standards through its scientific and scholarly achievements, it carries the reputation of a dependable reference point in the museum landscape. The museum investigates art and culture in German-speaking areas in an internationally integrated and innovative way, offering educational experiences in dialogue form. Insights and results are situated within their historical contexts. The exhibition captivates visitors by the aura and presence of the original, awakening curiosity in art and culture through the narrative around it.

Reviewed By ElleKaye73 - Chicago, United States

The first globe ever made is here! This well-laid out museum has something for everyone, from bronze age implements to medical weapons, to Durer artwork. We spent about 3 hours here, well worth the visit!

7. Toy Museum

Karlstrasse 13-15, 90403 Nuremberg, Bavaria Germany +49 911 2313164 [email protected] http://museen.nuernberg.de/spielzeugmuseum
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4.5 based on 839 reviews

Toy Museum

Nuremberg has been a city of toys since the Middle Ages. With an abundance of extraordinary exhibits from antiquity to the present, Nuremberg's world famous Toy Museum presents the "world in miniature" in 1,400 square meters of space, featuring dolls, shops, tin figures and tin toys, wooden toys and a large model train set (Track S), as well as more recent toys, such as Lego, Barbie, Playmobil, and Matchbox. The imaginatively designed children's area in the attic is staffed with trained educational personnel. Summer attractions include a large outdoor playground and a museum cafe in the secluded inner courtyard. There are audio guides tailored for adults and children to escort you through the museum, and also a droll photographic treasure hunt.

Reviewed By MattSRob - Potsdam, Germany

A great wee museum full of toys of the past ranging from the likes of wooden toys and dolls right up to Game Boys and He-Man. Kids here were having blast running around looking at all of the old items, and some of the delicate doll houses are definitely impressive. I was pleasently surprised to find that their big model railway was based on the train lines around Omaha, Nebraska, my former home for a few years - brought back some nice memories! Good fun overall.

8. Frankonian Open Air Museum

Eisweiherweg 1 Bernhard-Bickert-Weg, 91438 Bad Windsheim, Bavaria Germany +49 9841 66800 [email protected] http://www.freilandmuseum.de
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Frankonian Open Air Museum

Museum under the open sky A walk around the Fränkisches Freilandmuseum is like travelling back in time through the past 700 years of rural life in Franconia. More than one hundred buildings, most of them furnished with authentic furniture from their period – farmsteads, craftsmen’s cottages, shepherd’s hut, barns, stables, bakeries, drying houses for fruit and flax, a school, a municipal building and a manor house – make for an amazing journey of discovery, showing how Franconian people lived, worked and built their homes in times gone by. Walk from village to village The buildings are arranged in sevengroups, representing different regions and themes. So, walking around the museum site feels a bit like walking from village to village, as people would have done in the past. Of particular interest are the “Middle Ages” group and the “Town” group, located in Bad Windsheim’s old town, with the Spitalkirche (hospital church), the “Museum Kirche in Franken”.

Reviewed By ghanbg - Nuremberg, Germany

This is a remarkable open air museum - a collection of farm buildings from various centuries. Very spacious, lovely grounds, historically interesting and engaging. Also nice for kids, who will love exploring some of the buildings insides. There are places on the property to grab a bite + some cool playgrounds. The place is a bit off the beaten tourist tracks (for non-Germans), but if you have a chance to pass through, do visit it.

9. DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria Germany +49 800 32687386 [email protected] http://www.dbmuseum.de/museum_de/home
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4.5 based on 644 reviews

DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

Having opened its doors in 1882, the DB Museum is now the world's oldest museum devoted to the railways. Its main building is located in Nuremberg, and it also has two other branches - one in Koblenz and the other in Halle an der Saale. Property of the Deutsche Bahn Foundation, the Nuremberg building may be old, but it is nothing if not modern, as its collections and exhibitions have been completely overhauled in recent years. The heart of the Nuremberg exhibition is a panoramic sweep of rail history in Germany from its humble beginnings around 1800 up to the present day, and even taking a look at what the future may have in store. Covering a total space of 6,800 m², it takes a different approach to most railway museums in that the history of train technology is just one aspect among many others. All of them are woven together to tell a much larger story. Scores of objects, from original locomotives to old advertising signs, are given their own interactive settings and vividly bring this tale to life. The original vehicles at the museum are another major draw for visitors. Some 40 rail legends are on show in two halls. They include the oldest surviving passenger coach in Germany, a replica of the country's first steam locomotive, the Adler, and a model of the ICE 4, the next generation of high-speed train. The museum's external exhibition space covers some 15,000 m² and includes a vintage train platform, interactive signal box and a display depot containing train-related treasures from the museum's various collections. Younger visitors can look forward to KIBALA, a railway paradise created specially for children to experiment and play with. It's got lots of buttons that need pressing, a train simulator and a miniature railway that shunts our little visitors around the entire exhibition grounds. The museum hosts different special exhibitions dedicated to specific topics, and its programme of events also includes a wide range of concerts, talks and celebrations that ensure there's never a dull moment at Lessingstrasse 6.

Reviewed By ghanbg - Nuremberg, Germany

Consider this probably the best museum for kids, especially boys, in town! Lots and lots of historic trains to marvel at, wander through and explore. For any train and history buff, this is an amazing place. Location is superb for going here before or after exploring the historic city center.

10. Museum Industriekultur

Aeussere Sulzbacher Str. 62, 90491 Nuremberg, Bavaria Germany +49 911 2313875 [email protected] http://museen.nuernberg.de/museum-industriekultur
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Museum Industriekultur

A former screw factory from the 1920s currently houses the museum, which showcases the history of industrialization in Nuremberg, from the 19th century to the present-day structural change. Work and private life from that time is made real again, turning exhibition pieces into players and visitors into discoverers. Young and old can watch the exciting demonstration in the historic pencil making workshop and even try their hand at printing in the print shop. In learning laboratories, young visitors can research and experiment to their hearts' content and try out computer games of yesterday and today. The motorcycle collection brings Nuremberg’s Golden Age of two-wheeler production to life.

Reviewed By Browny312

An awesome place with so many historical items from motorcycles to cars, vacuum cleaners', computers and a real history timeline of many items from Nuremburg and Germany From the outside you could easily drive past as not being worth the stop but you ste blown away with the variety of displays and the quality once inside A great couple of hours spent

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