Just a stone’s throw from the market at Viktualienmarkt, the Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) sends visitors on a journey through Munich’s past.
The museum’s main collection goes by the name of “Typically Munich” and uses selected objects to bring the city’s history to life. Breaking its evolution down into five historical periods, the exhibition looks at what is typically Munich, how long this has been the case and, most importantly, why.
The museum is also home to exhibitions on music, puppet theatres and fairground attractions, the history of National Socialism in Munich, and collections and exhibitions on fashion, graphic design, photography and film.
Another of the museum’s attractions is the building itself, parts of which are hundreds of years old, such as the city’s former armoury from the 1500s or the Gothic Ignaz-Günther-Haus, which dates back to the Late Middle Ages.
From 10 a.m. to midnight, locals and tourists meet in the adjacent Stadtcafé. On sunny days, you sit on the large terrace of the café and enjoy the view of Sankt-Jakobs-Platz with the Ohel Jakob Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. You can also choose the quiet inner courtyard, where trees and umbrellas provide shade in summer.
Like the Pinakotheken, the Munich Stadtmuseum also offers its exhibits in an online collection. By chance or depending on the search term, you can take a digital look at works from the fields of applied art, photography, graphics, painting, fashion, puppet theatre and show business, advertising art and urban culture.
Good to know: Munich Card holders are entitled to a reduced admission fee. If one owns the Munich City Pass, the entrance is free of charge. No matter which card you choose, the public transport is included.