Munich is blessed with an abundance of wonderful museums and it can be hard to decide which museum to visit first. From grand masters to beer and Oktoberfest to one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world, Munich has your museum wants covered.
If you are here in October, don’t miss the Long Night of Museums: Munich’s art galleries, museums and cultural institutions all stay open past midnight and offer many special exhibitions, readings, concerts, and film screenings.
Here is all the info you need for the best museums in Munich.
Close to Munich's English Garden is a unique ensemble of three museums, each of them highlighting a different period in European art.
Start with the Alte Pinakothek, home to over 800 European masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. A highlight is its Ruben’s collection, one of the largest in the world.
If you want to see art from the 19th century, head next door to the Neue Pinakothek…
Address: Barer Str. 27, 80333 München
The Pinakothek der Moderne, completed in 2002, is the largest museum for modern art in Germany. The vast gallery complex unites four collections under its roof:
- State Graphic Collection with more than 400,000 prints, drawings and works on paper
- State Museum for Applied Arts
- Museum of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich, the largest specialist collection of its kind in Germany
- State Gallery of Modern Art which showcases stars such as Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, and Warhol
Address: Barer Str. 40, 80333 München
The Deutsches Museum (German Museum) is proud to be one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world.
It boasts an impressive collection of historic artifacts, from the first automobile to the laboratory bench where the atom was first split. Other highlights include exhibitions on astronomy, transportation, mining, printing, and photography.
To get the most out of the museum, time your visit with to watch the daily interactive demonstrations. If you bring the little ones, take them to “Kid’s Kingdom”, an interactive section with hundreds of kid-friendly activities.
Address: Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München
This being Munich, there is a museum dedicated to its most famous product and life blood of the city: beer.
It is set in Munich’s oldest residential home from the 14th century. The Bier and Oktoberfest Museum explores the art and culture of beer. They examine beer brewing around the world from the pharaohs in Egypt to the Bavarian monks to today’s state-of-the-art brew masters.
The upper floor of the museum is about the cultural history of Oktoberfest. There are beer tastings, tours, and the pub is a meeting point for the six major Munich breweries before Oktoberfest to sample each other's festival beers. This is also an essential stop to understand the 500-year-old Beer Purity Law.
Address: Sterneckerstraße 2, 80331 München
The Lenbachhaus Museum is dedicated to paintings by Munich artists. It is famous for its wonderful collection of Expressionist art by the group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which was founded in Munich before the First World War. The group includes artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Marc and August Macke. There is also an impressive section of New Objectivity.
Address: Luisenstraße 33, 80333 München
Bavarian National Museum
Founded by King Maximilian in 1855 and located on royal Prinzregentenstrasse, the Bayrisches Nationalmuseum is home to the cultural and historical treasures of Bavaria.
Its historical art collection features art and sculptures from the Middle Ages all the way to Art Nouveau. In the folklore collection you can see traditional Bavarian furniture, pottery, costumes, and religious folklore. Don’t miss the displays of woodcarvings where you can see century-old Nativity scenes and cribs.
Address: Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München