The Pinakothek Museums in Munich

The Pinakthek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Dave Morris

Munich is home to many things to do, including world-class museums. They cover every topic dear to Muncher's heart from art to beer.

Three of the best museums in the city are this unique ensemble of Pinakothek Museums. There are three museums, each of them highlighting a different period in art.

  • Alte Pinakothek - Fourteenth to the eighteenth century
  • Neue Pinakothek - Eighteenth to the nineteenth century
  • Pinakothek der Moderne -

All three museums are in walking distance to each other and are part of the Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen (Bavarian State Picture Collection) along with the Schackgalerie and Museum Brandhorst in Munich, as well as museums from Ansbach to Würzburg.

These museums are a must-see in the city. Here is all the info you need to plan your visit to Munich's Pinakothek Museums.

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Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek
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First, there is the Alte Pinakothek (Old Pinacotheca). Its opening was orchestrated by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and it opened in 1836. This makes it one of the oldest art galleries in Germany and it was once the largest museum in the world.

The Alte Pinakothek's architecture has been influenced the architecture of museums and galleries all over Europe with near replicas from Saint Petersburg to Brussels. Its grand galleries are lit by large skylights and it features over 800 European masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo. Its most important collections include Early Italian, Old German, Old Dutch and Flemish paintings, with masterworks by Albrecht Duerer, Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci.

Visitor’s Information for Alte Pinakothek

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm (closed on Monday)
  • Admission: 7 Euro (5 Euro reduced); on Sunday 1 Euro; Day Ticket for all three Pinakotheken 12 Euro. NOTE: Admission is currently reduced to 4 Euro to improve energy efficiency
  • Address: Barer Straße 27 (entrance Theresienstraße), 80333 München
  • Getting there: Subway U2: stop Königsplatz or Theresienstraße, U3 and U6: stop Odeonsplatz or Universität, U4 and U5: stop Odeonsplatz
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Neue Pinakothek

Neue Pinakothek
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The Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek) features more recent artworks from the 19th century. It was also founded by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1853 and more recently re-built in 1981.

There are about 400 paintings and sculptures which highlight German works from romanticist Caspar David Friedrich as well as the private art collection of King Ludwig I. There is also a fantastic collection of French impressionists including Monet, Degas, and Renoir.

Visitor’s Information for Neue Pinakothek:

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm (closed on Tuesday)
  • Admission: 7 Euro (5 Euro reduced); on Sunday 1 Euro; Day Ticket for all three Pinakotheken 12 Euro
  • Address: Barer Straße 29 (entrance Theresienstraße), 80333 München
  • Getting there: Subway U2: stop Königsplatz or Theresienstraße, U3 and U6: stop Odeonsplatz or Universität, U4 and U5: stop Odeonsplatz
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Pinakothek der Moderne

The Pinakthek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Dave Morris

The Pinakothek der Moderne, completed in 2002, is the largest museum for modern art in Germany, and one of the world's largest museums for contemporary art. Locals often refer to this museum as the Dritte ("third") Pinakothek after the Old and New Pinakothek.

The vast gallery complex unites four collections under its roof:

  • The State Graphic Collection with more than 400,000 prints, drawings and works on paper
  • International design Museum Munich
  • Museum of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich which is 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

The works are housed in the impressive $120 million, 22,000-square-mete structure designed by Stephan Braunfels. Its ultra-sleek facilities include computer-controlled lamps which showcase the space and avoid pesky shadows. The collections are divided into art (Kunst), architecture (Architektur), design (Design) and Works on Paper (Graphik).

Visitor’s Information Pinakothek der Moderne:

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm (closed on Monday)
  • Admission: 10 Euro (7 Euro reduced); on Sunday 1 Euro; Day Ticket for all three Pinakotheken 12 Euro
  • Address: Barer Straße 40 (entrance Theresienstraße), 80333 München
  • Getting there: Subway U2: stop Königsplatz or Theresienstraße, U3 and U6: stop Odeonsplatz or Universität, U4 and U5: stop Odeonsplatz
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