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Bavaria’s Distinctiveness

How Bavaria became a Free State and what makes it so distinctive – the museum in Regensburg is about this. Using personal items and numerous media and interactive stations, the exhibition focuses on individuals and recounts the history of Bavaria in nine generations from 1800 down to the present.

A spectacular media show in the foyer recounts “Bavarian” history from 100 to 1800 in five humorous episodes, linking them with major historical sites in Regensburg. They serve as the foundation of the permanent exhibition, which examines the emergence of modern Bavaria on the upper floor.


The Minister-President of Bavaria’s 2008 government policy statement opened the museum’s history, with a vision of creating a people’s museum that presents the state’s recent history (of democracy).


Bavaria has always been closely associated with theater and drama. That is why we have incorporated the theatrical as a design principle: The formative events of the nine generations are recounted in large images on some thirty stages with exhibited objects. Bavarian clichés are included and challenged there, often self-ironically.

Cultural Showcases

Along with the chronological exhibition, eight cultural showcases present distinctive cultural features associated with Bavaria, from language to religion to nature as well as a few surprises. The cultural showcases are designed to be interactive.


We concentrate entirely on do-it-yourself with and in the Bavariathek. The Bavariathek will be an online portal and a virtual extension of the museum but also have real rooms in the building adjacent to the museum, with a multi-media educational center in fact.

School groups as well as any groups interested in history will be able to research the widest range of topics of recent Bavarian history critically there and use their findings to create their own media products, be these a virtual exhibition, an app or a film. All of the products can enter into media stations, tablet tours or the museum’s online content.