Museums in Hannover – Virtual Tour
Hanover or in German, Hannover is the capital of Lower Saxony and lies at the confluence of the River Leine and its tributary Ihme. Before it became the capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover was the capital of the Kingdom of Hanover (1814–1866), the Province of Hanover of the Kingdom of Prussia (1868–1918), and the Province of Hanover of the Free State of Prussia (1918–1946).
From 1714 to 1837, Hanover was by personal union the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
The city is a central crossing point of railway lines and highways, and the Hanover fairground is the largest in the world.
Hanover hosts annual commercial trade fairs such as the Hanover Fair, CeBIT, the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, the Schützenfest Hannover, and the Oktoberfest Hannover.
“Hanover” is the traditional English spelling. The German spelling (with a double n) is becoming more popular in English. The traditional English spelling is still used in historical contexts, primarily when referring to the British House of Hanover.
Museums and Art Galleries in Hannover
The Lower Saxony State Museum is the largest in Hanover. The State Gallery shows the European Art from the 11th to the 20th century, and the Nature Department shows the zoology, geology, botanic, geology and a Vivarium with fishes, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.
The Primeval Department shows the ancient history of Lower Saxony, and the Folklore Department offers the cultures from all over the world.
The Sprengel Museum shows the art of the 20th century. The focus is put on the classical modernist art with the collection of German expressionism, and French cubism, the cabinet of abstracts, the graphics, and the department of photography and media.
Virtual Tour of Museums in Hannover
Highlights Tour of Museums in Hannover
The Sprengel Museum in Hanover houses a collection of modern art in Germany. Bernhard Sprengel donated his collection of modern art to the city of Hanover in 1969, as well as financially supporting the construction of the museum.
In addition to the works donated by Sprengel, the museum also houses 20th-century artworks owned by the state of Lower Saxony and the city of Hanover.
The Sprengel Museums’s key works include Kurt Schwitters, Niki de Saint Phalle, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Emil Nolde, and Max Beckmann.
Sprengel Museum – 360 Virtual Tour
Lower Saxony State Museum
The Lower Saxony State Museum comprises the State Gallery (Landesgalerie), featuring paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, plus departments of archaeology, natural history, and ethnology.
The museum includes a vivarium with fish, amphibians, reptiles, and arthropods.
Lower Saxony State Museum – 360 Virtual Tour
Museum August Kestner
Museum August Kestner was founded in 1889, and its collections focus on four different categories of antiquities: Ancient Egypt, Classical Antiquity, Numismatics, and Applied Art / Design.
The Egyptian collection provides an overview of the ancient Egyptian culture of four millennia with exhibits from prehistoric times (4th millennium BC), pharaonic Egypt, to early Christianity (6th century AD).
The Ancient Cultures collection of antiquities mainly includes handicraft objects of the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans.
Museum August Kestner – 360 Virtual Tour
Aviation Museum Hannover-Laatzen
The Aviation Museum Hannover-Laatzen is a permanent exhibition of the history of aviation. The museum’s collection includes 38 airplanes, 800 aircraft models, and more than 30 aircraft engines.
Among the vast array of exhibits, one can find one of the first jet engines in history, as well as a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, and a Supermarine Spitfire. Aircraft from the postwar era include a MiG-15, an F-104, and an An-2.
Exhibits include civilian and military aircraft, and the exhibits are mostly arranged in chronological order, starting with the birth of aviation and ending with modern civil aviation.
Museums in Hannover
Museums in Hannover – Map
A Tour of Germany’s Museums
- The Pergamon Museum
- Neues Museum
- Altes Museum
- Alte Nationalgalerie – National Gallery (Berlin)
- Bode Museum
- Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
- Spy Museum Berlin
- Jewish Museum, Berlin
- Deutsches Historisches Museum – German Historical Museum
- DDR Museum
- German Resistance Memorial Center
- Art Galleries
- Greek and Roman Art
- Egyptian Art
- Kunsthalle Munich
- Deutsches Museum – German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology
“I don’t have plans; I only have goals.”
– German Proverb
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