The backdrop for Munich’s intriguing municipal museum is an atmospheric medieval arsenal, dating from the 1490s, just steps away from the Marienplatz in the heart of the Altstadt (Old Town). It has been carefully restored to its former white-and-pink glory and houses a surprisingly enticing collection of art, arms and weapons, Art Deco furniture, photographs, musical instruments, and as befits the city that is home of Hofbraü, brewing utensils.
The undoubted highlights of the museum include the puppet theater and its bizarre assortment of puppets; some traditional and some surreal, consisting of disjointed metal heads and bodies jangling on their strings. They vie for attention with an extraordinary half-wrecked ship made of precious metals, dating from 1881 and perhaps forming the centerpiece on a banquet table. On the ground floor are the wooden, highly decorative figures of 10 dancing Moors (Moriskentanzer), around two feet high and fine examples of Gothic secular art, crafted by Erasmus Grasser in 1480. There are daily film shows at 6pm and also a fairly mundane exhibition on the rise of Nazism. Tip: the labeling is sparse and only in German; English speakers should pay the couple of euros for an audio-guide