The Deutsche Theatermuseum in Munich is a museum focused on history of the theater, and primarily devoted to the German-speaking theater history. It has its headquarters in the Churfürstlichen Gallerie, built in 1780/1781, and located in the Galeriestraße 4a at Hofgarten. Director of the Museum is currently the theater, art and literary scholar Claudia Blank. She is also director of the photography collection.
The museum was founded in the House of the Royal Bavarian Court actress Clara Zeiger, on 24 June 1910. In 1932, the Odyssee halls of the Munich Residenz were used as an exhibition space. The Clara-Ziegler Foundation established the Deutsches Theatermuseum in September 1979, and since then it has become a state museum.
The museum does not have a permanent exhibition. For special exhibitions related to a specific topic, various exhibitions including stage sets, theatrical construction plans, props, costumes and masks, as well as audiovisual documents are displayed. In addition, the museum houses the largest collection of theater photographs and an extensive archive and library with about 100,000 publications.
- Deutsches Theatermuseum. Entdecken, was dahinter steckt! Munich, edition text + kritik, Richard Boorberg Verlag 2010, ISBN 978-3-86916-073-3
- Matthias Memmel (April 2008). "Der Odyssee-Zyklus von Ludwig Michael Schwanthaler für die Münchner Residenz" (PDF) (in German). Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.
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