To call it a fantastic museum is a understatement. I know barely a smidgen more than zero about art and I found it to be a giant WOW! experience. Audio tour was excellent with the warning below.
Spent five hours there and had to walk straight through the last third. It is easily a full day outing. Room after room after room stuffed full of world class art and then I let my eyes drift upward and all the ceilings are finished just stunningly. Definitely look up!
There are three floors, the half floor, the first and the second. The stairs for the half floor and the second floor aren't really hidden, but they get lost in the grandeur of the main staircase which goes from the ground to the first floor. I didn't realize what I was missing until I only had an hour left, ergo the racing through.
The second floor display area is smaller, only housing the coin collection and what are listed as "cartoons". I figured that I could pass on "cartoons" until I saw them - they are 12 (I think) GIANT tapestries each about 15 feet by maybe 25 feet that portrayed the Hapbergs North African campaign. Looked absolutely amazing, but I was running out of time and literally just walked past them. Could have easily spent an hour just with them.
Now back to the audio headphones. Nearly everything on the first floor, mostly paintings, has English translations and many are cross-referenced to the audio tour for more, much more, detail. Very, very good. However, on the half floor, which has a huge amount of Roman and Egyptian stuff, maybe about half the stuff (purely my guessestimate) does not have English translations nor audio verbiage. It seemed to run in streaks - a couple of rooms would have nothing in English and then a room or two would have English translations. Same was true with the coin collection.
I paid 15 euros for admission and 5 euros for the audio tape. I felt it was a very fair price.
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