Travel Guide: Munich's Museums

Munich’s art district, called the Kunstareal, is home to a number of the city’s important museums. For example, a grouping of three museums – called the Pinakothek museums – is located here, and displays art from the fourteenth century until modern times. With art from the Rococo era, impressionist works and even modern art, these museums trace the history of art within their walls. The Lenbachhaus showcases a variety of German art. Meanwhile, the city’s largest museum is the Deutsches Museum. A science and technology museum, the Deutsches draws approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. In this video, learns more about the museums found in Munich, Germany.

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Munich’s Kunstareal is the city’s art district, and it houses many of the area’s museums.

Alte Pinakothek

One grouping of museums found here are the Pinakothek museums, each of which focuses on a different time period in European art. The Alte or Old Pinakothek features art from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This museum is also one of the world’s oldest galleries, and is well-respected as one of the most important art collections on the globe. The art is separated by school, and is quite eclectic. Within its walls, visitors can witness the evolution of art from the Middle Ages until the Rococo era. To continue that journey, all they must do is visit the nearby New Pinakothek, which houses works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Neue Pinakothek

This museum was opened in 1853, and is particularly well-known for its collection of impressionist art. The museum was destroyed during World War II, and the current building was finally opened to the public in 1981. Today, it is considered one of the most important museums of nineteenth century art and sculpture in the world.

Pinakothek der Moderne

Finally, as the name suggests, the Pinakothek der Moderne is a modern art museum opened in 2002. One of Europe’s most valuable collections of art from the twentieth century on, this museum is also quite popular with visitors. The building itself is open and airy, featuring large windows and a large rotunda in its center that connects the four wings of the structure.


Also in the art district, the Lenbachhaus is a Tuscan-style villa was initially built as a residence. Sold to the city in 1924, it was four years later that the museum was open to the public. Today, some of the rooms maintain their original design, and so the building is a work if art itself. Inside, the museum features artwork from a variety of German artists, including expressionist as Franz Marc.

Deutsches Museum

Though it is not found in the art district, the Deutsches Museum is another of Munich’s important museums. It is the city’s largest museum, and the world’s largest museum dedicated to science and technology. Founded in 1903, it draws roughly a million and a half visitors each year. The museum’s main building is located on a small island on the Isar River. It features exhibits on a variety of scientific topics, including aerospace and telecommunications.

Whether they are showcasing art that spans over half a millennium or some of the world’s most important technological advances, the museums of Munich are sure to be fascinating to all.

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