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Museum August Kestner

About the museum

The Museum August Kestner is named after August Kestner (1777-1853). The oldest municipal museum in the state capital Hanover is enclosed by a listed glass-concrete facade from 1961. Inside there are still parts of the stairwell and the side wings and - as a structural highlight - almost the entire entrance facade of the original first museum building from 1889.
The museum is located in the city center next to the New Town Hall and is the only museum in Hanover and a wide area that shows 6000 years of applied art in four collections: Ancient and Egyptian cultures, applied art with a design collection and one of the largest collections of coins and medals in northern Germany .
Since November 2014, the museum has been part of the "Museums for Cultural History Hanover” association with the Historical Museum Hanover and the Museum Schloss Herrenhausen.


The founder

August Kestner (1777-1853) lived and worked for 36 years as the Hanoverian envoy in Rome. There, as a private collector, he brought together a considerable number of Egyptian and Greco-Roman small art as well as other objects of art. After his death, his nephew, Hermann Kestner, received the collection with the task to donate it to his hometown of Hanover and making it publicly accessible.
The stocks of medieval handicrafts and antique objects of another Hanoverian collector, that of Senator Friedrich Culemann, have been added. Both collections form the founding holdings of the Museum August Kestner, which opened in 1889.

Regular opening hours

Eintritt frei

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General note

1. Januar, 1. Mai, 24./25. Dezember, 31. Dezember sowie Himmelfahrt geschlossen

Ticket prices

  • Erwachsene 5 EUR
  • Ermäßigt 4 EUR
  • Jahreskarte 25 EUR

Current exhibitions

  • Prunk! August der Starke und das Porzellan
    DescriptionDer sächsische Kurfürst Friedrich August I. – genannt August der Starke - war nicht nur mit körperlicher Kraft ausgestattet, sondern auch stark im Auftritt. Als erstem Kurfürsten gelang ihm ein fulminanter Aufstieg: zum König von Polen. Systematisch arbeitete er am Ausbau seiner Macht. In seine Regierungszeit fällt die Erfindung des europäischen Porzellans. 1710 begann die Produktion in der Manu
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Upcoming exhibitions

Past exhibitions

Collections

Glanzlichter des Museum August KestnerShow objects [33]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Antike KulturenShow objects [260]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Gefäßkeramik und VasenmalereiShow objects [45]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Glas der AntikeShow objects [3] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Öllampen und BeleuchtungsgeräteShow objects [61]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Architekturterrakotten: Sog. Campanareliefs, Aufsatzplatten, Simen, Wasserspeier etc.Show objects [13] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Gemmen, Kameen und Glaspasten. Die Sammlung geschnittener SteineShow objects [25]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
TesserenShow objects [6] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Tesserae NummulariaeShow objects [4] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Galvano-Repliken der Fa. Emile Gilliéron & SohnShow objects [9] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Sammlung altorientalischer SchriftdenkmälerShow objects [5] Objects on timeline Objects on map
Ägyptische Kunst
Angewandte Kunst / DesignShow objects [72]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Kestnersche HandzeichnungenShow objects [26]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Das sog. Rehberg-AlbumShow objects [23]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Münzen und MedaillenShow objects [80]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Die JahrhundertmünzeShow objects [21]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Die Münzensammlung Albert DavidShow objects [31]Search inside the collection Objects on timeline Objects on map
Ankäufe bei Ph. Lederer, Berlin, 1933-1937Show objects [11] Objects on timeline Objects on map

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