A few weeks ago I was leafing through an old New Yorker magazine in the lobby of my hotel in Bratislava (check out Hotel No. 16 on my Bratislava page!) when I came across an article about the recently opened Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich. That article's description of the museum piqued my interest and planted the seed for my sojourn to Munich a couple of weekends later. A striking white monolith of a building housing collections of modern and contemporary art: I figured the visit here would be a highlight of my visit to Munich. I was not disappointed.
The Pinakothek Der Moderne actually houses four museums, focusing on art, works on paper, design, and architecture. The works are nicely spaced and many items are arranged in unique ways. Although when I saw my first computer (Apple Iic) displayed as a museum piece in the design section, I felt a bit old (and nostalgic)!
The building, designed Stephan Braunfels and opened in 2002, is held together by a large rotunda in the middle, with stairways and walkways leading to the various museums. This setup is a little disconcerting at first, as I found myself moving from one collection into another without warning. But the building itself is a marvel to look at, with the white curves of the walls and steps mixing with the glass of the windows and the art contained within.
Even if modern and contemporary art is not your thing, take advantage of the free Sunday admission to give this museum a look. And get there in the morning before the crowds arrive! (See my travelogue for more pictures.)
Built in the late 1800s, the Bayerisches National Museum complex houses a large number of permanent exhibits on the history of Bavaria, which mimics various architectural styles so that the objects can be displayed in their original settings. For example, some beautiful stained glass windows are displayed in a small circular room reminiscent of a medieval cloister.
During my visit, I saw a wonderful temporary exhibit of toys, doll houses, miniatures, etc. from Bavaria through the ages. It is a delightful journey into the past through the toys and games of children of the period. Unfortunately, the exhibit is scheduled to end on February 29, 2004, but last I heard, it was going to be extended another month or so. Check with the museum.
The Haus Der Kunst holds a number of rotating contemporary art exhibitions, in a building which was commissioned by Hitler in 1933 to replace the Glass Palace of the old botanical gardens, which burned down in 1931. The interior was renovated in 1994, and the austere exterior hides excellent interior viewing spaces, with skylights to allow natural light into the galleries during the daytime hours.
During my visit I saw an interesting exhibition by the musician Patti Smith, which unfortunately ends on February 29, 2004. Some of her poetry and artwork based on her 9-11 experience are touching, personal works. And I could have sat and watched the video of her recent Munich performance for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, you have to buy separate tickets for each of the various exhibitions. You can purchase a combination ticket for two exhibits at a lower price. So check the website and decide which exhibitions you would like to see in advance. You can also peruse the exhibit catalogues at the entrance before deciding what you would like to see.
This collection of dancing Moors, created by Erasmus Grasser in year 1480 - is said to be among the Stadtmuseumýs greatest treasures - a thing that itýs hard to dispute!
Grasser created eighteen dancing figures, carved from lime wood, in very expressive poses, which all surrounded a nineteenth figure - that on a woman. Just ten of the nineteen pieces - which were originally used as a decoration of the ballroom of the Old City Hall - have survived and can be seen.
The Stadtmuseum - or Municipal Museum in English - on the northern edge of the unfinished St. Jakobsplatz consists of six different historical areas, amongst them the arsenal (built in 1491-93 by Lucas Rottaler) and the royal stables, both constructed from the models made as far back in time as the 15th century. Themes of the collections are peopleýs life (of all social ranks and historical times) and the city of Munichýs cultural history. To the museum belong several further exhibitions, like Kunstbau, photography, cinema and musical instruments collections, as well as a Punch and Judy-Show museum and one dedicated to fair ground themes.
U-Bahn: Marienplatz/Sendlinger Tor. Buses 52 and 56
Tel. 23 32 23 70
Tuesday - Sunday : 10 am-6pm Closed on mondays.
6 small museums are located here under one roof.
Chamber Pot Museum
Museum of Scent
Easter Bunny Museum
Guardian Angle Musuem
Never heard of a Bourdalou before! It is a kind of a portable Chamber Pot for ladies which was very popular in the 18th and 19th century. Bourdalou is the name of a priest. It was said, that his preach was always very good and interesting. Nobody wanted to miss a word and therefore someone invented the portable Chamber Pot that the ladies don't have to leave the church for any urgent needs. No idea if they had used it in church but that was how it was explained in the museum ...
The museum is opened dainly from 10am till 6pm. Entrance fee for adults is EUR 4.
Between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz, there's the museum of fishes and sea.
Nice sculputeres outside invite you to enter and visit.
I had not enough time to visit it, but everyone say it's a nice experience, especially for kids.
The Haus der Kunst was built by the Nazis in 1935. Only German artists were presented then. I fell in love with this museum on my first trip to Munich and it was the first time I saw a Dali - I am now a great fan!
Don't be afraid of this cold and abandoned looking building. The inside has nothing to do with the outside. This is another modern art Museum in Munich. Here there are not permanent exhibitions anymore, but temporaries.
I have never been inside, but I plan to go every time I pass this museum, which is located next to the town hall! The building looks wonderful and the idea of a toy museum really appeals to me!
If I only had more time!!!
The "Haus der Kunst" ("House of Art) was built by the Nazis in 1935 and it was originally called "Haus der deutschen Kunst" (House of German Art). Only German artists were presented then.
Nowadays it houses many great art galleries with changing exhibitions of international artists.
Together with the Pinakotheken it's a must for art lovers in Munich.
The museum has fascinating permanent displays about the history of the city, supplemented by changing special exhibitions. On the ground floor are the Waffenhalle, containing a magnificent array of historic weapons, and the wonderfully contorted set of morris dancers, carved as adornments for the ballroom of the Altes Rathaus by Erasmus Grasser. The upper floors house specialist displays on photos and films, brewing, musical instruments and one of the largest collections of puppets in the world, from Indian and Chinese paper dolls to the large mechanical European variety.
One of the many museums for example Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
One of my favorite is 'Alte Pinakothek'. It's one of the 4 museums that belong to 'Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen'. 'Alte Pinakothek' is for lovers of old masterpieces, 'Neue Pinakothek' is just oposite (cross the little park and Theresienstraße) and is a good choice for modern art lovers.
Centre of Unusual Museums
Yup, exactly what it says! Museum of Easter Bunnies, chamber pots, perfume bottles, pedal cars - all under one roof. The admission of some 4 EUR may feel a bit steep, but it's worth it. You'll really have a time!
Some of the great museums in Munich, include The Schack Galerie, The Alte Pinakothek, The Deutsche Museum, located on the Isar island, fantastic technological museum, showing German achievements in Science and Technology. Another place not to miss, while in Munich is The Nymphenburg Palace.
Beautiful museums, expanding several centuries of Art and Technology.