Kunsthalle / St. Annen-Museum, Lubeck

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St. Anne's Museum Quarter (Museumsquartier St. Annen) was previously an Augustinian nunnery, St. Anne's Priory (Sankt-Annen-Kloster). Since 1915 it has housed St. Anne's Museum, one of Lübeck's museums of art and cultural history containing Germany's largest collection of medieval sculpture and altar-pieces, including the famous altars by Hans Memling (formerly at Lübeck Cathedral), Bernt Notke, Hermen Rode, Jacob van Utrecht and Benedikt Dreyer.These are exhibited on the building's first floor.is a museum and art exhibition hall located near St. Giles Church and next to the synagogue in the south-east of the city of Lübeck, Germany.On the building's second floor is exhibited a large collection of home decor items and interiors of different periods, showing how the area's citizens lived from medieval times up to the 1800s.A modern addition houses special exhibits.The museum is part of the Lübeck World Heritage site.History of the buildingSt. Anne's Priory and the associated church, which was constructed rather quickly due to lack of space, were built 1502–1515 in late Brick Gothic style. The monastery was used mainly for the accommodation of unmarried women who were citizens in Lübeck. Following the suggestion of the Bishop of Lübeck the monastery and the church were dedicated to Saint Anne. A few years later the monastery was closed during the Reformation: the last of the nuns left in 1532. In 1610 a poorhouse was established here. Later, parts of the monastery were used as a prison. For this purpose another wing was built in 1778, the so-called Spinnhaus ("spin house"). The care of the poor and the custody of prisoners existed under one roof.
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  • A must for anyone interested in arts and culture. Beautiful place, great collection of medieval church art, a wonderful place! And mostly always empty, it is the cities best kept secret!  more »
  • The ground floor has a large collection of altarpieces. So many I lost count. The first floor has collection focusing on the trade in Lübeck and has many nice and interesting imported items.  more »
  • We met the kindest ever guide in this museum
  • A beautifully calm, high quality experience. Miles too much here to do it all justice in an hour or so. We felt bad moving on so quickly. Definitely a reason to come back.
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