February 28, 2005
Schatzkammer der Residenz Antiquarium (Hall of Antiquities), the largest secular Renaissance hall north of the Alps, was the highlight of visiting this museum. I would have been satisfied with only seeing that.
We arrived shortly before the last admittance at 3:30pm. Seeing the Wittelsbachs' treasury rooms required a separate admission, and we were persuaded by a staff person to go to this, as it was smaller. We were disappointed and weren't really interested in seeing the treasury. We zipped through the whole thing in 5 minutes and went back to ticketing area to complain. We were given complimentary tickets to come back tomorrow and escorted to see only the Antiquarium from the magnet image I saw in the souvenirs available.
The Residenzmuseum is so large that it is broken down into two parts. Coming in the morning is the Tour 1 route, and coming in the afternoon is the Tour 2 route. We took so long in the morning that we were switched over to the Tour 2 route, which includes the Chinese and Japanese porcelain exhibits we wouldn't have seen on the Tour 1 route. I managed to get separated from my partner and lost in a loop in the tour for about an hour before one of the older guards saw me for the third or fourth time going around and he escorted me out. Frankly, this place is much too large, with so many rooms to go through. To see all of this, you really need to allow the whole day if you can stand to walk that long.
The Residenzmuseum includes Nibelungensäle, but we forgot about it, as we had had enough. An audio guide is available.
The restroom is past the coat-check area to the right and up the stairs and suggest you use it before beginning as there was only one other place I found by accident when I needed it.
April to October 15 Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, last entry at 3:30pm; October 16 to March 9am to 6pm; closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Shrove Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Tel: (0 89) 2 90 67-1; Fax: (0 89) 2 90 67-2 25
U-Bahn, S-Bahn Marienplatz; U-Bahn Odeonsplatz
From journal MUC