Staatliches Museum Schwerin / Ludwigslust / Güstrow
Art Collections, Castles and Gardens
The Staatliches Museum Schwerin / Ludwigslust / Güstrow comprise the art collections in Schwerin and the former ducal residences of the Mecklenburg dynasty in Schwerin, Güstrow and Ludwigslust.
The Gallery of Old & New Masters, situated directly beside Lake Schwerin, is known for its fine collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, sculptures created by Ernst Barlach and donated by the married couple Bölkow (Ernst Barlach Stiftung Bölkow), as well as the Schwerin collection Marcel Duchamp. Temporary special exhibitions of classic and contemporary art complement the permanent exhibitions that the museum has to offer.
The most important castle of Romantic Historicism, Schloss Schwerin, enchants visitors with its location on an island and its unique architecture. Paintings, furnishings and craftwork from the 19th century are displayed in the State Rooms of the Beletage (second storey) and the Festetage (third storey). Precious porcelain objects from Meissen and Berlin adorn the former ducal nursery.
Schloss Güstrow is an outstanding example of European residential architecture and takes you on a journey through art from the Middle Ages to the modern day. The Renaissance Garden, which was reconstructed in accordance with historical engravings, promises invigorating refreshment between fragrant lavender beds and the moats.
Schloss Ludwigslust is the central point of a Baroque town layout of Ludwigslust and has one of the most beautiful parks created by master landscape gardener Peter Joseph Lenné. The extensive collections include courtly art and the sophisticated home decor of the 18th and early 19th centuries: paintings, furniture, miniatures and decorations made from gilded papier-mâché.