The State Museum of Lower Saxony is one of the largest museums in Hanover. The versatile museum shows paintings, archeology, ethnology, natural history and a coin cabinet. The very different collections are divided into three areas: nature - people - art. The Gold disc of Moordorf is particularly worth seeing. The museum building was cunstructed in 1902 by the architect Hubert Oswald Stier, who also designed Hanover's main train station. The State Museum is located at the Maschpark, the New Town Hall and the Sprengel Museum are nearby.
The castle destroyed in World War 2 was rebuilt in 2013. The museum is located in the two wing buildings of the former summer residence of the Welfen. The exhibition explains the history of the Herrenhausen Gardens and the development from a private garden of the nobility to a garden of the citizens.
If you want to visit many museums or live in Hanover, the "Museum Card" can be a good choice. It costs 60 € (as of 2020) and is valid for 12 months for the museums:
- Historisches Museum Hannover
- Museum August Kestner
- Museum Schloss Herrenhausen
- Sprengel Museum Hannover
- Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover
- Wilhelm Busch – Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkunst
- Kestner Gesellschaft e.V.
- Kunstverein Hannover e.V.
The "Museumscard Hannover" can be purchased in the museums mentioned above, at the tourist information on Ernst August Platz and in the New Town Hall.