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Discover Museums in Bayreuth

This Franconian town hosts the most beautiful baroque theatre in the world and is the venue of a world-famous opera festival. The town further dedicated a museum to the composer Richard Wagner. Feel invited for a stroll through castle parks or, as a contrasting programme, a street art trail and African art exhibitions at the Iwalewa House.

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Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth

Gardening enthusiasts will have a field day in Bayreuth. The margravial gardens, such as the park of the Eremitage (Hermitage), the court garden of the New Palace, and the gardens of Fantaisie Palace and Sanspareil, invite you for a unique stroll. Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth played a large part in their creation and even had scenes from François Fénelon's novel "The Adventures of Telemachus, Son of Ulysses" created for the Sanspareil rock garden in a beech grove. The Gartenkunst-Museum Schloss Fantaisie (Garden Art Museum Castle Fantaisie) is also worth a visit. It recaptures the history of the castle and park, the garden design, the plants and tools used, and a gardener's tasks.

Gemaltes Porträt von Wilhelmine von Bayreuth in einem reich verzierten Kleid
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth, Antoine Pesne, um 1734 © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

Richard Wagner's World of Opera

The name Richard Wagner is inextricably linked with the city of Bayreuth. The famous composer lived and worked here from 1872 until his death in 1883. His operas have left a lasting mark on music history. The famous annual Bayreuth Festival, established in 1876, is a must for all Wagner fans. Villa Wahnfried, Wagner's former home, is now part of the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth. It offers insights into his life and work. Wagner's study, his library, and his grave can be examined here. The performance history of the Bayreuth Festival up to the present day, including historical stage design models, original costumes, and stage equipment from the Festival Theatre, is also part of the exhibition.

The Freemasons & Encounters with African Modernity

Would you like to uncover a few secrets about the Freemasons or get to know the fascinating contemporary culture of Africa? Then Bayreuth is the place to visit! This picturesque town has all kinds of surprises in store for you. At the Deutsches Freimaurermuseum (German Masonic Museum), you can find out more about the mysterious alliance that has attracted famous personalities, including Mozart and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Find out what lies behind this legendary brotherhood and how it has influenced the culture and history of our society.

The Iwalewahaus (Iwalewa House) presents exhibitions that don't simply concentrate on the formal beauty of foreign artefacts or the exoticism of foreign cultures. It focuses on understanding their true identity.

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The new World Heritage Information Center and the Museum on the History of the Opera House

What a feast! The new Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margravial Opera House): World Heritage & Museum makes baroque theatre life tangible. A fascinating exhibition about Bayreuth's baroque theatre awaits you in the sumptuously designed rooms. A special highlight is the playable reconstruction of a baroque stage.

Exhibition view with stage installation, interactive media station and historical costumes
Exhibition room in the Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margravial Opera House): World Heritage & Museum © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, Florian Schröter, München
Exhibits embedded in a golden wall panelling
Exhibition room in the Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margravial Opera House): World Heritage & Museum © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, Florian Schröter, München
Exterior façade of the Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margravial Opera House) including the Redoutenhaus with elaborate architectural decorative elements
Facade of the Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margravial Opera House) with Redoutenhaus, Bayreuth © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, Thomas Köhler, Bayreuth

Museums in Bayreuth

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