Visiting the Museums and Monuments of Munich
Art, archaeology, history; Munich has some excellent museums. Find out how to make the most of them using discount tickets and vouchers...
There are over 200 museums and galleries in Munich, ranging from the Pinakotheks to a great number of independent art galleries and private collections, around the city's residential areas.
Many museums in Munich are closed on Mondays.
Discounts and Special Events
Many museums offer discounts for students, groups (when booked in advance), pensioners and the unemployed (on presenting the correct documentation). There are also regular special museum openings and discounts.
Holders of a CityTourCard transport card (available from the MVV public transport system) can obtain a discount at participating museums and attractions in Munich.
Museums in Munich
This Bayerisches Nationalmuseum is a cultural history museum created by King Maximillian II of Bavaria in 1855 to house his large collection of European antiquities and artwork. The collection includes pieces from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque styles, and Art Nouveau. It includes textiles, jewellery, ivory, glass, weapons and clocks. The royal art collection of the Wittelsbach dynasty makes up the heart of the collection.
Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum
The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum takes visitors through the history of beer and Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest. Beer tastings and food are available. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays, though the restaurant is open Monday to Saturday.
A large museum covering 5,000 square metres, the BMW Museum follows themes through the history of the production of BMW cars and motorcycles. There are permanent as well as temporary exhibitions, and there is a Junior Museum specifically for children. Group tours are available in English. The museum is closed on Mondays and on some holidays.
- BMW Museum
At: Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich
Tel: 089 125 016 001
A science and technology museum covering over 50,000 square metres, the Deutsches Museum has exhibits on aeronautics, biology, computers, metals, musical instruments, physics, printing, space travel, textiles and many other subjects. There is also a planetarium. The museum is open all year and can provide English-language tours for groups with prior booking (six weeks’ notice is required). Discount tickets are available for families. The museum is open every day, except for some holidays.
- Deutsches Museum
At: Museumsinsel 1, 80538 Munich
Tel: 089 21791 / 089 217 9433 (recorded info line)
The Alte Pinakothek collection consists of European paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries including works by Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Bruegel and Rubens. The collection includes many works by painters from the Flemish and Dutch schools. Audio guides in English are available.
The Alte Pinakothek is closed on Mondays.
- Alte Pinakothek
At: Barer Straße 27, 80333 Munich
Tel: 089 2380 5216
The Neue Pinakothek is an art museum with an impressive collection of 18th-20th century European art. A highlight of the collection is the 19th century German art collection, including works by Caspar David Friedrich and Adolph von Menzel. The museum is open all year. Discounted passes are available that include entrance to the Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Alte Pinakothek, the Museum Brandhorst and the Sammlung Schack. Audio guides in English are available.
- Neue Pinakothek
At: Barer Straße 29, Eingang Theresienstraße, 80799 Munich
Tel: 089 2380 5195
Pinakothek der Moderne
The Pinakothek der Moderne houses four museums:
- Sammlung Moderne Kunst - a modern art museum
- Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München - a drawing and print museum
- Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München - architecture museum
- Die Neue Sammlung International Design Museum - an industrial and graphic design museum
All four museums of the Pinakothek are closed on Mondays.
- Pinakothek der Moderne
At: Barer Straße 29, 80333 Munich
Tel: 089 2380 5360
Across from the Staatliche Antikensammlungen lies the Glyptothek, which contains the German state collection of Greek and Roman sculpture. The famous Barberini Faun is housed at this museum. The museum is closed on Mondays.
The State Collection of Antiquities houses the German antiquities collection which contains Etruscan, Greek and Roman small art, jewellery, vases and other artefacts.
The Museums Portal München has a searchable database of non-governmental museums that can be searched by various categories, including museums that are open on Mondays and museums open in the evenings.
Monuments and Other Major Attractions in Munich
The Hofbrauhaus, founded in 1589, is one of the oldest beer halls in Munich and is one of the most popular attractions in Munich. After nearly being destroyed in World War II, today it still remains a beer hall that features beer, food, music and dancing. The Hofbräuhaus is of historical importance as it served as a meeting place for a young Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party in the 1920s.
At: Am Platzl 9, 80331 Munich
Tel: 089 2901 3610
The New Town Hall is one of the most noticeable buildings on the Munich skyline. Built in the late 19th and early 20th century, the Gothic-style facade has a stunning tower with a whimsical carillon that features dancing figures playing out scenes from Munich's history. The carillon can be seen in motion from November through February at 11:00 and 12:00; and from March through October at 11:00, 12:00 and 17:00. The carillon does not operate on Good Friday.
- Neues Rasthaus
At: Marienplatz 8, 80331 Munich
Tel: 089 233 00