Merchant's House and Museum
Nuremberg's representative merchant's house from around 1600 comprises a main building, a back building and a connecting building, as well as a historic courtyard, and has an exhibition space of about 1500 square metres. Visitors are invited on a unique journey through the city's history, via 26 completely redesigned museum rooms, a new exhibition forum and the large Nuremberg multivision show Noricama.
The merchant Phillipp van Oyrl, who fled the Netherlands because of his (Protestant) faith, had the house built between 1591 and 1596. In the 17th century it was extended to become a splendid rich merchant's residence. Between 1735 and 1852, one of the most renowned print workshops for maps, the Homännische Landkartenoffizin, was housed here.
In the 19th century, Georg Christoph Franz Fembo, after whom the house was later named, bought the property which has been owned by the City of Nuremberg since 1928.
While the main building remained almost undamaged by the air raids of World War II, several other parts of the property suffered severe damage and had to be rebuilt.
Since 1953/58, the Fembohaus has been the City Museum. In its situation on Burgstraße between Main Market Square, City Hall and Imperial Castle, the house is visible from afar.
After a building period of three years, the City Museum Fembohaus opened again in 2000. The house was completely refurbished, and a new concept was devised and realised for the display of the city's history.
Time Travel Through the Centuries
Follow the history of Nuremberg from its first mention in a document in 1050 right through to the 21st century - past some important points in the city's history.
Your time travel starts on the fourth floor at the large wooden city model of the Old Town. Take the lift up to the fourth floor and experience the "Sounding City Model", a novel 12 minute production.
Then make your way through the house's 26 rooms, tracing the ups and downs and always exciting history of a major city. The end of your tour takes you back to the present day.
The Family Hall
The panelled hall on the second floor dates back to the time around 1600 and is Nuremberg's oldest surviving family hall.
The pièce de résistance of the Fembohaus is an example of the life style in Nuremberg at the beginning of the 17th century. The splendidly furnished room with its large coffered ceiling and the other rooms on the second floor were only used for functions - for family celebrations as well as receptions for guests.
The living quarters proper were located below, on the first floor. Small rooms and servants' quarters were to be found on the top floor as well as in the connecting building and in the back building.
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