Top 5 Best Museums to visit Munich
Munich is said to be a historical city and has more than 80 museums to tell its story. The collections in these museums are range from prehistoric to modern contemporary art.
If you love mummies and other Egyptian relics, love the sight and feel of being in a royal palace, adore fine art, curious about Nazi history or love your beer, Munich has it all.
The museums vary in size, some may take you the whole day while others a few hours and you have seen it all. There are several exhibition halls and galleries to explore too.
With all these options it may be hard to know which one to choose that will be worth your while. This is why I have a list of the top 5 best museums to visit while in Munich and why.
1. Alte Pinakothek Museum
This museum is located close to Munich’s English garden. The museum is made up of three other museums that separately highlight a different period of European Art.
Alte Pinakothek has an exhibition of more than 800 original European Masterpieces from the middle ages to the end of the Rococo period.
This gallery is one of the largest and best sites with artefacts and was built in 1836. This was done to replace the older gallery that needed more display space since their collection was increasing.
This museum has been attributed as the magnum opus of architectural proportion. Galleries in Rome and Brussels have emulated the design of this gallery.
The collections inside this museum include old Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, Italian artworks from the 14th to 18th centuries and other collections from medieval German paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The most outstanding collection in this museum is the Reubens Collection. It is one of the largest representing Spanish and French masterpieces.
Address: Barer Str. 27, 80333 München
Website: Alte Pinakothek
2. Treasury of the Munich Residenz Museum
Second, on the list, is the Treasury of the Munich Residenz Museum. It has artefacts put together by the Dukes and electors of Bavaria.
This museum has over the centuries, become one of the largest, most valuable and important collection centres. The precious collection includes bronze works, clocks, tapestries and porcelain.
The castle was built in 1835 and has 130 lavish rooms and 10 immaculate courtyards.
It was founded by Duke Albrecht V in the 16th century and has valuable artefacts from Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, and Mannheim, these artefacts were there during the reign of Karl Theodor.
Other items added to the collection include the 19th-century insignia of the Kingdom of Bavaria.
The collections have been displayed in over ten rooms that have been themed. In one of them, you can find the prayer book from AD 860, a religious relic from AD 1000 belonging to Queen Gisela, an exquisite statue of St. George from 1599 and many other rare items from outside Europe.
The palace got damaged during WWII and a thorough restoration process was done in 1980 to get it back to its former glory.
Address: Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München
Website: Munich Residenz
3. Deutsches Museum
Deutsches Museum is a masterpiece of science and technology. It has an exhibition of about 30,000 artefacts from 50 different fields of science and technology.
An estimated 1.5 million people visit the museum every year. It is one of the largest museums in size in Munich and was instituted on 28 June 1903.
Pop and Rock concerts by big artists in Germany and Europe used to be held at the Museum.
Some of the exhibitions include aerospace, amateur Radio, astronomy, music, paper, physics, photography, printing, and pharmacy.
There are daily interactive demonstrations of historical events at the museum. The young ones are not left out either, the Kids kingdom, is an interactive section filled with kid friendly activities.
Address: Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München
Website: Deutsches Museum
4. Museum Brandhorst
This is an art museum that showcases modern and contemporary works. The façade of the building is made up of at least 30,000 glazed ceramic rods in more than 20 different colours.
The temporary exhibits at the museum attract a permanent collection of 1,200 masterpieces that date back to the mid-1950s to the present time.
A look inside will expose you to more than 170 works by American painter and sculptor Cy Twombly, together with other rare pieces by Andy Warhol.
Works by other artists that are in the museum include Ed Ruscha, Keith Haring, Louise Lawler and Albert Oehlen.
The Museum was opened on 21 May 2009. Some of the other pieces showcased are over 200 artworks from a collection of modern art of Anette Brandhorst and Udo Fritz-Hermann.
There are other complete collections from modern artists like Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis and Mario Merz.
Brandhorst Museum is defined by its wide-open galleries and vast white walls.
English language audio guides are available.
Address: Theresienstraße 35a, 80333 München
Website: Museum Brandhorst
5. Bavarian National Museum
The Bavarian National Museum was founded by King Maximilian in 1855. It is located on royal Prinzregentenstrasse. This museum is home to the cultural and historical treasures of Bavaria.
The historical art collection featured here is art and sculptures from the Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic ages.
Its folklore collection has traditional Bavarian furniture, pottery, costumes, and religious folklore. Other interesting areas include the displays of woodcarvings with century-old Nativity scenes and cribs.
Address: Prinzregentenstrasse 3, 80538 Munich
Website: Bavarian National Museum