The Alte Pinakothek in Munich

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One of the most important museums in Europe for paintings from the 14th to the 18th century. Works of art from later periods are in the Museum Neue Pinakothek opposite. Commissioned by King Ludwig I, the museum was built around 1830. The Wittelsbach ruler wanted to make the art, which until then had been displayed in castles inaccessible to the people, accessible to the public. In the old Pinakothek, almost 1,000 paintings by famous artists are on display. Among them are famous works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Dürer.

Building of the Alte Pinakothek

Opening hours 2024 Alte Pinakothek

The Alte Pinakothek has the following opening hours: daily 10am – 6pm with exceptions: Monday closed, Tuesday 10 – 20:30, Wednesday 10 – 20:30. The museum is also not open on most public holidays, but on Boxing Day for example it is already open (status 2020).

Entrance fees Alte Pinakothek (in 2024)

The following admission prices apply to the Neue Pinakothek: Adults 8,80 euros, concessions 6,60 euros. It’s great that on Sundays you only pay 1 Euro entrance fee to the Alte Pinakothek! Children under 18 years never pay admission. The reductions apply for example to pupils, students and seniors over 65 years of age. All in all, the entrance fees to the Alte Pinakothek are very reasonable! There is also a day ticket for several museums in the area (the Alte Pinkothek, Neue Pinokothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Sammlung Schalk and Museum Brandhorst) for 12 Euros. If you buy such a ticket for several museums, you should bring a lot of time with you. The exhibitions are all very large.

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Directions to the Alte Pinakothek

No direct subway or suburban train, but very central, about 1 km north of the main station. A little closer are the stops Königsplatz or Theresienstraße (both U2). There are only a few parking spaces in the area.  From the main station take the frequent bus line 100 in direction Ostbahnhof. From the city center you can take tram (Straßenbahn) 27 to the Alte Pinakothek.

By the way, the word Pinakothek comes from the ancient Greek and means freely translated picture room.

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