Museums in Augsburg

Brecht house

Brecht house

House where Bert Brecht was born in 1898. A typical craftsman’s house located on a canal of the river Lech. Today it harbors the Bert Brecht Memorial.

The diocesan museum

The diocesan museum

The Diözesanmuseum, diocesan museum, (right next to the Cathedral) exhibits a vast number of art treasures including, for example, the bronze doors of the Augsburg cathedral from the 11th century and paintings and sculptures of the late Middle Ages.

Fuggerei museum

The Fuggerei museum displays the lifestyle of earlier times in three rooms found in the only apartment of the Fuggerei which has been preserved in its original condition. In 2006 a modern didactic area of the museum was newly opened where the story of the Fuggers and the Fuggerei is documented on film, with text and picture boards as well as with exhibits. Signs on a number of the Fuggerei houses point out building information and historic details.

Fugger and Welser Museum

Exploring Augsburg’s golden age of the Fuggers and the Welsers

They were citizens of Augsburg, fabulously rich and incredibly successful: the Fuggers, one of the most important banking houses in Europe and, with their mining interests, the Krupps of their day. The Welsers were financiers on a similar scale, but also controlled an unrivalled trade network that stretched as far as South America. The Fuggers’ copper went to India and all points in between, while the Welsers went to the jungle in search of El Dorado. This chapter of German economic history is such a fascinating time that historians speak of the “Age of the Fuggers and the Welsers”. Now there is an innovative re-telling of this story of towering success from “Augsburg’s golden Renaissance age” at The Fugger and Welser Experience. The museum is housed in an extensively renovated Renaissance building where visitors encounter contemporary storytelling through stylish display panels, film and sound media and witness a virtual conversation between Jakob Fugger “the Rich” and Bartholomäus Welser V. There is also a section of a mine to explore in the basement.

The Fugger and Welser Experience
Augsburg, Äußeres Pfaffengässchen 23
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 – 17.00

Art museum “Walter” at the “Glas-Palace”

The “Glas-Palace,” an industrial monument, made of iron, concrete and glass, now accommodates the art museum “Walter” with more than 600 exhibits of modern art. Further exhibits can be found at the H2 Centre for Contemporary Arts and the State Gallery of Modern Art.

MAN museum

The museum of the MAN Group in Augsburg displays many original exhibitions, including the world's first Diesel engine, models, many pictures as well as information panels.

Maximilian museum

Patrician house, built in 1546. The painting of the facade was reconstructed according to old patterns. The museum presents interesting evidence of town history as well as a large exhibition of goldsmiths’ work and silverwork of famous Augsburg masters. Courtyard with café.

Mozart house

The house in which Leopold Mozart, the father of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was born, is a house of the bourgeoisie of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today it is a Mozart memorial with a permanent exhibition and interesting changing exhibits (documents from the time of Mozart in Augsburg, on Leopold and Wolfgang Amadé and a Stein pianoforte).

Roman Museum

Two-nave hall church of the former St. Magdalene monastery. Features a multitude of prehistoric exhibits and interesting finds from the Roman Empire.

++ At the moment the Roman Museum is closed- you find an special exhibition at the Zeughaus +++

Schaezler Palace

City residence of the banker Liebert von Liebenhofen with a richly furnished rococo banqueting hall (1765-1770), today Germany’s most important baroque gallery. Entrance to the State Gallery of Bavaria with paintings by the Old Masters such as Duerer, Holbein and Cranach.

State Museum of Textiles and Textile Industry (tim)

State Museum of Textiles and Textile Industry (tim): In one of Bavaria’s first factories, “tim” documents the once European-wide significance of the industrial city of Augsburg using machines, samples and a “catwalk of fashion history.” One hundred years ago approximately 30,000 people worked in the spinning mills, weaving mills and dye works of this German “Manchester.”

State Gallery “Altdeutsche Meister”

This gallery, which was founded in 1806 and arranged in the Katharinenkirche in 1835, is the oldest branch gallery of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. The collection includes paintings from the Augsburg and Swabian schools dating from the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, the golden age of painting in and around Augsburg. Numerous works of the collection were commissioned by patrician families for churches and monasteries in the old free city, including works completed for the Katharinenkloster. At the heart of the collection is the portrait of Jacob Fugger, as well as a series of paintings of seven Roman basilicas by H. Holbein the Elder, H. Burgkmair and the monogrammist L.F. The State Gallery is located in the former church of St. Catherine in Augsburg, the entrance is in the Schaezler Palace.

Bunker of WWII

Shortly after World War II began, an air-raid shelter was erected in the Fuggerei. Here a permanent exhibition entitled “The Fuggerei in WWII – Destruction and Reconstruction” shows the fate of the Fuggerei and its residents during the time of National Socialism and in the phase of post-war reconstruction. Texts and photographs, film and sound as well as exhibits all document the bombing of Augsburg during WWII plus the reconstruction of both the Fuggerei and the city of Augsburg.