With more than 80 museums in Munich you can’t visit them all. Here are our favorites:
Museumsinsel 1 deutsches-museum.de
Daily 9am – 5pm € 11, € 7 reduced, € 4 school kids
This is the world’s largest science and technology museum and not to be missed. With too many halls and floors decked with hands-on displays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed so pick subjects like mining or electric power before diving in. There is also a great area for kids with a massive marble run and giant guitar. Please be aware though, because of massive expansion the cars and trains are now in a separate museum in a different side of town, as are the majority of the airplanes!
RESIDENZ MUSEUM & TREASURY
Max-Joseph-Platz 3 residenz-muenchen.de
Daily 9am – 6pm peak season € 13, € 10.50 reduced, Under 18 free
The former residence of the royal Wittelsbach family is now a labyrinth of impressive halls, chambers and collections. Not to be missed are the royal treasury and impressive rococo Cuvillies Theater, so the above prices are for this combo ticket.
THE OLD PINAKOTHEK
Barer Straße 27 pinakothek.de
We – Su 10am – 6pm, Tu 10am – 8pm € 4, € 2 reduced
Between the Old, New, and Modern Pinakotheken and the affiliated Brandhorst Museum and Schack collection it’s hard to pick a favorite. But with da Vinci, Rubens, Raphael, Rembrandt and Dürer pieces on display this one edges out. There are some closures within the museum while it’s under refurbishment during the first part of 2018, but that’s why the price is also reduced. After July 2018 the prices should go back to €7 regular and € 5 reduced.
Pro tip: if you’re looking to kill a rainy half-day or take in more than just one of the famous Pinakotheken, get a day ticket for € 12. It’s an amazing deal. Even more amazing is that kids under 18 are free in all the Pinakotheken as well as the affiliated Brandhorst and Schack collections.
HAUS DER KUNST
Prinzregentenstraße 1 hausderkunst.de
Mo – Su 10am – 8pm, Th 10am – 10pm € 8, € 6 reduced, € 5 under 18
This modern art museum with temporary exhibits houses “degenerate” art Hitler had shunned when he had this museum commissioned. Given its fascist exterior design and this very “un-fascist” use of the space inside, this contrast alones makes it worth a visit. The museum is also at the start of the beautiful English Garden park and adjacent to Munich’s famous urban surfing wave, so makes for a nice jumping-off point for enjoying Munich’s outdoors as well.
Prinzregentenstraße 1 bmw-welt.com/en
Tu – Su 10am – 6pm, € 10, € 7 reduced
For a little something different, the BMW Museum offers giddy child-like joy to car and motorcycle enthusiasts. The museum has recently gone through some much-needed renovations and a facelift. The unique spiraling layout though remains the same.
While you’re there, check out the adjacent BMW Welt for a free showcase of the newest BMWs on the market. Also, you’re just a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park, so leave time to enjoy its incredible architecture, layout, and memorial to the victims of the 1972 Game’s terrorist attack.