At the Sprengel Museum Hannover, directly alongside Maschsee Lake, you will find great names such as Picasso, Nolde or Klee. But Hannover also boasts other galleries of contemporary art that are well known far beyond the boundaries of the region: among them are the kestnergesellschaft, the Kunstverein and the Ahlers Pro Arte / Kestner Pro Arte Foundation. The State Museum (Landesmuseum) with its departments of Prehistory, Natural History and Ethnology, the State Art Gallery and the Vivarium, is a museum for the whole family. At the Museum August Kestner, the art of Ancient Egypt and other ancient civilisations stands alongside applied art and design, a coin collection and an enormous library.
Wilhelm Busch · The German Museum of Caricature and Graphic Art possesses a unique collection of satirical art from four centuries that will put a twinkle in the eyes of the whole family; it is home to Max and Moritz and all the other famous creations from the pen of Wilhelm Busch.
Herrenhausen Palace Museum opened in 2013 as a branch of the Museum of History. Organised by the state capital of Hannover and sponsored by the state of Lower Saxony, it presents changing exhibitions in the restored summer residence of the Guelph dynasty.
In the “Klosterstollen”, a preserved coal mine in Barsinghausen, visitors can don helmet and overalls and set out on the trail of the “black gold”. Laatzen Museum of Aviation is a place for those who are fascinated by the history of technology, a place where they can allow their imaginations to soar; as is also the case at the “World of Aviation” experience exhibition at Hannover Airport. And there is plenty of historical rail engineering to gape at at the Tramway Museum in Wehmingen, near Sehnde, where some of the veteran trams are even in operation.