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Expand your knowledge by visiting some of the museums in Munich


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Alte Pinakothek

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Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek

The dukes, electoral princes, and kings of the House of Wittelsbach collected over 800 masterpieces of European art from the 14th to 18th century, which have been on display in this building erected by Leo von Klenze, since 1836. The Alte Pinakothek contains one of the world's most important international art collections with pieces by famous artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Tizian, Tintoretto, and Velasques.

Contact

Phone: 089 238 052 15
Website: www.alte-pinakothek.de


Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

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Bayrisches National Museum

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

The first building in the museum complex was built in 1859, on the orders of King Maximilian II. Until 1900, it was extended several times by Gabriel Seidl, in the historism style. The Bavarian National Museum is one of Europe's greatest art and history museums. Its diverse collections of art handicrafts and folklore is not limited to items from Bavaria. The collection of nativity scenes in the basement is one of the most beautiful and most valuable in the world. Furniture, precious tapestries, sculptures, paintings, toys, musical instruments, and other every day items give the visitor vivid insight into the past.

Contact

Phone: 089 211 24 01
Website: www.bayerisches-nationalmuseum.de


BMW-Museum

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BMW Museum

BMW-Museum

On roughly 5000 m² with 125 exhibits, the BMW Museum provides insight into the more than ninety-year-long history of the Bayerische Motorenwerke (BMW). Both the permanent exhibition and the changing exhibitions in the "Museum Bowl" present the company- and product history in an imaginative and exciting way. A visit is worthwhile, and not just for car lovers.

Contact

Website: www.bmw-welt.com/de.html


Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum

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Deutsches Jagd- u. Fischereimuseum

Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum

Since 1966, this building, constructed at the end of the 13th century by Augustinian hermits, has housed the largest museum on the history of hunting and fishing in the German-speaking world. Alongside the famous antler collection of Count Maximilian of Arco-Zinneberg, visitors can also see 500 wild animals, including cave bears, boars, and irish giant deer, as well as hunting trophies, stuffed freshwater fish, fossilized prehistoric fish, paintings on the theme of the hunt, and hunting and fishing tools from the Stone Age to the present day. For small children there is even a petting corner.

Contact

Phone: 089 220 522
Website: www.jagd-fischerei-museum.de


Deutsches Museum

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Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

At the time of its opening in 1906, the Deutsches Museum was already considered the world's largest museum of technology and science. It was rebuilt, restructured, and expanded after being partly destroyed during World War II, and again after a fire in the 1980's. It now covers 55,000m². In addition to the impressive large-size exhibits and demonstrations, visitors can try out experiments or walk through a "real" coal mine. A visit to the planetarium is also recommended.

Contact

Phone: 089 217 91
Website: www.deutsches-museum.de


Flugwerft Schleißheim des Deutschen Museums

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Flugwerft Schleißheim

Flugwerft Schleißheim des Deutschen Museums

The Flugwerft Schleißheim is a branch of the Deutsches Museum, located on the grounds of Germany's oldest airport. Over 50 aeroplanes, helicopters, hanggliders, various on-board and ground appliances, as well as part of the European rocket Ariane give visitors a glimpse into the stirring history of air travel. Visitors can also take a peek through the workshop windows to watch restoration work being carried out.

Contact

Phone: 089 315 71 40
Website: www.deutsches-museum.de/flugwerft


Haus der Kunst

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Haus der Kunst

Haus der Kunst

After the Glass Palace burnt down in 1931, Hitler commissioned the construction of the "Haus der Deutschen Kunst" (House of German Art) from Paul Ludwig Troost. The monumental building, modeled on Schinkel's museum in Berlin, was inaugurated with the first "Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung" (Great German Art Exhibition) in 1937. At the same time, a probably far more interesting exhibition of "degenerate art" was shown in the "Hofgarten" in Munich. After World War II, the building became a US officers' club and was handed back to the Bavarian government in 1948. Under the direction of P. A. Ade, the Haus der Kunst became one of the most famous galleries for modern and contemporary art. It now houses the degenerate art, which it was originally built to counteract.

Contact

Phone: 089 211 271 13
Website: www.hausderkunst.de


Karl Valentin Musäum

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Karl Valentin Museum

Karl Valentin Musäum

In 1959, Hannes König opened this collection of oddities in the towers of the Isartor (city gate), in honor of one of Munich's most famous sons: the folk singer and comedian Karl Valentin (1882 - 1948). Visitors will find pictures and texts, as well as items from the life of Valentin and his partner Liesl Karlstadt, such as the nail on which he hung his carreer as carpenter, or a lying stand-up collar. A paradise for Valentin-fans and anyone with a love of nonsense. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments in the cozy atmosphere of the Folk Singer Café.

Contact

Phone: 089 223 266
Website: www.valentin-musaeum.de/


Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung

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Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung

Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung

The Hypo-Kunsthalle (Exhibition Hall), founded by the Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Foundation for Culture), has been one of Munich's most important cultural institutions since fall of 1983. The exhibitions range from prehistoric times to the present day. Since 1986, the foundation has awarded an annual prize of € 75,000 for the upkeep of historical monuments. It also organizes piano concerts, enabling talented young musicians to get international notice.

Contact

Phone: 089 224 412
Website: www.hypo-kunsthalle.de


Münchner Stadtmuseum

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Stadtmuseum

Münchner Stadtmuseum

This late Gothic building, originally an armory, houses several diverse cultural history collections, including an impressive amount of items pertaining to the cultural history of Munich. It also houses international exhibits and various special exhibitions, some with demonstrations, all under one roof. It includes exhibitions showing Munich's cityscape through the ages, as well as the German Brewery Museum, the Photography Museum, the Puppet Theater Museum, and the Musical Instruments Museum with almost 2,000 exhibits from all over the world and a comprehensive collection of Far Eastern gongs. Occasionally, there are also concerts and presentations. The associated Film Museum shows historical films and important works from all over the world in the original version, often in the presence of special guests and lecturers. The Stadtcafé on the ground floor is also worth a visit, especially on sunny days when tables are set up in the picturesque inner courtyard.

Contact

Phone: 089 233 223 70
Website: www.stadtmuseum-online.de


Museum Brandhorst

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Museum Brandhorst

Museum Brandhorst

In 2009, Munich's "Kunstareal" (art district) in Maxvorstadt got a new addition. On roughly 3200 m² of exhibition space, the Brandhorst Museum houses over 700 works of art from the collection of Anette and Udo Brandhorst. The married couple started collecting modern and contemporary art in the 1970's, paying special attention to artists that influenced art after 1945. But the museum not only impresses with its exhibits, the building itself is also well worth seeing. 36,000 multicolored ceramic bars create different visual impressions, depending on the perspective, and give the museum its unique appearance. The adjoining café "Gaeta" can be visited without an admission ticket for the museum.

Contact

Phone: 089 238 052 286
Website: www.museum-brandhorst.de/


Museum der Phantasie

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Museum der Phantasie

Museum der Phantasie

Günther Behnisch's multi-sectioned, multifaceted museum building is located in Höhenrieder Park on the shores of Lake Starnberg. The museum's architecture mirrors the diversity of the collections, which were gathered over a 30 year period, by the artist Lothar-Günther Buchheim. In addition to many Expressionist works, one can find a folkloristic and ethnological collection with religious and everyday items from Asia and Africa, autodidactic works, and handicrafts from all over the world. There are also special exhibitions and various events, such as concerts, readings, plays or films, and art workshops for adults and children.

Contact

Phone: 081 589 970 60
Website: www.buchheimmuseum.de


Museum Mensch und Natur

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Museum Mensch und Natur

Museum Mensch und Natur

In 1990, the Bavarian Natural History Collection opened the natural history museum "Human and Nature" in the north wing of Nymphenburg Palace. Visitors are taken on an exciting journey through the history of the earth and humanity. The development of planet earth and living organisms, the diversity of lifeforms, human biology, and man's relationship with his enviroment are taught in a lively, entertaining way. Dioramas, models, replicas, interactive exhibits, and impressive natural objects make even drier subjects exciting, especially for children.

Contact

Phone: 089 179 58 90
Website: www.musmn.de


Neue Pinakothek

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Neue Pinakothek

Neue Pinakothek

Having discovered his passion for modern art, King Ludwig I collected more than 400 paintings, mostly from the Munich School (Münchner Schule), until his death in 1868. After 1909, Hugo von Tschudis completed the collection with international pieces. Paintings by the "Blauer Reiter" (the Blue Rider) group, "Brücke" (the Bridge), and surrealist artists, as well as paintings by Cézanne, Picasso, and Van Gogh can also be seen here.

Contact

Phone: 089 238 051 95
Website: www.pinakothek.de


Pinakothek der Moderne

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Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne

The Pinakothek of Modern Art is located on the grounds of the old Türkenkaserne. The new building fits into Munich's unique museum district, alongside the Alte and Neue Pinakothek across the road, the Lenbachhaus, the Glyptothek, and the Antikensammlung. The impressive, open architecture puts the works on display in a way that emphasizes both their individuality and their relationship to each other. The museum shows the development of the fine arts in the 20th and 21st century and is a center of modern art of international standard. The exhibition space is divided into four sections: art, graphic art, design, and architecture. Visitors are presented with a unique overview of modern art, in all its variety, of the highest level. Refreshments are available in the Museum's Café-Bar 48|8.

Contact

Phone: 089 238 053 60
Website: www.pinakothek.de


Prähistorische/Archäologische Staatssammlung

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Archäologische Staatssammlung

Prähistorische/Archäologische Staatssammlung

The State Archaeological Collection, founded in 1885, gives an insight into prehistoric and protohistoric Bavaria. Artistically prepared items of daily use, sacrificial offerings, burial gifts, and finds from early settlements in Bavaria, from the early Stone Age through the early Middle Ages, are exhibited alongside finds from the Mediterranean and the Orient to show bilateral influences and parallels. Special exhibits also cover historical themes up to modern times.

Contact

Phone: 089 211 24 02
Website: www.archaeologie-bayern.de


Sammlung Schack

Sammlung Schack

The still unaltered art collection of the German man of letters Count Adolf Friedrich von Schack of Schwerin (1815 - 1894) gives intimate insight into the artistic preferences of a private collector in the 19th century. Works by Spitzweg, Schwind, Böcklin, and Feuerbach with picturesque scenes and magical landscapes where fauns and elves mingle, transport the visitors to the fabulous world of romanticism.

Contact

Phone: 089 238 052 24
Website: www.pinakothek.de/besuch/sammlung-schack


Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde

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Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde

Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde

In this building, built in 1860 as the Bavarian National Museum, visitors can explore all the continents of the earth. The oldest pieces belonged to the enthnographical collection of the Wittelsbach family. Explorers and travellers added further pieces and collections. Burial objects, clothes, masks, and religious artifacts from America, Africa, India, Japan, and China are all to be see here, as well as exhibitions of artifacts from Australia, Oceania, Tibet, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.

Contact

Phone: 089 210 136 100
Website: www.voelkerkundemuseum-muenchen.de


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau

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Lenbachhaus

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau

This "Tuscan" villa was built in the 19th century for Munich's great artist Franz von Lenbach. Several private rooms have been restored to provide insight into life during the Wilhelmine era. The museum houses Lenbach's unique collection of works by the "Blauer Reiter" group: there are over 60 paintings just by Kandinsky, but Klee, Marc, Macke, and Münther are also represented. There are also paintings of the Munich School of the 18th and 19th centuries, Art Nouveau, and New Objectivity styles. In 1994 the Kunstbau, designed by Uwe Kiessler, was opened to extend the exhibition area below Königsplatz. The original rooms are now used for temporary exhibitions, especially of modern and contemporary artists.

Contact

Phone: 089 233 320 00
Website: www.lenbachhaus.de


Villa Stuck

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Villa Stuck

Villa Stuck

The Museum Villa Stuck was opened in 1992, by the city of Munich. It houses the historic studio and living quarters of the famous Munich artist Franz von Stuck (1863-1928), as well as a significant collection of his works. Additional space was set aside for International exhibitions of art from around 1900, as well as of modern and contemporary art. The Villa Stuck itself is a work of art, combining life, architecture and art.

Contact

Phone: 089 45 55 51-0
Website: www.villastuck.de