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Five Continents Museum, Munich
Munich, Germany
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The State Museum of Ethnology Munich was founded in 1868. However, the first collectors of ethnographical objects which are now part of the museums' collections, were members of the Wittelsbach family, the Royal Dynasty of Bavaria. In 1830, for instance, King Ludwig I of Bavaria bought a large collection of artefacts from India and Oceania. Today the Museum is the second largest Ethnological Museum in Germany (after Berlin) with a collection of more than 200.000 objects, an exhibition area of 4.500 square meters, and a permanent staff of 50-60 people. Seven curators are responsible for their regional departments. The Museum has its own facilities for conservation, photography and exhibition technology as well as a very good public library. A presentation hall for openings of exhibitions, lectures, music and dance can take 200 people. On the second floor are the permanent exhibitions of the Art and Culture of the Americas and of Africa, on the first floor are the Islamic World, India, Southeast Asia and Oceania as well as an area for temporary exhibitions. The museum is called Five Continents Museum since 2014.

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Address
Maximilianstrasse 42 
City
Munich
Country
Germany 
Website
http://www.museum-fuenf-kontinente.de/services/english-summary.html
Contributor
dr. Michaela Appel, PD dr. Jürgen Wasim Frembgen, dr. Bruno J. Richtsfeld, Dr. Wolfgang Stein 

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  • The elephant-headed god Ganesha
    India
    AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century
    Five Continents Museum, Munich
  • Baby carrier
    Indonesia
    AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century
    Five Continents Museum, Munich
  • Mahapurusha
    India
    AD 2nd century ~ AD 2nd century
    Five Continents Museum, Munich

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