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Collection

The Museum of Art and Cultural History Schloss Gottorf owns some 120,000 exhibits, of which selected works of art and items are presented on in excess of 15,000 square metres’ exhibition area.

The museum’s collection is marked by its diversity, including genuine treasures. We would like to draw attention to the faience inventory, which belongs to the most significant in North Europe. In the area of paintings, in particular Lucas Cranach senior’s and his workshop’s paintings must be mentioned.

Last but not least, the Horn Foundation’s collection, which concentrates on German 20th century art and focuses on expressionism, excels. Art lovers from all over Germany and Scandinavia travel to Schloss Gottorf to see works by Emil Nolde, Ernst Barlach or Christian Rohlfs or by “Bridge” artists Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann.

The museum highlights also include the castle itself, its rooms today are used to present a large amount of the permanent exhibition. In particular, we must highlight the Gottorf Globe, built in the 17th century and reconstructed in 2004. It is known as the first planetarium ever and still fascinates visitors today - equally the reconstructed Baroque garden which encloses the Globe.

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