The Nuremberg Municipal Museums are a network of seven museums, three collections, and two sites of historical interest. Together they form the "polycentric memory" of the city: The city's nearly 1,000-year history is presented at the locations where it actually occurred.
The Documentation Center on the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Memorial Center commemorating the Nuremberg trials are authentic museological sites that play a pivotal role in making history comprehensible and coming to terms with the era of National Socialism.
The Albrecht Dürer House is the only surviving residence of a Renaissance artist north of the Alps. In addition to the historic structure itself, the Graphic Art Cabinet and Dürer Hall offer visitors a unique perspective on the life and work of the city’s most famous artist.
The world-famous Toy Museum presents the world in miniature, featuring dolls, toy shops, and toys crafted from wood and pewter. The pewter figures testify to the important role that Nuremberg played for centuries as a site for the production and sale of toys. The German Games Archive in Nuremberg is one of the most comprehensive collections of parlor games developed since 1945 in the German-speaking world.
The "Eagle," Germany's first train from the year 1835, represents the emergence of industrialization. The Museum for Industrial Culture offers vivid documentation of the changes in home and workplace environments from the early days up to the structural changes of the present.
The Fembohaus City Museum is a merchant's home from the late Renaissance whose historic interiors offer an impressive glimpse into the history of Nuremberg. The Tucher Mansion, with its grand Hirsvogel Hall and Renaissance Garden, bring to life the world of the city's aristocracy.
The fourteenth-century Medieval Dungeons under City Hall are a sobering reminder of how justice was administered in an earlierera. The historic Art Bunker gave refuge to Nuremberg's most important works of art during the bombing raids of World War II.
Taken together, all departments of Nuremberg Municipal Museums form one large, decentralised city museum.
Between 1996 and 2000, in just five years, all museums were given an individual new concept and were re-designed. New institutions established in 2000 included the Hirsvogel Hall within the gardens of the Museum Tucher Mansion, the Historical Art Shelter in the castle hill, and in 2001 the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds which was an initiative of Nuremberg Municipal Museums. Currently, a new information and memorial site, the "Memorium Nuremberg Trials" is being constructed in the historical location of Court Room 600 in Nuremberg-Fürth Regional Court, formerly the venue of the "Nuremberg Trials", to be opened in late 2010.
The network of municipal museums with its 8 museums, 2 collections and 2 historical sites represents milestones in the city's history, and with over 500,000 visitors per year is one of the most important municipal cultural institutions in the entire Federal Republic.
Since summer 2003, specially written and lovingly produced plays provide visitors with a vivid introduction to Nuremberg's history.
During the winter months, three ladies will entertain visitors with gossip and scandalous stories from the Renaissance in the amusing play "Fine Company. Scandalous (hi)stories from Nuremberg's Golden Age", in the Museum Tucher Mansion. And from May 2008, love stories from the times of Albrecht Dürer have been told in Albrecht Dürer's House all year round, in the dashing "historical" called "An Honourable House".
All museum theatre plays are performed in German only!