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“Do not take your Kids to this museum.”
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Neues Museum
Ranked #47 of 149 things to do in Nuremberg
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

So after allowing myself a few days to get a perspective I still maintain this was one of the more excruciating museum trips I have been on. To get it into context my Kids and I were killing time before our evening flight.

They are well behaved but enthusiastic five and ten year olds who enjoy art, in fact, love the London Design Museum. And have until this visit always had a good time at Museums helping them to expand their minds and see new things.

The visit starts well enough, with a nice receptionist taking my €1 and explaining that kids go free and that they regularly have tours for kids this may explain things that happen later. The lady also mentioned I had to put my rucksack in a locker – not a problem its €1 and you get it back – makes sense.

We head of to the exhibitions, the place is empty it’s a Sunday, the kids have now boots so steps do echo. The spiral stair case the buildings central design piece is cool and we go up at a fair clip not a problem I think.

Entering the first exhibition area we are still, I would say trotting. Before I can stop the kids one of the ‘watchers’ comes over and says they are not allowed to run. Now run would be an exaggeration but I go fair enough, but we are now marked! We go through the exhibitions one is interactive so we listen to the piece the kids laugh as ‘the watcher’ scowls – clearly not the done thing.

We move around the floor, I am now holding both kids hands, as my paranoia is starting to rise. I think perhaps I am over thinking it but when my 10 year old daughter whispers in my ear ‘Daddy, why does that lady keep looking at us’ I realise perhaps not.

We decide to move on, go to the next floor. The place is hot though so the kids take of their coats and I carry them. Not a problem in a normal place but I am fast realising this is not normal.

Within a minute of entering this floor there is a new watcher who immediately tells me you can carry your coat and the kids will have to put them on. I am getting irritated at this point and to my embarrassment raise my voice and mention what a stupid and pointless rule and why can’t I just let my kids be. Not an option!

We trot back down, put our coats in the locker and hike back up – the place is warm. I cant resist a sarcastic ‘satisfied now’ as we walk back up. But again we are watched like potential thieves – but having been to design museums around the world I can’t really see what we would want to.

By this time my daughter is getting self-conscious and asks me to leave – by now I am with her and we leave. Her final remark as we go is ‘Daddy event the lady at the door is giving us a fake smile’.

A tip to a nearby Ice Cream parlour put us in a better mood. But I can’t help but wondering what the kids tours are like perhaps its walking single file staying a meter away from all exhibits but I will never find out.

My advice is if your kids are normal and not automatons then avoid this place, you are not missing anything and life is too short to put up with misplaced pretension.
If you want to get your children interested in design and art as my two are - go to the V&A in London, The Design Museum in London, The Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, The Guggenheim and MoMA in New York all of which have been great trips in a welcoming atmosphere.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The architecture of this museum is very interesting and worth seeing. I enjoyed the exhibits, but at the same time I found there was very little information about individual works or artists compared to other modern art museums I have visited. It also seemed fairly small, it didn't take long to go through it at all. However it did have some beautiful pieces that I'm glad I saw. One thing that struck me as odd is that there is only one bathroom, as far as I could tell, and it's outside of the exhibit area and down a flight of stairs rather than in the lobby. I've never been to a museum with this layout before.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This is a very cool but hard to find museum it is located only a few blocks from the HauptBahnhof and after walking over an hour to find it I will give the scoop. It is hidden behind buildings down a narrow alley.

So the easy way is to start at train station walk directly across like walking to OLD TOWN then make a left after 300 meters at the Burger King, then another left in 50 meters down the very narrow alley. The museum actually sits directly behind the Victoria Hotel but if you don't know that, plus don't know the narrow alley to go down leads to the museum you could walk for an hour or more like I did with local people all giving wrong directions to the museum I am telling you how to find easily. Many Nuremburg locals confuse this museum with the German Museum which is close but not the same museum and they all have no idea where this is and I speak German well enough to understand directions.

MUSEUM has a modern bent the architecture is spectacular with vast spaces over several floors.

Give it a try, you will enjoy the stroll around contemporary art.

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Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is for the serious modern art lovers. As with most modern art museums (except the MOMA in NYC which is cramped and crowded), the building itself is as interesting as the exhibits. The minimalist impact here in a white background is just stunning. In the courtyard as you enter the museum, there is a well juxtaposed display of oil colorful oil barrels. It is stunning.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

....but I did not find it as interesting as I hoped. If contemporary art is your thing, definitely go. The building itself is cold and rather odd, to my eye. A nice gift shop, no restaurant. For my money, see the art (several locations) in the German National Museum. But if you like bales of hay painted blue, for example, this will be your place.

Date of experience: May 2016
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