Because of the coronavirus, public life is severely restricted. This does not mean, however, that one has to miss out on Munich's great cultural offerings. We have collected the best digital offers from museums, theatres and clubs.
Fancy going to Munich, but a trip is currently not possible? - Then explore Munich on a virtual and personal live tour with your official guide of the city. Interactively, richly illustrated and accompanied by music, we will take you on a journey and immerse you in the city's history, culture and traditions: whether on the guided tours "Typical Munich" or "Munich for Beginners", a visit to the Oktoberfest or the Christmas Market, or on a "virtual journey" to Munich's economic history(s). Our tour guides* can also offer all tours virtually. We will be happy to advise you and find the perfect guide for your group.
The works of art in the Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne and Schack Collection can also be experienced in digital form: The online collection lists 25,000 artworks. Visitors can view all paintings, sculptures and drawings, sorted by category and era. Virtual tours per room are also possible - even in the Neue Pinakothek, which will remain closed until 2025 due to renovation work. The offer was already supplemented in spring with, among other things, the hashtag #Kunstminute: on the YouTube channel, for example, there are interesting conversations with curators. Also new are the live broadcasts on the Instagram account, which can also be watched afterwards as IGTV.
The Alte Pinakothek was already able to gain experience with Google Arts & Culture at the previous exhibition "Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe" - and it was worth it. Since April 2020, visitors can take a digital 360-degree tour of the entire museum using Google. There are more than 60 interactive stories about the works of European painting from the 14th to the 18th century. And of course, the tour is also available as a virtual reality tour!
The art area in Maxvorstadt consists of 18 museums and exhibition houses as well as 40 galleries - including the Pinakotheken, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the Glyptothek. On social media these houses collect the current online programme and digital offers under the hashtag #kunstarealdigital.
In addition to an exciting knowledge-podcast, the Deutsches Museum now also offers virtual 360-degree tours through its exhibition rooms on Youtube. You can explore the special exhibition "Cosmos Coffee", take a live walk through the "Pharmacy" or the "Historical Aviation" or take a streamed tour of the popular mine. On the canal there are also many exciting lectures by scientists for adults, children learn from exciting experiments in physics in the series "Everything that ..." - simply explained!
The Design Museum Die Neue Sammlung has a special offer for the time at home: you can listen at Sound of Design to the sounds of certain design objects online. Radio, vacuum cleaner and espresso machine are assigned to different decades, and there is also a collage of the typical sounds for the respective decade. On the website, visitors can take a virtual tour of the current exhibition "Danner Rotunde" - even with VR glasses, if you have one at home. Even the last Ingo Maurer exhibition can still be experienced online.
Villa Stuck digitally entertains all those who stayed at home under the matching hashtag #Stuckathome. On Facebook and YouTube, artists like Thierry Geoffroy give live insights into their work and their studio or people simply discuss the big questions online in the philosophical foyer. In addition, Villa Stuck regularly goes live on Instagram - and talks to artists or shows insights into new exhibitions.
The Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art, also known as MUCA, is Germany's first museum for street art. And you don't have to do without it, even if the museum is currently closed. On Instagram, the team takes its visitors digitally into the museum's everyday life and work, on the website you can listen to podcasts and radio recordings, as well as take a video tour of the current exhibition. Similarly, visitors can also take a walk on the Street Art Tour through Munich - for example, art can be seen at the underpass at Candidplatz.
Even if you can't be there at the time, you don't have to miss a guided tour at the FC Bayern Museum. Even if the museum on the history and present of the popular football club is closed, you can always take a 360-degree tour of the premises. The museum in the Allianz Arena leads from the foyer to the Hall of Fame - on request also available in VR glasses.
In addition to the review of past exhibitions, as many Munich museums have on their websites, the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung offers a special treat: You can now experience the wonderful "Du bist Faust" exhibition of 2018 completely online, as well as the "Munich Rococo" exhibition. If you want to, you can move through the rooms with VR glasses, listen to the contributions thanks to the audio symbol and even read the exhibition texts in enlarged form by clicking on the text symbol that appears. Almost like in a real museum!
No virtual tour, but lots of photos - also from the current exhibition "Pati Hill Something other than either" - can be viewed on the website of Kunstverein München. For the anticipation of your next visit!
Like the Pinakotheken, the Münchner 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. The museum also offers free videos on YouTube.
The Museum Brandhorst, with its 1200 works from the 1950s to the present day, is part of the Museumsquartier. Similar to the Pinakothek, you can view the exhibits online - even those currently on display on site!
Visitors can view over 1500 paintings, photographs, objects, installations and much more in digital form at the Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus. In addition, the works are sorted according to themes such as "Art after 1945" or The Blue Rider. The museum is currently presenting its new acquisitions on this theme, and audio guides lead through the works of Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky & Co. The audio guides for children are also recommended. On the YouTube channel, the Lenbachbach also provides detailed information: shows exhibitions and talks with curators.
The Haus der Kunst can be experienced digitally on several channels: Texts and information on current exhibitions can be found on the blog, more than 250 videos with artist talks, lectures and performances on the YouTube channel. Especially exciting are the digital audio tour of the exhibition "Inner Life" and the soundtrack of the exhibition "Theaster Gates" - a great foretaste of a real museum visit.
The highlights of the Sammlung Goetz (Goetz Collection), which comprises more than 5000 works, as well as a video tour of the exhibition building designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron can now be experienced online. On the platform Sammlung Goetz Digital you will find digital offers such as the presentation of films from the exhibiezion "Brainwashed" as well as the reading by the artist Cyrill Lachauer.
The Bayerische Staatsoper makes sure that opera, classical and ballet fans worldwide are also well entertained in their living rooms. On staatsoper.tv there are live streams like the regular Monday concerts as well as live operas and concerts. If you miss them, you can watch them online for up to 30 days, partly for free or for little money.
The small Munich puppet theatre is a privately run puppet theatre and is therefore especially happy about voucher purchases and support. In return, it offers free recordings for the little ones at home on Vimeo and Youtube. A very special highlight is "The Magic Flute" by Mozart!
The Gärtnerplatztheater can also be brought home thanks to lots of audio recordings. Staff members are interviewed once a month in podcasts, on the website there are audio samples of almost every play - and on Spotify or Amazon Music you can listen to the productions of the past operetta "Die Faschingsfee". The Gärtnerplatztheater also has a YouTube channel - here you can look behind the scenes or watch recordings of live musical performances such as Brigitte Fassbaender or Konstantin Wecker.
The Residenztheater or "Resi", as the Theater am am Max-Joseph-Platz is affectionately known by the people of Munich, has come up with something special: The ensemble provides insights into everyday life in the video series "Diary of a closed theatre" on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile already in the second season, as the format was well received by viewers in spring!
The Bavarian administration for state palaces, gardens and lakes offers virtual tours of popular sights around Munich and throughout Bavaria. The project „Bayern 3D – Heimat Digital“ also gives visitors the opportunity to digitally experience important cultural assets such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Here are our favorites:
Even if the doors of Munich's most important techno club remain closed for the time being, you can at least listen to DJ sets on Soundcloud - and Radio 80000 also broadcasts live sets from time to time. Perfect for the party at home!
The programme of the Kultur- und Bürgerhaus Pelkovenschlössl in Moosach also continues digitally: in addition to a weekly "Kessel Kulturbuntes", there are two new episodes of Kinderradio every week.