Munich is home to many museums, theaters and universities and that is why it has been ranked 30th in the list of 100 historical sites around the world by National Geographic Traveller. The city has a mix of both modern and historical architecture as many sites were destroyed during World War II. Later they were rebuilt. museums in munich These are the most sought after stops for any traveler as they are better at showcasing collections of artifacts and other items of cultural, artistic or scientific importance.
10 amazing museums in Munich
In addition to museums, the city attracts considerable tourism due to various exhibitions, sporting events and architectural sites. Here is a list of the top 10 Munich museums that you should visit during your visit.
1. German Museum
The Deutsches Museum in Munich is a masterpiece of science and technology, exhibiting approximately 28,000 objects from 50 different fields of science and technology and receiving approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. It is one of the largest museums in Munich, founded on 28 June 1903. The museum once hosted pop and rock concerts, featuring big names like Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Elton John.
Among the variety of exhibitions, some of the current permanent exhibits are aerospace, amateur radio, astronomy, music, paper, physics, printing, pharmacy etc.
entrance fees: around 950 rupees
Time: From 9 am to 5 pm.
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2. Residence Museum
The Munich Residenz Museum has been open to the public since 1920, and today, it is listed as one of the most important palace museums in Europe. The building complex exhibits 130 rooms and ten courtyards. The three main sites of the museum are the Festsaalbau (towards the Hofgarten), the Königsbau (near Max-Joseph-Platz) and the Alte Residenz (Old Residenz), where visitors can see the evolving forms of self-representation of the principalities. The age of humanism, the Enlightenment, the Counter-Reformation, constitutional monarchy and the divine right of kings. The Munich residence contains exquisitely decorated rooms, paintings, tapestries, treasures, furniture and devotional objects, and all of it is still in the place for which it was built.
entrance fees: Around Rs 560 for the Residenz Museum and Treasury, around Rs 280 for the Cuvilliés-Theater and around Rs 1000 for a combined ticket.
Time: April 20-October: 9 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
21 October-March: 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm).
3. Pinakothek der Moderne
Munich museums will undoubtedly leave you at a loss for words when it comes to art, and the Pinakothek der Moderne is the most visited Munich art museum showcasing a variety of the fields of graphics, design and architecture. Interestingly, as well as specific exhibitions, there is also an extensive and inspiring program of art education and events. The Pinakothek der Moderne museum is a memory and repository of 20th and 21st century design and art as well as a forum for discussion of contemporary trends.
Time: It is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm and closed on Mondays.
entrance fees: Around Rs 800 on regular basis, reduced to Rs 560 and around Rs 80 on Sundays.
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4. Nymphenburg Palace
Nymphenburg Palace was established as a summer residence for the Wittelsbachs in the year 1664. This Baroque palace is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is one of the top sights of the city and one of the largest royal palaces in Europe. Visiting the palace provides a chance to mingle with modern royalty. Nymphenburg Palace is still the home of the Dukes of Bavaria. The “Castle of the Nymphs” is an important showpiece of German history and an attraction not to be missed.
Here are some of the main attractions:
- Steinerner Saal or Stone Hall, is a three-storey grand hall with majestic ceiling frescoes.
- Beauties Gallery, a small dining room in the central southern pavilion.
- Queen Caroline’s Bedroom, where King Ludwig II was born, the room has its original mahogany furniture from 1815.
- Palace Chapel The tour ends in the outer northern pavilion which houses the palace chapel. Here you can see large ceiling paintings based on the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
entrance fees: Around Rs 925 in summer and around Rs 680 in winter.
Time: April to mid-October 9am to 6pm, mid-October to March 9am to 4pm and some buildings are accessible only in summer.
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5. Munich City Museum
The Munich Stadtmuseum is the city museum of Munich, located in the former municipal armory. It was founded in 1888 by Ernst von Destouches. The various exhibits at the Münchner Stadtmuseum display an inspiring tapestry of the history and culture of the city of Munich. The extraordinary royal collection here includes not only paintings, graphic arts and furniture, but also fashion and toys. Some of the favorites among visitors are the world famous Morris dancers of the sixteenth century who can be found “typically in Munich”.
entrance fees: Around Rs 560 and free for persons below 18 years of age.
Time:Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 6.00pm, closed on Mondays and 8pm every second Wednesday of the month.
6. Bavarian National Museum
The Bavarian National Museum is prominently located on Prinzregentenstrasse near the Englischer Garten. This museum displays a true treasure trove of Bavarian art, culture and history and offers everything related to art and culture that one could wish for. The museum building is a piece of art in itself. Exhibitions cover a wide range of eras such as Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic. As well as materials and crafts such as ivory, glass, gold and silver.
entrance fees: Ranging from Rs 320 to Rs 640 (depending on where you want to go) and free for children below 18 years.
Time: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Thursday 9.30 am to 8.00 pm and closed on Monday.
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7. Beer and Oktoberfest Museum
Munich is known as the capital of beer – with six breweries, Oktoberfest and Hofbräuhaus. The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum was opened on 7 September 2005 and is located in an old townhouse from the year 1327. The museum is accessed through a staircase, which is approximately 500 years old, with 43 steps that extend up to four floors. The museum extensively displays the history of beer and the art of brewing with exhibits based on the history of Oktoberfest as well as beer culture.
entrance fees: Around Rs 500 (only museum entry) and around Rs 760 (museum entry and beer tasting)
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm (Tuesday to Saturday).
8. Brandhorst Museum
The Brandhorst Museum was opened on 21 May 2009, displaying approximately 200 exhibits from the collection of modern art of Annette Brandhorst and Udo Fritz-Hermann. The museum displays an extensive collection of over 60 works by Cy Twombly and nearly 100 works by Andy Warhol, making it the largest holder of the Twombly collection outside the United States. Some works by other modern artists such as Joseph Beuys, Janis Kounellis and Mario Merz can also be seen here.
entrance fees: Regular admission is around Rs 560, admission is around Rs 400 and Sunday admission is around Rs 80.
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9. BMW Museum
The BMW Museum is an automobile museum that exhibits the history of BMW Motors. It is located near Olympiapark. The museum was opened in 1973, shortly after the Summer Olympics. The museum shows possible variations of engines, turbines, motorcycles and aircraft etc. In addition, real models demonstrate futuristic and conceptual studies of the last 20 years.
entrance fees: Around Rs 720, Children up to 18 years: Around Rs 480.
Time: Visiting the BMW Welt is free, open from 9am to 6pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10am to 8pm on weekends and closed on Mondays.
10. House of Art
The Haus der Kunst is a contemporary non-collecting art museum. It has a huge building which is known as a symbol of ideological power. A museum was established as a memorial to Nazi architecture, which is now home to progressive contemporary art. The museum was proposed to keep alive the concept of inspiring seeing and thinking.
entrance fees: Around Rs 1120 and free for children below 12 years.
Time: 10 AM to 8 PM (Monday to Sunday), and 10 AM to 10 PM on Thursday.
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Germany is full of museums that may astound you. Your trip to Germany will never be complete without a sightseeing tour of these historical places. Anyhow, this was a list of some of the best museums in Munich, and you can contact TourTravelHotels to get great deals and discounts to enjoy the exhibits here along with other things like sightseeing tours and activities. So what are you waiting for?
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