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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    View of the colourful facade of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, consisting of 36,000 coloured rods.
    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...

A photo of the inscription "Deutsches Museum" at the entrance to the museum in Munich.

Be amazed and join in

Deutsches Museum

The Deutsche Museum in Munich is one of the largest and most traditional science and technology museums in the world.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Deutsches Museum now houses one of the most important natural science and technology collections.

Exhibits at the Ägyptische Museum in Munich.

The world of the pharaohs

State Museum of Egyptian Art

Explore Munich’s Egyptian Museum, which covers 5,000 years of Ancient Egyptian art and culture.

The State Museum of Egyptian Art is the only museum outside of Egypt which is solely dedicated to ancient Egyptian exhibits.

The Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Modern and contemporary

Haus der Kunst

One of the world’s leading art museums without a permanent collection of its own.

Haus der Kunst at Prinzregentenstraße is one of the world’s leading art museums without a permanent collection of its own and with a focus on contemporary art.

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

Just great art

Alte Pinakothek

A world-class gallery: the Alte Pinakothek in Munich is home to an outstanding collection of European paintings.

A world-class gallery: the Alte Pinakothek in Munich is home to an outstanding collection of European paintings, stretching from the 14th to the 18th century.

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

From Goya to Picasso

Neue Pinakothek

Explore paintings and sculptures, ranging from the late 1700s, through the 1800s all the way to the early 20th century.

“From Goya to Picasso” is the motto of the Neue Pinakothek: explore paintings and sculptures, ranging from the late 1700s, through the 1800s all the way to the early 20th century.

A family is standing in the highest floor of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and is talking to each other.

Four museums under one roof

Pinakothek der Moderne

From Picasso and Warhol to Le Corbusier – the Pinakothek der Moderne is one of Europe’s largest venues for modern art.

From Picasso and Warhol to Le Corbusier – meet one of Europe’s largest venues for modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.

Exterior view of the NS Documentation Centre in Munich.

Centre for learning and remembrance

NS-Dokumentationszentrum

The permanent exhibition “Munich and National Socialism” stretches over four floors.

The former headquarters of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party on Königsplatz in Munich is now home to the city’s NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation centre for the history of national socialism).

The Glypothek at Königsplatz in Munich in autumn.

Temple of art at its best

Glyptothek

The grand temple on Königsplatz is one of the world’s most important museums for the antique era.

A fine collection of the antique era: The grand temple on Königsplatz is one of the world’s most important museums for Greek and Roman sculptures.

Entrance of the BMW Museum in Munich in the evening.

A must for car lovers

BMW Museum

In a building lovingly known as the “Weisswurstkessel” (“sausage pot”) BMW tells the story of its history as a vehicle manufacturer.

In a building lovingly known as the “Weisswurstkessel” (“sausage pot”) BMW tells the story of its history as a vehicle manufacturer.

Buddha figure in the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich.

Cultural riches from all over the world

Museum Fünf Kontinente

From bead work by the Sioux to artistically painted paddles from the Solomon Islands.

From bead work by the Sioux to artistically painted paddles from the Solomon Islands: This museum provides cultural riches from all over the world.

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

The treasures of Schack

Sammlung Schack

With world-renowned pieces from the late Romantic period, the Sammlung Schack is a jewel in the crown of Munich’s museum scene.

Franz von Lenbach’s “Hirtenknabe” (Shepherd Boy) and Moritz von Schwind’s paintings “Rübezahl”: the Sammlung Schack is a jewel in the crown of Munich's museum scene.

Porcelain on display in the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory in Munich.

Perfect craftmanship

Museum Nymphenburger Porzellan

Schloss Nymphenburg is home to the world’s only collection of Nymphenburg porcelain.

Schloss Nymphenburg is home to the world’s only collection of Nymphenburg porcelain. Over 1,000 valuable exhibits are on display.

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

Street art goes museum

Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art

The Museum for Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA), the first of its kind in Germany, opened in Munich's inner city.

Just a stone's throw away from Marienplatz, the Museum for Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA), the first of its kind in Germany, opened in a former municipal substation.

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

From antiquity to the present

Kunsthalle Munich

The Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Cultural Foundation) is one of Germany’s leading exhibition venues.

The Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Cultural Foundation) is one of Germany’s leading exhibition venues and therefore an important part of Munich’s cultural life.

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

Insight into Jewish life and culture

Jewish Museum

An insight into the history of Munich – from a Jewish perspective.

The Jewish Museum at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz provides an insight into the history of Munich – from a Jewish perspective.

View of the colourful facade of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, consisting of 36,000 coloured rods.

From Andy Warhol to Cy Twombly

Museum Brandhorst

The Museum Brandhorst wows its visitors with an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.

Hidden behind its spectacular facade, the Museum Brandhorst wows its visitors with an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.

Trachtler sit on the beer bench and drink beer from jugs in Munich.

A must for beer fans

Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

Where does Bavaria's famous “Mass“ of beer come from? How did Oktoberfest become the world's biggest folk festival?

Where does Bavaria's famous “Mass“ of beer come from? How did Oktoberfest develop from a horse race into the world's biggest folk festival?

The equestrian statue of Prince Regent Luitpold in front of the Bayerische Nationalmuseum in Munich early in the evening.

From late antiquity to Art Nouveau

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

The Bayerische Nationalmuseum on Prinzregentenstrasse is one of the largest art and cultural history museums in Europe.

This museum houses the art collections of the Wittelsbach family. It is one of the largest art and cultural history museums in Europe.

Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum in München.

Exciting insights

Jagd- und Fischereimuseum

The German Hunting and Fishing Museum is one of the most important museums devoted to hunting in the world.

The German Hunting and Fishing Museum has been situated in Munich’s pedestrian zone since 1966. Today it is one of the most important museums devoted to hunting in the world.

Historic aircraft stand in the hangar of the Flugwerft Schleißheim of the German Museum

From wooden aircraft to missiles

Flugwerft Schleissheim Aviation Museum

In the Flugwerft Schleißheim of the Deutsches Museum, more than 70 flying objects can be marvelled at in two halls.

More than 70 flying objects can be marvelled at in the Flugwerft Schleißheim - from modern fighter jets to historic wooden planes, there is something for young and old.

Exterior view of the Villa Stuck in Munich

Home of the master painter

Museum Villa Stuck

Franz von Stuck’s villa is one of the most important artist’s residences in Europe.

At home with a master painter: Franz von Stuck’s villa on Prinzregentenstrasse in Munich is one of the most important artist’s residences in Europe.

Closeup of a miniature temple in the Glyptothek in Munich.

Journey back to classical art

Staatliche Antikensammlungen

One of the world’s most important collections of Greek, Roman and Etruscan minor art.

One of the world’s most important collections of Greek, Roman and Etruscan minor art: the Staatliche Antikensammlungen on Königsplatz square.

The facade of the Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich.

That's how it used to be in Munich

Münchner Stadtmuseum

Currently closed // The city museum takes its visitors on a journey into the past of Munich.

Currently closed // The city museum in the immediate proximity of the Viktualienmarkt takes its visitors on a journey into the past of Munich.

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

The pure enjoyment of art

Lenbachhaus art gallery

Welcome to the world’s largest collection of artwork by the “Blaue Reiter” (Blue Rider) group.

The Blue Horse in the golden cube: in the historic villa of the master painter Franz von Lenbach, you can explore the world’s largest collection of artwork by the “Blaue Reiter” (Blue Rider) group.

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

Munich Podcasts

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.

A man and two women, one of whom has a small child on her lap, in a sitting position but without a seat in a room lined with red granite.

A sneak preview of Munich's 2024 gallery exhibitions

Hungry for art

You'll definitely want to catch these exhibitions in Munich's museums and galleries in 2024!

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 2024!

A wall with graffiti in Munich.

The writing's on the wall

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.

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

Royal 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.

Hiking guide

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.

Art in public spaces

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

Munich's Palace of Justice

Justizpalast Tour

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Book now for only 20€ !

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

New Town Hall Tour

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 20 €

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

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!

Exterior view of the Hofbräuhaus Munich at dusk.

Hofbräuhaus Tour

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Book for 28€, Mass beer included!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Towers at Marienplatz in Munich

Old Town Tour

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Book now for 18 €!

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Wort kettle at the Spaten brewery in Munich.

Spaten Brewery Tour

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

Book now for only 22 €!

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

A woman with varnished fingernails holds a gift with the inscription "simply Munich".

Vouchers

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

Buy vouchers from 6,50 €

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

A stone jug with the inscription Oktoberfest Munich.

Order now!

Oktoberfest Shop

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.