Two men are looking at exhibits in the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum in Munich.

Munich's museums

Top-class exhibitions in the city centre

From the Residenz to the Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum: Munich's city centre is a paradise for museum lovers. An overview.

The Residenz palace on Residenzstrasse is the former home and ruling seat of the Wittelsbach family that once ruled over Bavaria. Its highlights include the Grottenhof (Grotto Courtyard), the Renaissance Antiquarium Hall, the Baroque Imperial Hall, the ornate Rococo-period Rich Rooms, and King Ludwig I’s neoclassical State Apartment. The Cuvilliés Theatre hosted the première of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo in 1781. The palace’s treasury is home to around 1,500 pieces, including royal regalia belonging to the Bavarian royal family.

Kunsthalle München on Theatinerstrasse is one of Germany’s leading exhibition venues. It hosts three major exhibitions each year. Its exhibitions range from pre-history and ancient to the modern day. It showcases art and culture from across the globe and covers painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography, arts and crafts, and design.

The historical buildings located at Jakobsplatz are home to the Münchner Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum). “Typically Munich” is a permanent exhibition that uses select items to bring Munich’s history to life. The museum also features permanent exhibitions on music, puppet theatres and fairground attractions, the history of National Socialism in Munich, special collections on fashion, graphic design and photography and the film museum with its own cinema programme.

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Paying important testament to reconciliation and integration in the city are the main synagogue “Ohel Jakob”, which opened in 2006, the Jewish civic centre and the Jüdische Museum (Jewish Museum), which sheds light on Jewish culture and history in Munich.

Adults wishing to relive their childhood should stop by the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) in the tower at the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall) on Marienplatz.

Stuffed animals displayed in their natural environments and the mysterious Wolpertinger (a mythical creature similar to a jackalope) draw the crowds to the Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (Hunting and Fishing Museum) in the pedestrian zone on Neuhauser Strasse.

At Isartor gate, the Bier- und Oktoberfest Museum (Beer and Oktoberfest Museum) invites you to explore one of Munich’s oldest buildings (dating back to the 14th century), while immersing yourself in the world of beer, brewery, beer barons and Oktoberfest.

At the end of 2017, Germany’s first ever Museum of Urban Art (MUCA) opened in a former municipal substation right in the heart of the old town. It showcases street art that is worthy of a museum.

Guided tour of the Residenz Palace

Take a tour with an official city tour guide of Munich and visit the Residenz Palace - one of the largest city palaces in Germany. Read more 

The Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum (Valentin-Karlstadt Museum) at Isartor gate takes a unusual, unique approach to its exhibits. Dedicated to the Munich-based comedian Karl Valentin, this museum’s pieces are overflowing with the comic’s humour and whimsical creativity. A perfect example of this is his winter toothpick.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oskar von Miller founded the Deutsche Museum (German Museum), one of the world’s most important natural history and science museums. He set up his museum on an island in the Isar River, an area now known as Museumsinsel (Museum Island).

The Alpine Museum is located on the neighbouring Praterinsel island. In this museum, you get to experience the Alps right in the heart of Munich, exploring the worlds of science, history, tourism, sport and art.

On Maximilianstrasse you can visit the Museum Fünf Kontinente (Five Continents Museum). Visitors to this museum take a journey around the entire world: Exhibits from Africa, North and South America, India, East Asia and Oceania are on display here.

For further information about visiting Munich's museums, please see www.museen-in-muenchen.de.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photo: Christian Kasper; Video: Redline Enterprises

Covid-19: current regulations

Hotels and accommodation establishments, shops, indoor and outdoor catering, and also clubs and discos are open. However, restrictions apply. All other important information on the coronavirus and your stay in Munich can be found here.

A man and a woman record a podcast in a laundromat.

A feast for the ears

Many Munich museums and institutions have their own podcast. An overview.

Many Munich museums and institutions have their own podcast. Here we present a few examples that are particularly worth listening to.

Exhibition room with paintings in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Discover Munich's arts and culture online

Corona does not mean that you have to do without Munich's great cultural attractions: We have collected the best digital offers.

Corona does not mean that you have to do without Munich's great cultural attractions: We have collected the best digital offers.

A wall with graffiti in Munich.

Get graffitiing!

Munich has long been the cradle of the European graffiti scene. Our author once painted graffiti himself, and today looks back on a quite exceptional piece of work.

Munich has long been the cradle of the European graffiti scene. Our author once painted graffiti himself, and today looks back on a quite exceptional piece of work.

Painting from an exhibition

Hungry for art

You’ll definitely want to catch these exhibitions in Munich’s museums and galleries in 2022!

From the Old Masters to the new young things: Munich’s museums showcase art from all branches and eras. Here are some exhibitions that you’ll definitely want to catch in 2022!

A woman in a coat and an artist with a paint bucket smile into the camera in Munich.

A stroll through the Werksviertel with Loomit

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

Curator Judith Csiki in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Curators present their personal highlights

Lenbachhaus, Museum Brandhorst, Pinakothek: We asked three museum professionals to introduce us to some of their favourites.

Lenbachhaus, Museum Brandhorst, Pinakothek: We asked three museum professionals to introduce us to some of their favourites.

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich at sunset.

Castles and palaces in and around Munich

The magnificent castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview.

Residenz, Nymphenburg, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, Neuschwanstein: The magnificent castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview. 

Fountain in Grottenhof of the Residenz photographed through a window of the Residenz in Munich.

Bisou, Bisou with the Sun King

The story of Ludwig II is a legendary tale: an account of a glamorous time that played out not only in Neuschwanstein, but also directly within the Munich court – the Residenz palace in the city centre.

The story of Ludwig II is a legendary tale: an account of a glamorous time that played out not only in Neuschwanstein, but also directly within the Munich court – the Residenz palace in the city centre.

Neuschwanstein Castle in the surrounding region of Munich.

Royal wanderlust

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Endless Staircase in Munich.

At second glance

Some public art in Munich is unknown even to the locals. We present six works of art that can often only be discovered at second glance.

Some public art in Munich is unknown even to the locals. We present six works of art that can often only be discovered at second glance.

Munich Card & City Pass

Discover Munich in a relaxed and uncomplicated way: discounts for the diverse range of art, culture and leisure activities with our guest cards.

Public transport is included

Many discounts with the Card, many things for free with the Pass.

Online or at the tourist information offices

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

Exclusive tour through the town hall

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Book now from 18 €

Magistrates, Monachia and magnificent celebrations: explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

A girl on a carousel at the Auer Dult in Munich.

Experience tour Auer Dult

Discover the traditional folk festival from your very own point of view with one of our official guides.

Discover the traditional folk festival from your very own point of view with one of our official guides. Feel free to try the delicious specialities!

Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

The inhabitants of Oberammergau have staged what is today probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

Viktualienmarkt Tasting Tour

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Book now for 32 €!

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting historical facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

Visit to the Town Hall Balcony

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.

Book now for only 6 €!

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.