Munich is the hub of numerous museums, theatres, and universities and that’s the reason why it is ranked number 30 out of the list of 100 historic destinations around the world by National Geographic Traveller. The city has the mix of both modern and historic architecture as many sites were destroyed during World War II. These were later reconstructed. Museums in Munich are the most sought after stops for any traveler as they outshine in exhibiting the collection of artifacts and other objects of cultural, artistic or scientific importance.
10 Amazing Museums In Munich
Apart from the museums, the city attracts considerable tourism due to various exhibitions, sports events, and architectural sites. Here is the listing of top 10 Munich museums that you should visit during your trip.
1. Deutsches Museum
Deutsches Museum in Munich is a masterpiece of science and technology, exhibiting about 28,000 objects from 50 different fields of science and technology and gets nearly 1.5 million visitors every year. It is one of the largest museums in Munich, founded on 28 June 1903. The museum used to host pop and rock concerts at one point of time, involving big names like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Elton John.
Out of a variety of exhibitions, some of the current permanent exhibits are aerospace, amateur Radio, astronomy, music, paper, physics, printing, pharmacy etc.
Entry fee: INR 950 approx
Timings: 9 am–5 pm.
2. Residenz museum
Munich Residenz museum has been open to the public since 1920, and today, it is listed as one of the most important palace museums of Europe. The building complex has a display of 130 rooms and ten courtyards. The three main sites of the museum are the Festsaalbau (towards Hofgarten), the Königsbau (near to Max-Joseph-Platz) and the Alte Residenz (Old Residenz) where, the visitors get to see the evolving forms of princely self-representation in the ages of humanism the enlightenment, counter-reformation, constitutional monarchy and the divine right of kings. The Munich residence has exquisitely decorated rooms, paintings, tapestries, treasures, furniture, and devotional items, and all of it is still in the place it was created for.
Entry fee: INR 560 approx for Residenz Museum & Treasury, INR 280 approx for Cuvilliés-Theatre and INR 1000 approx for Combined ticket.
Timings: 20 April- October: 9 am-6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
21 October-March: 10 am-5 pm (last entry at 4 pm).
3. Pinakothek der Moderne
Munich museums will undoubtedly leave you out of words when it comes to arts, and the Pinakothek der Moderne is the most visited Munich art museum that exhibits variations from the fields of graphics, design, and architecture. Interestingly, the distinct exhibitions are accompanied by an extensive and inspiring programme of art education and events. The Pinakothek der Moderne museum is a memory and repository of the design and art of the 20th and 21st centuries and simultaneously a forum for discussion on contemporary trends.
Timings: 10 am - 6 pm daily, on Thursdays 10 am - 8 pm and on Mondays, it remains closed.
Entry fee: Regular INR 800 approx, Reduced INR 560 and on Sundays INR 80 approx.
4. Nymphenburg Palace
Nymphenburg Palace was raised as a summer residence for the Wittelsbach in the year 1664. Thousands of visitors come to this baroque palace every year. It is one of the city's top sights and one of the largest royal palaces in Europe. Visiting the palace gives a chance to blend with modern royalty. Nymphenburg Palace is still the home for the Duke of Bavaria. The "Castle of the Nymph" is a significant showpiece of German history and a not-to-miss attraction.
Some of the main attractions here are:
- The Steinerner Saal or a Stone Hall, it is the three-story grand hall that features majestic ceiling frescoes.
- Schönheitengalerie, a small dining room in the central Southern Pavilion.
- Queen Caroline’s bedroom, where King Ludwig II was born, the room features original decor of mahogany furniture from 1815.
- Palace Chapel, the tour finishes at Outer Northern Pavilion that houses the palace chapel. Here one can find large ceiling paintings based on the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
Entry fee: INR 925 approx in summers and INR 680 approx in winters.
Timings: April to mid-October 9 am to 6 pm, Mid-October to March 9 am to 4 pm and some buildings are accessible in summer only.
5. The Munich Stadtmuseum
The Munich Stadtmuseum is the city museum of Munich, located in the former municipal arsenal. It was founded by Ernst von Destouches in 1888. The various displays at the Münchner Stadtmuseum exhibit an inspiring tapestry of the history and culture of Munich city. The exceptionally royal collections here not only feature the paintings, graphic arts, and furniture but also include fashion and toys. Some of the favorites among visitors are the world-famous Morris dancers from the sixteenth century that can be found in "Typically Munich".
Entry fee: INR 560 approx and free for persons under 18.
Timings:10.00 am - 6.00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays and until 8 pm every second Wednesday of the month.
6. The Bavarian National Museum
The Bavarian National Museum is prominently situated in the Prinzregentenstrasse near to Englischer Garten. This museum exhibits the real treasure chest of Bavarian art, culture, and history and offers everything related to art and cultural one could ever wish for. The building of the museum is a piece of art itself. The exhibitions include a wide array of epochs like Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic. As well as materials and crafts like ivory, glass gold and silver.
Entry fee: from INR 320 to INR 640 (depending on what you want to visit) and free for children under 18.
Timings: 10.00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Thursday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm and closed on Mondays.
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7. Beer and Oktoberfest Museum
Munich is well known as the capital of beer - with six breweries, the Oktoberfest and the Hofbräuhaus. Beer and Oktoberfest Museum was opened on 7 September 2005 and is located in the old townhouse since the year 1327. The museum is accessed through a staircase, which is about 500-year-old with 43 steps which extend over four floors. The museum extensively displays the history of beer and the art of brewing paired with the exhibits based on the beer culture along with the history of the Oktoberfest.
Entry fee: INR 500 approx (museum entry only) and INR 760 approx (museum entry and beer tasting)
Timings: 1 pm to 6 pm (Tuesday to Saturday).
8. The Brandhorst Museum
Brandhorst Museum was opened on 21 May 2009, which showcase about 200 exhibits from a collection of modern art of Anette Brandhorst and Udo Fritz-Hermann. The museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of more than 60 works of Cy Twombly and around 100 works of Andy Warhol, making it the largest Twombly collection holder outside the United States of America. One can also get to see some of the works of other modern artists like Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis and Mario Merz.
Entry fee: Regular admission INR 560 approx, Reduced INR 400 approx and INR 80 approx on Sundays.
9. BMW Museum
The BMW Museum is an automobile museum that displays the history of BMW motors. It is located near the Olympiapark. The museum was opened shortly after the Summer Olympics in 1973. The museum shows the possible variations of the engines, turbines, motorcycles, and aircraft etc. Besides, the actual models there is a display of futuristic and conceptual studies from the last 20 years.
Entry fee: INR 720 approx, children up to 18 years: INR 480 approx.
Timings: BMW Welt is free to visit, 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10 am to 8 pm on weekends and closed on Mondays.
10. Haus der Kunst
Haus der Kunst is a contemporary non-collecting art museum. It houses a vast building known as the icon of ideological power. A museum was established as a monument of Nazi architecture, which is now the habitat of progressive contemporary art. The museum was proposed to keep alive the concept of inspired looking and thinking.
Entry fee: INR 1120 approx and free for children under 12.
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm( Monday to Sunday), and 10 am to 10 pm on Thursdays.
Germany is full of museums that can put you under a trance. Your trip to Germany will never be complete without a sightseeing tour of these historical places. Anyhow, this was the list of some of the best museums in Munich, and you can contact TravelTriangle to bag great deals and discounts to enjoy the exhibits here, along with the other things like sightseeing and activities. So, what are you waiting for?
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