Get Your Art Fix in These Amazing Munich, Germany Art Museums

Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany. Photo by Jan Antonin Kolar on Unsplash

Munich has been long considered one of the best places to check out fantastic art in Germany. The art that can be found in Bavaria’s capital often surprises even the pickiest and most knowledgeable art enthusiasts. The city has around 20 museums and art venues dedicated to art alone, and that is not counting 40 or so art galleries. If you don’t know where to start, check out some of our suggestions below.

Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek is one art museum you definitely want to check out. It was established by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1836 and it was the largest museum at the time. The place houses one of the most impressive collections of Italian, German, Dutch, and Flemish paintings from the period between the 14th and 18th centuries. Some of the most famous include Leonardo da Vinci’s “Madonna of the Carnation,” Anthony van Dyck’s “Deposition,” and Peter Paul Rubens’ “The Fall of the Damned.”


Lenbachhaus will wow almost any art lover, especially those interested in contemporary art. The museum is home to an impressive contemporary art collection featuring works from renowned international artists like Dennis Adams, Monica Bonvicini, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Lawrence Weine. It is perhaps even more famous for its extensive collection of works from a Munich-based group of artists known as The Blue Rider.

Neue Pinakothek

Also established by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Neue Pinakothek predominantly focuses on European art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Its permanent collection contains around 400 paintings and 50 sculptures. Some of the most famous artworks on display include Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” Édouard Manet’s “Luncheon in the Studio,” and Carl Spitzweg’s “The Poor Poet.”