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Bavarian State Exhibition 2015 "Napoleon and Bavaria"

Untertitel: Ingolstadt Neues Schloss, Bavarian Army Museum
Erscheinungsdatum: 12.01.2015

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In 2015 the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, the Bavarian Army Museum and the City of Ingolstadt will be jointly presenting the Bavarian State Exhibition "Napoleon and Bavaria". It will be held in the former fortress of Ingolstadt – once razed to the ground by Napoleon before being rebuilt by Bavarian King Louis I., and today the home of the Bavarian Army Museum.

 

The year 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, his final abdication and his exile to St. Helena. This heralded the end of more than 20 years of war in Europe, after which the main powers negotiated for peace at the Congress of Vienna. During this time of war, Bavaria was initially on the side of Napoleon's enemies; it then became his ally, and rejoined the winning side only just in time. Its future was at stake on several occasions, and the fact that Bavarians today still view the epoch with mixed feelings comes as no surprise.

 

So what better occasion than a 200th anniversary to tell the story of "Napoleon and Bavaria" from a Bavarian point of view? On the one hand, the alliance with Napoleon brought fame, glory and the modern age. He gave Bavaria a king, together with its first liberal and progressive constitution, and increased the size of its territory. On the other hand, the constant military campaigns brought death and destruction to Bavaria, and many of its soldiers were killed in foreign wars. People today still remember that 30,000 Bavarian soldiers died in Russia in 1812.

 

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to experience this exciting and fascinating quarter century of Bavarian history. It will feature a total of 350 original exhibits – some highly valuable, some inconspicuous, some majestic and some deeply moving – from the Bavarian Army Museum as well as Austrian, Russian and French museums and also private collections. Media presentations and interactive elements will tell the story of the far-reaching political decisions of that epoch and the effect they had on the people who shaped it, experienced it and, more often than not, suffered as a result of it: the politicians, soldiers, and simple men and women of the time. Today's Bavaria still bears numerous traces of the Napoleonic era.

 

After almost 25 years of war, Bavaria was bled dry and bankrupt – but Napoleon also turned it into a kingdom and a modern state.

 

 

 

Bavarian State Exhibition 2015 "Napoleon and Bavaria"

Ingolstadt Neues Schloss, Bavarian Army Museum

Paradeplatz 4, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany

April 29 to October 31, 2015

Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

 

Organisers:

Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, Bavarian Army Museum and the City of Ingolstadt

 

Admission:

Adults 9.00 €
Reductions (e.g. senior citizens, students, groups larger than 15) 7.00 €
Children and young people aged 6–18 1.50 €
Pupils in school classes  1.00 €
 

 

Guided tours for groups
Up to 15 people 45.00 € plus admission
Over 15 people 3.00 € per person plus admission

 

 

Information:

www.hdbg.de

poststelle@hdbg.bayern.de

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