Diocesan Museum Bamberg

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Diocesan Museum Bamberg
Bamberg Diocesan Museum.jpg
Diocesan Museum Bamberg
place Bamberg
opening 1966
Holger Kempkens
ISIL DE-MUS-011718

The Bamberg Diocesan Museum is a museum that emerged from the old cathedral treasury of Bamberg Cathedral . It is located on the Domberg (Domplatz 5).


The museum is housed in the cathedral chapter house built by the baroque master builder Balthasar Neumann between 1731 and 1733. The first plans for a museum were made as early as 1907, but it wasn't until 1966 that it opened under the auspices of the Metropolitan Chapter . The showrooms were reopened in 1991 and 1992 and expanded in 2005.


The focus of the collection is the Bamberg Cathedral Treasure and architectural sculptures of the Bamberg Cathedral. The museum also shows medieval vestments , Franconian sculptures from the late Gothic and Baroque periods, as well as religious folk art. The most important pieces in the museum include medieval textiles, including the starry cloak of Emperor Heinrich II , the cloak of Empress Kunigunde , the regalia of Pope Clement II and the so-called Gunther cloth , a silk fabric from Byzantium .


In his travel guide about Bamberg and the surrounding area from the early 20th century, the author Dietrich Amende also describes the cathedral treasure:

The cathedral's treasury

It contains sights of the first order. First and foremost are the three imperial coats from the 11th century. “Such pompous robes from the 11th / 12th centuries. Named century. in total only 8 have remained essentially intact ”(3 in Bamberg, 2 in St. Paul in Carinthia , 1 each in Vienna, Pressburg, Anagni) (Dr. Senger).
The actual imperial, perhaps even coronation cloak of Henry II bears the dedication: “You adornment of Europe, Caesar Heinrich, be happy; May the heavenly King multiply your empire! ” Melus , Duke of Apulia, who asked the emperor to protect himself against the Saracens in Bamberg, brought the gift of honor. Kaiser Wilhelm II had himself dressed in this coat on a glass painting in the cathedral in Lüneburg. The second imperial coat shows an emperor on the hunt, the third, called the coat of Empress Kunigunde, shows the salvation history of the Old and New Testaments in 40 medallions. - An episcopal shoulder dress, Rationale, like the one the Bamberg bishop once wore is very noteworthy. Four such rationales have survived from the Middle Ages. The grave carpet of Bamberg Bishop Günther, who died in 1065 on the return journey from a pilgrimage to Palestine, is extremely interesting. With extraordinary effort, the carpet that was removed from the sarcophagus (on the Georgenchor of the cathedral) in 1830 was put back together.
There are precious reliquaries in the treasury . Furthermore, a very remarkable Romanesque candelabra from the 12th century for the so-called Easter candle , hardly surpassed in terms of size and variety of shapes; then beautiful works of goldsmithing, charming small sculptures made of wood, the sacrificial bowl and the belt of Kunigunden. "

Special exhibitions

  • 2010: God female. A hidden side of the biblical God , in cooperation with adult education in the Archdiocese of Bamberg and the Chair of Old Testament Sciences at the University of Bamberg .
  • 2011: Valentin Rathgeber . Life - work - meaning of the baroque composer and Benedictine father of the Banz monastery , in cooperation with the international Valentin-Rathgeber-Society .
  • 2012: Towards Heaven. 1000 years of the Bamberg Imperial Cathedral 1012–2012.
  • 2013: Maria in the mirror of modern art.
  • 2014: Crowned on earth and in heaven. The holy imperial couple Heinrich II and Kunigunde .
  • 2016: Saint Leopold von Babenberg
  • 2016: the last way. Death and burial in the Middle Ages and modern times

Web links

Commons : Diözesanmuseum Bamberg  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dietrich Amende: Bamberg and Franconia . Bamberg, around 1912.
  2. Norbert Jung , Wolfgang F. Reddig (Ed.): Towards the sky. 1000 years of the Bamberg Cathedral 1012–2012. Catalog of the special exhibition (= publications of the Diözesanmuseum Bamberg. Vol. 22). Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg 2012, ISBN 978-3-86568-754-8 .
  3. ^ Special exhibition in the Diocesan Museum in Bamberg

Coordinates: 49 ° 53 ′ 26 ″  N , 10 ° 53 ′ 0 ″  E