BMW Welt, Munich

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Munich's Best Museums, Galleries & Theatres

Munich’s Best: Museums

Here’s a definitive guide to the very best museums in Munich – with something for everyone, from science and tech to art and history.

Museum Brandhorst (art)

The Brandhorst is a modern art gallery that opened in May 2009. Avid art collector Udo Fritz-Hermann donated a collection of 700 works after his wife, Annette Brandhorst, died in 1999, providing that the state of Bavaria build a house for the extensive collection. The modern construction houses over a hundred works from Andy Warhol, including his famous “Marilyn” portrait. Additionally, you can view works from modern artists such as Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.  Temporary exhibitions have included over a hundred illustrated books from Pablo Picasso, also donated by Fritz-Hermann and Brandhorst, who were passionate about literature, and photos from the American Cy Twombly.

Opening hours: daily 10-6, Thursday 10-8, closed Mondays.
Admission: 7 € adults, 5 € commission and best of all, 1 € on Sundays.

Brandhorst

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Deutsches Museum (science & technology)

The world’s largest science and tech museum is hands-on, interactive and perfect for wet weekend afternoons. It’s a great spot for inquisitive kids, and in the summer, you can pop over to True & 12 for an ice cream afterwards.

Opening hours: daily 9-5
Admission: 8.50 € adults, 3 € commission

Pinakotheke (art)

the three Pinakotheke in Munich’s Kunstareal (art district) are full of fantastic art. If you’re into the classics, the Alte Pinakothek is the place to head to. For more contemporary, art nouveau works, head over to the Neue Pinakothek. And for modern works from Beuys and the likes, the Pinakothek der Moderne is the place to visit. The Alte Pinakothek, established in 1836, is one of the oldest galleries in the world, and it’s as impressive a building as the art it houses.

Opening hours: daily 10-6, Thursday 10-8, closed Mondays
Admission: 10 € adults, 7 € commission, Sundays 1 €

Bavaria Film Studios (film)

One of Europe’s biggest film studios, the Bavaria Film Studios in the upmarket Grünwald district of Munich is a super fun day out. You can check out sets and props from various films and TV shows, including Das Boot. Take tram 25 down to Grünwald, Bavariafilmplatz and it’s just a two minute walk from there.

Opening hours: daily 10-5
Admission: 27.50 € adults, 21.50 € commission, including a 4D movie and guided tour.

Haus der Kunst (art)

The Haus der Kunst is my favourite gallery in Munich. The exhibitions are always so varied, and I love to spend an hour drinking tea in their beautiful Goldene Bar afterwards (or a ginger beer on their terrace is the weather’s good). If you can, check out works from the Goetz collection shown in the basement of the Haus der Kunst – this was once used as a bunker, and even if the exhibition’s not for you, wandering around the bunker will be – it’s eerie.

Opening hours: daily 10-8, Thursday 10-10
Admission: varies, depending on exhibition

BMW Museum (automobiles)

I’m not a huge fan of cars, and I’ve never been to the BMW Museum. Apparently, it’s a lot of fun, and very interactive. But I guess you’ve got to love cars for it to be of interest. A few friends of mine have visited, and I’ve always busied myself at the nearby Olympic stadium instead.

Opening hours: daily 10-6, closed Mondays
Admission: entrance to the BMW Welt is free. For the museum: 9 € adults, 6 € commission.

Bavarian National Museum (history)

Founded in 1855 by King Maximilian II, the museum covers three floors, focusing on the art and culture of Bavaria from the Middle Ages to the art nouveau period. It’s also right next door to the Haus der Kunst, so you can get in some art, history and then head through the English Gardens for a stroll afterwards. The architecture of the building is magnificent, and I suppose the stuff inside is pretty interesting too – but I went on a HOT day when I was seven months pregnant, so I don’t have the best memories of it.

Opening hours: daily 10-5, Thursday 10-8, closed Mondays
Admission: 7 € adults, 6 € commission

Münchner Stadtmuseum (history)

The Münchner Stadtmuseum is like a smaller version of the National Museum. Located in the city centre, it’s full of old Munich relics, and they have a rather frightening puppet exhibition. Every now and then, they have some really cool exhibitions on – currently, a sound lab, focusing on Munich-based musicians.

Opening hours: daily 10-6, closed Monday
Admission: 6 € adults, 3 € commission

Jüdisches Museum (history)

The Jewish museum opened in 2007 next to the Stadtmuseum, and is one of the city’s most modern buildings. It’s situated next to the synagogue, and the Jewish Centre houses a kosher restaurant, a kindergarten, a youth centre and a community auditorium. The permanent exhibition focuses on Jewish history and aspects of the Jewish faith – bar and bat mitzvah, circumcision, marriage and death.

Opening hours: daily 10-6, closed Monday
Admission: 6 € adults, 3 € commission

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Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism (history)

Munich’s newest museum is focused on the city’s Nazi past. It was opened on May 1, 2015 and was set up to remember the atrocities that the Nazis committed. Their permanent exhibition provided info in both German and English, and they offer a brief guide to the exhibition in various languages.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-7pm
Admission: 5 € adults, 2.50 € commission

Buchheim Museum (art)

The Buchheim Museum’s on the shores of Lake Starnberg, a good half hour outside of Munich, but it’s so lovely I had to include it here. The architecture is breathtaking, the works of art wonderful and the cafe’s a lovely place for an afternoon coffee in the sun.

Opening hours: April-October: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm, November-March: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: 8.50 € adults, 4 € commission

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the list of museums. It was so freaking cold this weekend, I was running around exhibitions at art studios and wished I was in a warm museum cafe 🙂 Maybe sometime this week.

  2. Yes, yes and yes. I’d add the Karl Valentin Musäum at Isartor…

    • I’ve never been to the Karl Valentin museum, it’s high-time I check it out.

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  4. Irene Lem

    Thanks for the list Visiting from Canda 🙂

  5. Irene Lem

    oops! “Canada”

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