Special places – themed and general museums

If you want the full picture, then these are the places to go: from the film museum through to Handel House, themed museums retrace the steps of notable personalities at authentic sites or highlight specific aspects of human life. For variety in scope and theme, look no further than the general museums.

The breathtaking Audi Forum in Ingolstadt is an automotive world of discovery popular with millions of visitors – not all of whom are interested in cars.

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Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) are two of the leading figures in German cultural history.

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The Glass Technology Laboratory founded by Otto Schott in 1884 is now the Schott Glass Museum, which recounts the fascinating history of his company's products and technology.

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Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach in Thuringia . In Eisenach today there are more than 250 original exhibits on display inside the 600m² museum dedicated to him: Bach House.

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The Bach Museum in Leipzig , which reopened in 2010, is a testament to 21st century museum culture.

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With over 300 exhibits, the Bauhaus Museum gives an insight into the evolution of the Bauhaus at the very place where it originated, Weimar.

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The German Emigration Center, which received the European Museum of the Year Award in 2007, traces the history of the more than seven million people who emigrated overseas from Bremerhaven.

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