Object description:

Treasury in the Munich Residence

Picture: Crown of the Queen of Bavaria

The display of jewels, goldsmith's work, enamels, crystal objects and ivories in the Treasury of the Munich Residence is the result of centuries of avid collecting by the rulers of Bavaria. In his will of 1565 Duke Albrecht V stipulated that particularly valuable ‘hereditary and dynastic jewels’ be united to form an unsaleable treasure.

Established in this way by the Wittelsbach family's first great patron and collector of art, the treasure was expanded by his son, Duke Wilhelm V, and by his grandson, Elector Maximilian I, and was maintained by Electors Maximilian Emanuel, Karl Albrecht und Maximilian Joseph III. Elector Karl Theodor enlarged the treasure in the late 18th century by transferring the treasure of the Palatine Wittelsbachs to Munich.

The treasure reached its full extent in the early 19th century, with the addition of the royal insignia of the newly created Kingdom of Bavaria and of several outstanding medieval works of art acquired as a result of the confiscation of church property in 1803.

Alongside this profane treasure the Munich Residence also possessed valuable liturgical implements and relics (housed in containers known as reliquaries). This sacred treasure had been acquired in the early 17th century by Wilhelm V and Maximilian I for the Court Chapel in the Residence. Like the profane treasure, it was maintained by successive Wittelsbach rulers and expanded in the early 19th century by examples of the medieval goldsmith's art confiscated from the Church. Some works in this collection were transferred to the Treasury in 1958.

The Treasury in its present form is located in ten rooms on the ground floor of the Royal Palace.

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Residence Museum
Munich Court Garden


Residenzstraße 1
80333 München
089 29067-1

Opening hours

April-15 October:
9 am-6 pm (last entry: 5 pm)

16 October-March:
10 am-5 pm (last entry: 4 pm)

Open daily

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours

No regular guided tours

Free audio guide available in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese

guided tours for private groups can be booked here …

Admission fees 2023

9 euros regular
8 euros reduced

Combination ticket
(Residence Museum + Treasury)
14 euros regular
12 euros reduced

Combination ticket
(Residence Museum + Treasury + Cuvilliés Theatre)
17 euros regular
14.50 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

Getting here / parking


'Marienplatz' or 'Odeonsplatz'

Bus to 'Odeonsplatz',
tram to 'Nationaltheater'

Underground parking at 'Max-Joseph-Platz'

Further information


Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)


Pfälzer Residenzweinstube
089 225628

Frank Weinbar
Residenzstraße 1
089 23237492,

Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten
Odeonsplatz 6/7
089 229060

Administrative office

Verwaltung der
Residenz München
Residenzstraße 1
80333 München
089 29067-1
Fax 089 29067-225
ResidenzMuenchen@ bsv.bayern.de

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