Top 10 Museums in Munich

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Attention art & culture enthusiasts: Munich is a city with many museums worth seeing

Are you planning a cultural trip? Then Munich is the perfect city for you. The Bavarian capital awaits you with more than 70 museums and galleries. Here are our top 10:

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The Munich Pinakothek Museums

The most famous art museums in Munich are the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne. The Alte Pinakothek houses works of art from the Middle Ages and subsequent periods up to the 18th century, including works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Da Vinci. Art from the 19th and 20th centuries can be seen in the Neue Pinakothek, namely by artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh and Monet. The Pinakothek der Moderne shows contemporary art, including works by Dalí and Picasso.

The Deutsches Museum

The largest technology museum in the world in terms of surface area offers an amazing variety of topics, from agricultural technology to timekeeping. Visitors get to marvel at numerous exhibits from the past two centuries, and there is even a separate mining facility that runs deep beneath the museum. The transport centre, which guides young and old through the history of transport, is not part of the main grounds but is nevertheless part of the museum foundation. All in all, hardly any technical achievement is left out since the industrialization.

The Lenbachhaus

Not only is the building of Franz von Lenbach’s city villa a real eye catcher. The urban gallery now known as Lenbachhaus also houses the biggest collection of artworks from the Blauer Reiter desgination. Here you can find Wassily Kadinsky’s Improvisation Gorge, Franz Marc’s Blaues Pferd I and August Macke’s Zoologischer Garten I, among others.

Museum Brandhorst

This colourful art building in Theresienstrasse, in the middle of Munich’s Kunstareal, presents 700 works by contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst on an exhibition area of 3,200 square metres. In addition to the collection of Anette and Udo Brandhorst, changing exhibitions are presented in the modern museum building.

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace houses several museums in one, like the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Man and Nature. Of course, the palace itself is worth a visit: The halls and chambers of the magnificent building are decorated with masterful paintings by renowned artists. When the weather is nice, it is worth taking a walk through the extensive park, past impressive fountains and seasonal garden art.

Bavarian National Museum

The 13,000 m² Bavarian National Museum offers a comprehensive look at European art history. In addition to paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, visitors can admire ivory, weapons and armour, instruments, pieces of furniture and ceramics and many other artefacts from five centuries. The nativity scene and game collections are among the highlights.

Haus der Kunst

This large international museum in Prinzregentenstraße organizes around eight exhibitions each year, without having any collections of its own. The gallery is considered one of the international centres for contemporary art. The themes of the exhibitions are diverse and range from artworks of individual artists to group collections in the context of social phenomena.

The State Museum of Egyptian Art

Egypt is one of the oldest civilisations in the history of mankind and so the Museum of Egyptian Art in Gabelsberger Straße draws from a rich fund of exhibits. The collection is divided into the various epochs of the Egyptian Empire, but also includes pieces from the Assyrians and Babylonians, as well as Nubian and Coptic art.

The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

Everyone knows that Munich is a beer city and the site of the legendary Oktoberfest. So a museum that illuminates the history of the brew and of folk festival culture is a must. The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum between Isartor and Marienplatz illustrates how the Bavarian Beer Purity Law came into being, who invented beer, and why Oktoberfest is celebrated at all.

BMW Museum

The car manufacturer BMW is a Munich flagship and the facade of the company’s own museum is a city landmark. Inside the museum, you will find more than 150 different models produced by Bayerische Motorenwerke AG during its 100-year history. Classic cars, racing cars, prototypes and interesting information await you. In addition, you can catch a glimpse of the future in the BMW World.