Lower Saxony State Museum

Hanover, Germany

The Lower Saxony State Museum comprises the State Gallery (Landesgalerie), featuring paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, plus departments of archaeology, natural history and ethnology. The museum includes a vivarium with fish, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods. 

The predecessor of museum ran out of space for its art collections, prompting the construction of the current building, on the edge of the Maschpark, in 1902. It was designed by Hubert Stier in a Neo-Renaissance style. The cupola above the central risalit was destroyed by Allied bombs during the war. Extensive renovations and modernisations were carried out in the building's interior from 1995 to 2000.

The State Gallery features art from the 11th to the 20th centuries. The collection includes German and Italian works from the Renaissance and the Baroque, 17th-century Flemish and Dutch paintings, Danish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries (e.g. Constantin Hansen), and a print room featuring old German masters, Dutch drawings, 19th-century printworks, and drawings by German Impressionists. Some of the best-known artists include Rembrandt, Rubens and Albrecht Dürer.

The gallery's other strengths include German and French Impressionist paintings, works by Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt, and major works from members of the Künstlerkolonie Worpswede group, such as Bernhard Hoetger, Fritz Overbeck, Otto Modersohn and Paula Modersohn-Becker. Caspar David Friedrich's four-piece Tageszeitenzyklus (The Times of Day) is the only complete such series by Friedrich in a single museum.



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Founded: 1902
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)


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Hareesh Bahuleyan (2 years ago)
Amazing museum. The two main sections are - nature and mankind. Both were well planned and lots of information. One star less because the information provided is only in German. I really hope they would be able to have English information boards in future. The entry was only €4 (special price due to some renovations in some parts of the exhibitions), so it was totally worth it for this price.
baha koltan (3 years ago)
Filled, good, interactive and clean museum. But there is a problem about some cages. I think some animals are suffering in their little boxes. Especially mammals and herptiles. Please give them a bigger area and let them move.
ian carter (3 years ago)
Such a fun museum, beautiful aquarium and other fun small animals. I enjoyed the shop and plenty of lockers to store your bags while you look around
Gerrit Stegeman (3 years ago)
Excellent exhibitions and an outstanding variety of subjects combined under one roof. My sincere compliments and I highly recommend this museum to visit. One recommendation to the city of Hannover, increasing the signposts when coming from the outside of town would be helpful ??‍♂️???
Benson Ng (Ey) (3 years ago)
I have been there so many times, the exhibits are absolutely amazing and i don’t know how to describe it exactly. I love the third floor with some art ? exhibits. You can sit there, relax and enjoy those masterpieces there. Highly recommend if you visit Hannover.
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