Historical museums for newcomers

Archäologisches Staatssammlung
The central state museum for the prehistory and early history of Bavaria examines 120,000 years of settlement history – from the first appearance of humans to the time of Charles the Great – using original everyday and art objects.
›› Lehel, Lerchenfeld Str. 2, Tel. 2 11 24 02

Deutsches Theatermuseum
Documents theater history in Munich, Bavaria and Germany using a wide variety of exhibitions, such as in-character portraits, theater photographs, props, costumes and director’s books. No permanent exhibition but temporary exhibitions that are well worth seeing are staged regularly.
›› Altstadt, Galerie Str. 4a, Hofgartenarkaden, Tel. 2 10 69 10

Jüdisches Museum
The first plans were made to build a Jewish museum in Munich as early as 1928; it was opened in 2007. Multifaceted insights into Jewish life, history, art and culture in Munich await visitors on three floors of exhibition space; temporary and changing exhibitions.
›› Altstadt, St.-Jakobs-Platz 16, Tel. 233-9 60 96

Münchner Stadtmuseum
Since June 2008, the permanent exhibition called “Typisch München!” (Typical Munich!) has been illustrating the cultural history of Munich, originally to mark the city’s 850th birthday; also a fashion collection, puppet theater collection, musical instrument collection and film museum as well as interesting temporary exhibitions.
›› Altstadt, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, Tel. 233-2 23 70
›› Filmmuseum, Tel. 233-2 23 48
›› www.muenchner-stadtmuseum.de

Völkerkunde Museum
Lehel, Maximilian Str. 42, Tel. 2 10 13 61 00


Museums for art & culture

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
For more than 150 years, this museum for art and art history has contained varied collections from the areas of art, craftwork and folklore from the Early and Late Middle Ages to Classicism and art nouveau. The highlight is the artistically most valuable and extensive crib collection in the world.
›› Lehel, Prinzregenten Str. 3, Tel. 2 11 24 01

Glyptothek & Antikensammlung
In the Classical Glyptothek, Munich’s oldest museum, you can find an impressive collection of Greek and Roman sculpture such as the famous Barberini Faun. In the Classical collection directly opposite, you can discover treasures of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art, such as jewelry, ceramics and terracotta objects.
›› Maxvorstadt, Königsplatz
›› Glyptothek, Tel. 28 61 00
›› Antikensammlungen, Tel. 599 888 30
›› www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de

Haus der Kunst
Alternating international exhibitions of classical modern art and contemporary art in the world-famous museum building.
›› Lehel, Prinzregenten Str. 1, Tel. 211 27-113

Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
Temporary exhibitions ranging from the ancient world to modern times.
›› Altstadt, Theatiner Str. 8, Tel. 22 44 12

Museum Brandhorst
As an architectural pièce de résistance, the Brandhorst Museum takes its place very elegantly in the ensemble of the Munich art scene. It is already a real eye-catcher from the outside, with a polychromatic facade that lets the museum building appear differently, depending on the perspective. In the interior, the works of selected 20th-century artists as well as contemporary art can be found on a total of three floors. All the pieces exhibited here belongto the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Brandhorst, including prominent artists such as Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz West and Damien Hirst.
›› Maxvorstadt, Kunstareal München, Theresien Str. 35a

More than 700 important paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries in the Alte (Old) Pinakothek, European art of the 19th century in the Neue (New) Pinakothek, and four museums covering the areas of art, graphics, architecture and design in the 20th and 21st centuries under one roof in the Modern Pinakothek.
›› Alte Pinakothek, Maxvorstadt, Barer Str. 27, Tel. 23 805-216
›› Neue Pinakothek, Maxvorstadt, Barer Str. 29, Tel. 23 805-195
›› Pinakothek der Moderne, Maxvorstadt, Barer Str. 40, Tel. 23 805-360
›› Sundays 1 Euro
›› www.pinakotheken-muenchen.de

Stylish rooms from four centuries, special collections.
›› Altstadt, Residenz Str. 1, Tel. 2 90 67-1

The museum presents the collection of Count Schack: German paintings of the 19th century.
›› Lehel, Prinzregenten Str. 9, Tel. 23 80 52 24

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau
The Tuscan-style villa, which is the home of the German portrait painter Franz von Lenbach bequest as well as the unique collection of the Blaue Reiter, is undergoing extensive renovations that are scheduled to last until summer 2012; as a result, it is not open for the public. Temporary exhibitions of Classical modern and contemporary artists are shown in the arts building, a subterranean exhibition hall on the mezzanine of the Königsplatz subway station.
›› Maxvorstadt, Kunstbau: Königsplatz/­U-Bahn Zwischengeschoss, Tel. 2 33-3 20 00

Villa Stuck
Changing exhibitions of art from all genres, especially art deco and the time from the 19th century to the present.
›› Lehel, Prinzregenten Str. 60, Tel. 455 55 10

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The most curious museums

Bier- und Oktoberfest Museum
Beer and Oktoberfest – two things that are inseparable. In the oldest public hall in the city, visitors can learn exciting, historical and funny facts about these subjects, which are a matter of life and death for real Munich citizens. The tour is recommended.
›› More informations about the beer museum
›› Altstadt, Stern­ecker Str. 2, Tel. 24 23 16 07

The only museum in the world that is dedicated to the potato in terms of art and art history.
›› Berg am Laim, Grafinger Str. 2, Tel. 40 40 50, Eintritt frei

Antique toys from America and Europe, from Steiff teddy bears to model railroads, over 4 floors in the old city hall tower.
›› Altstadt, Marienplatz 15, Tel. 29 40 01

Established in honour of the Munich folk singer and comedian Karl Valentin and his companion Liesl Karlstadt.
›› Alt­stadt, Tal 50, Tel. 22 32 66

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Museums for nature & technology

BMW Museum
With historic automobiles, motorcycles, racing bikes and engines, the collection offers an impressive, multimedia-based cross-section of the BMW product history from 1916 until today.
›› Milbertshofen, Am Olympiapark 2, Tel. 0 18 02/11 88 22

Deutsches Museum
One of the most important natural science/technical museums in the world, with over 100,000 pieces, including the first motorized airplane of the Wright brothers and the first program-controlled computer.
›› Deutsches Museum, Isarvorstadt, Museumsinsel 1, Tel. 21 79-1
›› Verkehrszentrum, Ludwigsvorstadt, Theresienhöhe 14a, Tel. 500 806-7 62
›› Flugwerft Schleißheim, Oberschleißheim, Effner Str. 18, Tel. 31 57 14-0

Museum Mensch und Natur
Includes planetary systems, history of the earth, human biology and the environment.
›› Nymphenburg, Schloss Nymphenburg, Tel. 17 95 89-0

Museum Reich der Kristalle
Visitors can look forward to high-carat treasures such as diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones. A total of 20,000 fascinating exhibits are presented, including the famous King Ludwig Diamond; in addition, you can learn all about the origins and properties of the twinkling little stones.
›› Maxvorstadt, Theresien Str. 41, Tel. 21 80 43 12

Paläontologisches Museum
Skeletons of dinosaurs and mammals from long-gone eras.
›› Maxvorstadt, Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, Tel. 21 80 66 30

Siemens Forum
Discover the world of electronics. Besides milestones in Siemens’ history and new special exhibitions, you can attend seminars and discussions.
›› Maxvorstadt, Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 20, Tel. 6 36-3 26 60

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