Frontal view of the Alte Pinakothek with trees and a sculpture in front of the building in Munich

Kunstareal

World-renowned museums

A total of 18 museums and art venues, more than 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: meet the Kunstareal (Art District)!

“I want to turn Munich into a city which will do Germany honor, so that nobody will know Germany without having seen Munich.”

These words uttered by the artloving monarch King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786 -1868) introduced a concept of art politics which turned the Medieval town on the Isar river in the 19th century into a leading metropolis of art in Europe.

Ludwig continued the collector’s passion of his predecessors by acquiring objects of art at the antique excavation sites in Greece and the art centers of Rome and Florence in competition with major European collections.

Munich residents were flabbergasted when their King had Classicist monuments put up in the meadows and floodplains in front of the city gates, and thus gave rise to the sobriquets “Athens on the Isar” and “Florence on the Isar”.

Königsplatz with its Glyptothek as well as the Alte and Neue Pinakothek art galleries make Munich a top-class metropolis of culture. A total of 18 museums and art venues, more than 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions are accommodated in the Kunstareal today.

Visitors can stroll through and experience 5,000 years of art and cultural history presented in an amazing variety from the City Gallery in Lenbachhaus, the State Museum of Egyptian Art and the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, which was opened in 2015, to Museum Brandhorst and Pinakothek der Moderne gallery.

What King Ludwig I announced 200 years ago, still holds true today: Owing to its Kunstareal, Munich ranks among the most important centers of art and culture in Europe and is unique in its combination of art, culture and knowledge.

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Photo: Frank Stolle
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    Colourful facade of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.
    Museum Brandhorst

    From Andy Warhol to Cy Twombly

    Theresienstr. 35 a, 80333 Munich, Germany

    Hidden behind its spectacular facade, the Museum Brandhorst (Brandhorst Museum) wows its visitors with...

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    A couple is walking arm in arm through the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and is looking at paintings.
    Alte Pinakothek

    Just great art

    Barer Straße 27, 80336 Munich, Germany

    A world-class gallery: the Alte Pinakothek (Old Pinakothek) in Munich is home to an outstanding collection...

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    Exterior view of the old and new building of the Lenbachhaus in Munich.
    Lenbachhaus art gallery

    The pure enjoyment of art

    Luisenstraße 33, 80333 Munich, Germany

    The Blue Horse in the golden cube: welcome to the world’s largest collection of artwork by the...

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    Rooftop dome of the rotunda of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
    Pinakothek der Moderne

    Four museums under one roof

    Barer Str. 40, 80333 Munich, Germany

    From Picasso and Warhol to Le Corbusier – the Pinakothek der Moderne (Pinakothek of Modern Art)...

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    A man with glasses and beard is going through the Neue Pinakothek in Munich and is looking at the paintings.
    Neue Pinakothek

    From Goya to Manet

    Barer Straße 29, 80333 Munich, Germany

    “From Goya to Manet” is the motto of the Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek): explore paintings...

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State Museum of Egyptian Art

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The Haus der Kunst in Munich.

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A couple is walking arm in arm through the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and is looking at paintings.

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Entrance of the BMW Museum in Munich in the evening.

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Buddha figure in the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich.

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Painting "Hirtenknabe" by Franz Lenbach on display in the Sammlung Schack in Munich.

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Photo of a painting on display in MUCA, Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art, in Munich.

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View in the direction of Odeonsplatz in Munich with the Kunsthalle München in the foreground

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The main portal of the Ohel Jakob Synagogue at the Jewish centre in Munich.

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Colourful facade of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.

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Exterior view of the Museum Villa Stuck at Prinzregentenstraße in Munich.

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Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

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Closeup of a miniature temple in the Glyptothek in Munich.

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The facade of the Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich.

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Exterior view of a modern museum building

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Blue Horse I by Franz Marc on display at the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

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The painting "Departure" by Max Beckmann

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A wall with graffiti in Munich.

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

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

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

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Neuschwanstein Castle in the surrounding region of Munich.

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Endless Staircase in Munich.

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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