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.
Since last year, 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 works of art. 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 is supplemented by the hashtag #Kunstminute: on the YouTube channel, for example, there are interesting conversations with curators. Another new addition is the live-broadcast on their Instagram account: Paintings, art connoisseurs and followers meet here for an exchange. The Pinakotheken also want interaction – so you can and should ask live-questions!
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 6 April 2020, visitors can take a digital 360-degree tour of the entire museum using Google. There are more than 25 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!
In addition to an exciting knowledge-podcast, the Deutsches Museum now also offers virtual 360-degree tours or guided tours through its exhibition rooms on Youtube. So far, for example, you can already explore the special exhibition "Cosmos Coffee", take a live walk through the "Pharmacy" or the "Historical Aviation" and soon you can also take a streamed tour of the popular mine.
The Design Museum Die Neue Sammlung has a special offer for the time at home: since 21 February, 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. Visitors can also take a virtual tour of the current exhibition "Danner Rotunda" - even with VR glasses, if you have one at home.
Villa Stuck digitally entertains all those who stayed at home under the matching hashtag #Stuckathome. Canceled concerts become a live DJ set, artists such as Thierry Geoffroy give live insights into their work and studio - and in the philosophical foyer, the big questions are now simply discussed online. In addition, Villa Stuck goes live on Instagram - then visitors can ask their questions directly to the museum director.
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 great "Du bist Faust" exhibition from 2018 completely online. If you wish, 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. A great alternative to a real 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 visitor can filter by object types, persons or theme albums.
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 digitally at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. In addition, the works are sorted by themes such as The Blue Rider or "Art after 1945". The new exhibition "Sheela Gowda. It... Matters" will now also be opened digitally on 30 March 2020. Films with interviews, exhibition views and audio files will be available to everyone from then on!
The Haus der Kunst can be experienced digitally on several channels: Texts and informations on current exhibitions can be found on the blog, videos with artist talks on the YouTube channel. Especially exciting are the digital audio tour of the exhibition "Innenleben" and the soundtrack of the exhibition "Theaster Gates" - a 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. At www.staatsoper.tv, live streams such as the regular Monday concerts (each at 8.15 pm) as well as live operas and concerts take place. Anyone who misses them can still watch them online for 14 days. The offer is free, but the Staatsoper is happy to receive donations.
The online theatre programme of the Münchner Kammerspiele is very imaginative: they are playing live-sessions or put an internal recording of a production from the program online. Theatre at home, available 24/7.
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 use at home until April 19. A very special highlight is "The Magic Flute" by Mozart - to be seen at home on Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook.
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" and the current play "Tschitti Tschitti Bäng Bäng". In addition, the Gärtnerplatztheater has launched a weekly online discussion with music and guests like Brigitte Fassbaender or Konstantin Wecker, which is shown on the website: from May 7, every Thursday at 19:30.
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: On the one hand, the ensemble provides insights into everyday life in the video series "Diary of a closed theatre" on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. A new addition, however, is the idea of "Resi calls", in which actors and actresses play, read and tell short scenes live and in person for the audience on the phone. Those interested can find the dates and the registration form on the theatre's website.
The Bavarian administration for state palaces, gardens and lakes offers virtual tours of popular sights around Munich and throughout Bavaria. The project "Bayern „Bayern 3D – Heimat Digital“ also gives visitors the opportunity to digitally experience important cultural assets such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Here are our favorites:
Between Thursday and Saturday, the Goldener Reiter also delights his guests with live musical broadcasts from the club. Each time at 8 pm it starts on Facebook! Live chat included.
Even if the doors of the most important techno club in Munich remain closed for the time being, you can still listen to new DJ live sets every few days on Soundcloud. If you need to see a DJ playing, you'd better check out the Facebook videos from BLITZ music club.
The people from the digital city magazine Geheimtipp München were quick and set up a new online offer: on ONE you can watch readings, concerts, talks, workouts and reports from and about Munich at home. The livestream can be watched via Facebook or Youtube - and afterwards of course as a video.
The programme of the Kultur- und Bürgerhaus Pelkovenschlössl in Moosach also continues almost as before: every evening at 7 pm, the cultural centre also invites you to live readings and live concerts on Facebook.