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Best Museums in Munich

You’ll find over 80 museums in Munich. Often it’s a gauge of the level of culture in a society — the quality of the museums that capture its past. If that’s the case, then Munich has a very high level of sophistication as the museums are very good indeed. There are museums and galleries here ranging from world famous institutions such as the Deutsche Museum to institutions which, well, just are not — such as Kartoffelmuseum (yes, potato museum).

In Munich’s many museum and galleries you can view Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings from the Middle Ages, Egyptian art, aviation history and of course potatoes.

Being Munich, prices can be a bit upscale, but there are also museums you can get your cultural fix on a budget. The Museum of Man and Nature for example only costs €1 to get in.

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Top 10 Museums in Munich, Germany

  • Munich Stadtmuseum (City Museum of Munich) has large and fascinating displays showing the establishment and history of Munich. Learn about the devastation of WW2 and subsequent reconstruction. There are also exhibits on film, photography, music and the rise of Nazism.
  • The Deutsche Museum has a huge range of exhibits covering everything from the environment to musical instruments to robotics. It is the largest museum of science and technology in the world and definitely deserves a visit.
  • Opened in 2009, the Brandhorst Museum is a repository of modern art and houses more than 700 works in a new and colourful building. Highlights include more than 100 of Andy Warhol’s paintings.
  • The Munich Museum of Man and Nature is housed in the Nympenburg Palace and devoted to natural history. Darwin and Mendel are kings here and emphasis is put on trying to follow evolution. Free entrance on Sunday!
  • For art lovers visit the Three Pinakotheken. Alte Pinakothek, (European masters from the 14th to 18th centuries). The Neue Pinakothek (Impressionism). The Pinakothek der Moderne (a vast collection that includes paintings and industrial design.
  • Dig up the history on the humble potato at the Kartoffelmuseum. It’s not as silly as it sounds, as there’s a lot of interesting scientific facts, and the potato does play a large part in Bavarian cuisine. It has just the right balance of quirkiness and information to hold interest.
  • The Residenz Museum is housed within the Munich Residenz, the main palace where Bavaria's royalty once ruled. The building itself is a work of art; other highlights include the Antiquarium, and Gallery of Ancestors which holds 121 portraits of past rulers.
  • Founded in 1855, the Bavarian National Museum houses a collection of medieval German sculpture and tapestries. Also you’ll get to see large collections of clocks, porcelain, glass, and art.
  • Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum is probably not for animal lovers unless your idea of loving is hunting and killing them. Still, hunting and the outdoors has been a cultural part of Germany, especially Bavaria so why not a museum? Here you’ll discover displays of weapons, hunting techniques and dead animals.

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The Three Pinakotheken in Munich, Germany

  • These three galleries are located in the Kunstareal (literally “art district”) an area which features a number of museums and galleries. Alte Pinakothek is the home to the old masters and established in 1836 is one of the oldest galleries in the world. A highlight is the largest collection of German paintings (14th–17th century) in the world.
  • The Neue Pinakothek was founded by Ludwig I in 1853 but the original building was badly damaged in WW2 and its ruins demolished in 1949. Highlights include an extensive Impressionist collection, including important German works such as Boys Bathing (Max Liebermann).
  • Pinakothek der Moderne is fittingly enough fairly new, having opened in 2002. It was established to house art of the 20th century which had until then been relegated to small Munich exhibitions or galleries. You’ll find important modernist works by the likes of Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, and David Hockney. There are also exhibits on modern design, architecture and new media.