The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the largest and most important museums of art in Germany. It is one of a few museums whose permanent collection takes visitors through seven centuries of art history, from the medieval altars through to the stars of the contemporary art scene. Among the highlights of the collection are Dutch paintings of the 17th century, German painting of the Romantic period and classical modernist art. The collection of contemporary art features major bodies of work by german and international artists. The Hamburger Kunsthalle has won international acclaim for the quality of its special exhibitions, which attract thousands of visitors to the city every year. The Hamburger Kunsthalle works according its mission: to be a visitor-oriented research museum that operates on an international level.