In addition to the world-famous Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory, which celebrated its 250-years jubilee in 1997, Munich also houses other high-class collections of the "white gold".

The porcelain collections in the Residence Museum, in the Marstallmuseum of Nymphenburg Palace, in the Lustheim Palace and in the Bavarian National Museum include fascinating products of the European and Asiatic porcelain art.

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Maximilian III Joseph, the last prince-elector of the old Bavarian line of the House of Wittelsbach, established the first Bavarian Porcelain Factory in 1747.

It was then housed in Neudeck Castle in the Munich suburb of Au and in 1761 was moved to a building specially built for the purpose in the northern section of the crescent in front of Nymphenburg Palace.

It is housed in the northern section of the crescent in front of the palace and is usually not available to the public.

All the same the manufacture offers every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

(Meissen procelain is often referred to as Dresden porcelain in English-speaking countries.) The collection contains the most precious Meissen dinner services, animal figures and table centre-pieces, from Böttger's first experiments up to the Seven Years' War.

The paintings on porcelain by Johann Gregorius Höroldt and animal figures by Johann Joachim Kändler are famous.The historical three-storey round kiln is still in working order.The factory is owned by the Bavarian State and is today run by the family foundation, the Wittelsbach Equalisation Fund (Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfond).The special colours are produced in the factory itself according to old recipes.The technique of manufacturing porcelain at Nymphenburg calls for a very great measure of craftsmanship and artistic skills, which is entirely rooted in tradition.The porcelain of the 19th century – dinner services and porcelain pictures – were made in the magnificent factories of Nymphenburg, Berlin and Paris.