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In 2009, the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts granted the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection permission for a complete refurbishment of the building on Lerchenfeldstraße, which first opened in 1974. After years of extensive planning and construction and a long closure from 2016, the works were completed in 2024: The Bavarian State Archaeological Collection shines in new splendour.

In addition to the energy-efficient refurbishment, the building, which is based on the original design by the renowned architectural firm of Werz, Ottow, Bachmann and Marx, was extended to include an almost 600 m² underground special exhibition hall, which is unique in Munich. The internationally acclaimed architecture firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was entrusted with the extension. The garden and playground of the neighbouring day-care centre were created on the roof area of the new underground building. The remaining cube roofs were also planted with greenery to provide additional shelter for insects from the neighbouring English Garden. The main entrance to the museum was accentuated by a new building cube, while the striking Corten steel on the façade was retained.

As part of the general refurbishment, ATELIER BRÜCKNER redesigned the entire interior of the museum. Instead of a chronological sequence of rooms, the permanent galleries now focus on key points of archaeology which are related to particular key themes of human existence.

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