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Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)

Rembrandt, Jacobs Segen; © mhk

The collection contains more than 1,200 paintings, about 450 are presented for visitors, and features European paintings of the Late Gothic, Renaissance, the Baroque and Classic with a special focus on Dutch and Flemish painting of the 17th century.

The Old Masters Picture Gallery originated in 1509 when Anna of Mecklenburg, the widow of Landgrave Wilhelm II, commissioned Lucas Cranach the Elder with a small winged alter in memory of her deceased husband.

Albrecht Dürer picture of Elisabeth Tucher; © mhk

The period of most intense collecting dated from 1748 to 1756 when Landgrave Wilhelm VIII had his diplomats and art agents purchase approximately 800 paintings in Holland, Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Venice and in Germany.

From 1749 to 51, a gallery for the collection was built behind the Landgrave’s palace between the Auehang and the Frankfurter Straße. In 1877, the paintings were relocated to the newly built structure, today’s New Gallery, on the Schöne Aussicht, where they remained until the outbreak of the Second World War. Most paintings were kept in storage in the Reichsbahnbunker (bunker) from 1939 to 1945. Since 1976, they have been shown on levels 1 to 3 of Palace Wilhelmshöhe.

Opening hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Closed on 1. May and on 24./25./31. December.

Entrance fee

Adults: 6,00 €
Reduced: 4,00 €
Free entrance: children up to 18 years of age
Group ticket: from 10 people on 25% reduced


Institution: Museum Palace Wilhelmshöhe
Phone: +49 561 316800
Fax: +49 561 31680111
E-Mail: info@museum-kassel.de
E-Mail: besucherdienst@museum-kassel.de
Address: Schlosspark 1
34131 Kassel
Public transport: Timetable
City map: Location in city map
Internet: www.museum-kassel.de
Veröffentlicht am:   28. 01. 2016  


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