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On the “Alter Garten” square, opposite the Palace and the State Theatre is the biggest art museum in Mecklenburg. Originally intended as the new palais for Paul Friedrich in 1837, the building was long left unfinished after the death of the grand duke. Forty years later the vision of the architect Demmler was completed when Willebrand turned the neglected building into the home of the ducal art and curiosity collection. The tall columns and monumental stone steps resemble classic antique buildings.
Today the State Museum houses one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Dutch paintings by Brueghel, Rembrandt, Rubens, Hals, Fabritius and Miers, paintings and sculptures from the 18th to 20th century by Gainsborough, Caspar David Friedrich and Corinth, a collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, the Ernst-Barlach-foundation Bölkow, contemporary art by Cage, Polke or Glöckner and varying special exhibitions. Inside the museum you can also stop by the café “KunstPause”. Our events calendar contains more information on all current exhibitions.