Important museums in Munich

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Munich is the most important museum city in Germany next to Berlin. There are many large world-famous museums such as the Deutsches Museum or the Pinakothek der Moderne. In addition, Munich also has many small and interesting museums, which are somewhat lost in the shadow of the museums of the world. I have tried to make a list of all important museums in Munich. The information also includes opening hours and entrance fees.

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Art museums in Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne

The Pinakothek der Moderne has only existed since 2002 and is the new superstar among Munich’s museums. For further information see here: Pinakothek Moderne

New Pinacotheca

Large museum of art from the period between 1700 and 1900 not far from the other two Pinakotheken. Click here for more information

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All 3 lines depart directly opposite Munich main station

Day excursion from Munich
to Castle Neuschwanstein

There are great day tours by bus to the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich. The best tour also stops at other famous places in the area like Linderhof.

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Old Pinacotheca

One of the most important art museums in the world for art from the period between 1300 and 1700. information: Alte Pinakothek Munich


A Glyptothek is a museum for sculptures (stone figures) from the Greek and Roman times. One of the few museums of this kind worldwide is in Munich. More here: Glyptothek in Munich

Munich city tour on the subject of the Third Reich

From our point of view a well done and interesting city tour: Munich was the beginning of the Nazis, Adolf Hitler lived in the city for many years. Munich is known for the resistance of the White Rose group. At the end of the war the city lay in ruins. Start of the tour at Marienplatz, guided tour on foot, duration about 2.5 hours.

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Gallery Lenbachhaus

Well-known art gallery of the city of Munich especially with works of the artist group Blaue Reiter in the northern centre of the Bavarian capital: More information

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Schack Gallery

The important private art collection of Adolf Friedrich von Schack (1815 – 1894) is today part of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung. It mainly exhibits paintings from the 19th century (e.g. Spitzweg, Feuerback, Lenbach and Böcklin). The building is located next to the Bavarian National Museum.

Address Schack-Galerie: Prinzregentenstraße 9, 80538 Munich

Directions to the Schack-Galerie: U4 and U5 stop Lehel (10 min walk away) or directly in front of the entrance Tram 17 stop „National Museum

Opening hours Schack-Galerie: Wed – Sun 10am – 6pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday

Admission price Schack-Galerie: adults pay 4 euros, Sundays only 1€, reduced rate 3.00€ (as of the beginning of 2017)

Natural Science and Technical Museums Munich

German Museum

One of the most famous and largest museums in Germany is the Deutsches Museum, a museum of technology. It is still the most important museum in Bavaria next to the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Museum of Ethnology

The Ethnological Museum Munich is one of the largest museums of ethnology (culture of non-European peoples) in Europe. More Info: Museum 5 Continents Munich

BMW Museum

For fans of Bavarian cars, a visit to the BMW Museum can be a highlight of a city trip to Munich. The museum has been thoroughly renovated in recent years and reopened in 2008, one year after the futuristic and gigantic new building, the BMW Welt. Of course, it is mainly vehicles of the BMW brand from the beginnings until today that are presented in an impressive way: The BMW Museum is considered one of the best automobile museums in the world. With around 400,000 visitors per year, the BMW Museum is the most visited museum in Munich, behind the Deutsches Museum.

Address BMW Museum: Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 Munich

Directions BMW Museum: U3 Olympiazentrum, various bus lines Olympiazentrum

Opening hours BMW Museum 2024: Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 10am-6pm, closed on Mondays

Admission price BMW Museum 2024: Adults 10 € admission, reduced as pensioners and students and children 7 €, families with up to 3 children under 18 years pay a maximum of 24 € admission. The admission fee has not been increased for several years!

German Alpine Museum

The German Alpine Museum is located north of the Deutsches Museum on an island – the Praterinsel. Scientific instruments and equipment for mountaineers, information about the German Alpine Association, pictures from the mountains and much more – often also special exhibitions worth seeing. The visit is actually a must for every hobby mountaineer.

Address German Alpine Museum: Praterinsel 5, 80538 Munich

Directions Deutsches Alpines Museum: Tram 17 Mariannenplatz, S-Bahn Isartor or on foot from the centre

Opening hours Deutsches Alpines Museum 2024: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11am – 6pm, Tue – Fri 1pm – 6pm, Monday closed (status year 2024)

Entrance fee German Alpine Museum 2024: adults 6 Euro, DAV members and reduced 4€, children 1 € (under 7 years free). The prices are from the year 2024 and have not been increased for a long time. (DAV = German Alpine Association)

Museum Man and Nature

The Museum of Man and Nature in Nymphenburg Palace is an insider tip among Munich’s museums. The development of the earth, of life and of mankind is presented. Current problems such as the destruction of the environment by man are also addressed. Schloss Nymphenburg is also home to the Marstallmuseum (carriages, horse-drawn carriages, harnesses etc.) and the Porzellanmuseum München (Munich Porcelain Museum) with many 100 objects from the world-famous Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg.

Address Museum Mensch und Natur: Maria-Ward-Straße 1b, 80638 Munich

Directions to Museum Mensch und Natur: Tram (Munich for tram) 17 to the stop Schloss Nymphenburg

Opening hours 2024 Museum Mensch und Natur: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 10 – 17, Sat, Sun 10-18, Mon closed, Easter Monday, Whit Monday open, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year closed.

Entrance fees 2024 Museum Mensch und Natur: 3,50 Euro adults, reduced 2,50 Euro. On Sunday, as in many museums in Munich, the entrance fee is only 1 Euro.

Eintrittspreis Museum Mensch und Natur: Erwachsene 3,50 €, ermäßigt 2, 50 €, Kinder bis 18 Jahre Eintritt frei (im Jahr 2017)

German Hunting Museum and Fishery Museum

The Hunting and Fishing Museum is located right in the centre of Munich in the most important pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz (Stachus) and Marienplatz (Neuhauser Straße). From Stone Age weapons and fishing hooks to the present day, all kinds of things related to hunting and fishing are on display. Interesting are also the many stuffed animals as well as the „exhibition“ of the Wolpertinger, in Bavaria very well known mythical creatures.

Address German Hunting and Fishing Museum: Neuhauser Straße 2, 80331 Munich

Directions to the German Hunting and Fishing Museum: U-Bahn / S-Bahn Karlsplatz or Marienplatz

Opening hours German Hunting Museum and Fishery Museum 2024 daily 9:30 to 17 o’clock, Thursday evening even until 21 o’clock.

Entrance fee German Hunting and Fishing Museum 2024: Adults 5 Euro, concessions 4 €, children 3-16 years 3 €, smaller children free (these entrance fees and opening hours are from 2024)

Museum Crystals

Excellent and exciting exhibition on the subject of crystals, minerals and precious stones directly behind the Alte Pinakothek. The museum is the part of the Mineralogical State Collection of Munich that is open to the public.

Address Museum Crystals: Theresienstr. 41,80333 Munich

Directions to Museum Reich der Kristalle: Tram 27 or bus 100 stop „Pinakotheken“ or U2 Theresienstrasse (10 min walk) or on foot from the main station or Marienplatz (20 minutes each)

Opening hours Museum Crystals 2024: 13 – 17 h, closed on Mondays

Entrance fee Museum Reich der Kristalle 2024: 5 € adults or 3 € reduced.

Potato Museum Munich

Small museum near Munich’s Ostbahnhof with free admission on the subject of potatoes. Focal points include potatoes as a cultural asset and potatoes in art.

Address Potato Museum Munich: Grafinger Straße 2, 81671 Munich

Directions to the Kartoffel Museum Munich: All S-Bahn lines and the U5 with the stop Ostbahnhof

Opening Hours Kartoffel Museum Munich: Only Friday (9-18 h) and Saturday (11 – 17 h)

Entrance fee Kartoffel Museum Munich: The entrance is free of charge

Other museums in Munich

Residence Museum

The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. About 130 castle rooms can be visited. Here you can also see some important collections like the porcelain collection or the silver collection. Also in the Residenz are the Munich State Coin Collection and the State Museum of Egyptian Art. More information about the Munich Residenz.

Bayerische Nationalmuseum

In the Prinzregentenstraße large, important collection on Bavarian art and traditional cultural assets such as clothing, porcelain, musical instruments and much more. Equally large collection of sculptures from Germany. The largest collection of nativity scenes in the world is also very popular with visitors.

Munich City Museum

Worth seeing and large museum about the city of Munich.

Some permanent special exhibitions:
– National Socialism in Munich – Ciphers of Memory
– Photography Collection
– Collection puppet theatre / showmanship
– Collection Music.

Address Munich City Museum: St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich

Directions to the Munich City Museum: Underground / S-Bahn Marienplatz or U-Bahn Sendlinger Tor and 5-10 min on foot

Opening hours Munich City Museum 2017: daily except Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission price Munich City Museum: 7 € adults, reduced rate 3,50 €, persons under 18 years have free admission.  These prices refer to the permanent exhibitions and are from 2017.

Munich Beer Museum and Oktoberfest Museum

Interesting museum about the Oktoberfest and beer. The Oktoberfest museum is located in the centre east of the Marienplatz „Im Tal“.

Address Oktoberfest Museum: Sterneckerstraße 2, 80331 Munich

Approach Oktoberfest Museum: Next S-Bahn: Isartor – also Marienplatz is only 10 min walking distance

Opening hours Oktoberfest Museum in 2017: 13-17 h (Sunday and Monday closed)

Entrance fee Oktoberfest Museum 2017: 4 € adults, reduced 2,50 €, groups 3 € per person (from 6 persons), great is that families with children pay a maximum of 6 euros.

German Theatre Museum

The history of the theatre from its beginnings to the present is presented. The museum is located in the Hofgarten not far from the centre and houses one of the largest collections on theatre in Europe. For example, costumes and stage sets are on display.

Address German Theatre Museum: Galeriestr. 4a, 80539 Munich

Directions German Theatre Museum: U3, U4, U5 and U6 Odeonsplatz

Opening hours German Theatre Museum 2024: daily except Monday 10 am – 4 pm

Entrance fee German Theatre Museum 2024: adults 5€

Munich Toy Museum

Nice museum in the tower of the old city hall of Munich directly in the center of the city. A must for adult fans of toys and very interesting for children. On display are wooden toys, dolls, technical toys and much more.

Toy museum address: Marienplatz: In the old town hall tower

Directions to the toy museum: U3 and U6 Marienplatz as well as all S-Bahn lines „Marienplatz“ station.

Toy Museum 2024 opening hours: daily 10 – 17:30

Toy museum admission fee: adults 6€, children 2€, families max. 12 € (in 2024)

Valetin Musäum

The museum is all about humour, as the deliberate spelling mistake in the name and the opening hours already show. Many funny exhibits on the comedian and cabaret artist Karl Valentin (1882 – 1948), who was very popular in Munich, as well as changing special exhibitions. The Valentin Museum is located in Isartor, a central city gate of Munich.

Address Valetin Musäum: Isartor, 80331 Munich

Directions Valetin Musäum: S-Bahn all lines stop Isartor

Opening hours Valetin Musuum 2024: daily 11:01-16:59 ; , Wednesday at

Entrance fee Valetin Musuum: Adults 2019: 2,99 Euro ; Children, pupils, students: 1,99 Euro. Family tickets are available for 6,99 Euro.

White Rose Memorial

The exhibition on the subject of the White Rose, the well-known resistance group in the Nazi era to which Hans and Sophie Scholl belonged, among others, is in the main building of the LMU (Ludwig-Maximilian University) in Schwabing. In front of this building, the siblings were arrested after distributing leaflets against the Hitler regime. Permanent exhibition with exhibits, photos and background information about the White Rose and the resistance in the 3rd Reich.

Address Weisse Rose Memorial: Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich

Directions to the White Rose Memorial : U3 University

Opening hours White Rose Memorial: Monday – Friday 10 – 17 o’clock ; Saturday 10:30 to 16 o’clock (in 2017)

Entrance fee White Rose exhibition: free admission

(Status of information 2017, partly updated 2020 ans 2024, some of the data is older)

Longer list of important museums in Munich

Alte Pinakothek: A famous art museum focusing on European painting from the 14th to 18th centuries.

Neue Pinakothek: Specializes in 19th-century European art, including painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

Pinakothek der Moderne: This is an art museum that exhibits modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.

Lenbachhaus: Known for its collection of works by artists of the “Blue Rider” movement, including Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.

Deutsches Museum: The world’s largest science and technology museum with a variety of exhibitions on different science and technology topics.

BMW Museum: Shows the history and innovation of the BMW brand.

Glyptothek: An ancient sculpture museum with a collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.

Museum Brandhorst: The focus is on modern art, especially art after 1945.

Jewish Museum in Munich: The Jewish Museum in Munich highlights the history and culture of Jewish life in the city. Near Marienplatz in the city center.

State Antiquities Collections: State antiquities collections with Greek, Etruscan and Roman art.

Archaeological State Collection: A state archaeological collection with a focus on archaeological finds in Bavaria.

Museum Man and Nature: A museum for man and nature that explores the relationship between man and nature. In Nymphenburg Palace.

Bavarian National Museum: Shows decorative arts, crafts and artifacts of Bavaria.

Museum of the Five Continents: Formerly known as the State Museum of Ethnology or Ethnology Museum, it displays artifacts from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

NS Documentation Center Munich: The NS Documentation Center provides insight into the history of the NS regime in Munich.

State Museum of Egyptian Art: The State Museum of Egyptian Art displays a significant collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Munich City Museum: The Munich City Museum deals with the history and culture of the city.

Schack Gallery: A gallery that exhibits 19th-century German art, including works by Romantic painters.

Flugwerft Schleißheim: As part of the German Museum, this branch focuses on the history of aviation.

Museum Villa Stuck: Former residence of the artist Franz von Stuck and now a museum with exhibitions of his works and the Art Nouveau period.

Museum Kingdom of Crystals: The Crystal Museum, which displays collections of minerals and crystals.

Kunsthalle München: A contemporary art gallery that hosts temporary exhibitions.

German Hunting and Fishing Museum: The German Hunting and Fishing Museum explores the history of hunting and fishing. Right in the central pedestrian zone.

Nymphenburg Palace: Although Nymphenburg is primarily a castle, it is home to several museums, including the Marstallmuseum and the Porcelain Museum.

Oktoberfest Museum: The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum explores the history and culture of Bavarian beer.

Munich Children’s and Youth Museum: The Munich Children’s and Youth Museum offers interactive exhibitions for young audiences.

Toy Museum: The Munich Toy Museum shows a fascinating collection of toys and dolls from different eras.

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