One of the impressive neo-classical buildings of Königsplatz is the Glyptothek. This beautiful building claims to be the only museum in the world dedicated solely to ancient sculpture. Rather than hiding its exhibits away behind glass, you’re free to wander amongst them, and get up close with the past. Far from being a stuffy traditional museum, it feels like an art gallery and prides itself on interesting modern twists – they currently have modern replicas of key statues carved from wood with a chainsaw. Your entry ticket will also get you into the State Collection of Antiques in the building opposite, and it’s just €1 on Sundays.
Königsplatz 3, 80333 München, Germany, +49 89 28 61 00
Museum Brandhorst only opened its doors in 2009, but has already become an established part of the Munich art museum trail. Rather than packing the hyper-modern building full of exhibits, the museum has wide open galleries and vast white walls. Its permanent exhibitions include works by modern art icons such as Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys, and Andy Warhol, including his “Marilyn” portrait. Make the most of €1 entry on Sundays, and avoid Mondays when the museum is closed.
Theresienstraße 35a, 80333 München, Germany, +49 89 238052286
Must-see might be a strong statement for this shrine to an everyday carbohydrate, but the potato museum definitely takes the prize for Munich’s most random museum! Spread over eight rooms, it includes strange potato statues, a specialist potato library for scientists, and an Andy-Warhol-esque visual tribute to this humble vegetable. In 2006, the museum expanded to cover Pfanni who had a monopoly on Munich’s potato production in the 60s. Even if you don’t leave with a greater appreciation for potatoes, the good news is that entrance is free!
Grafinger Str. 2, 81671 München, Germany, +49 89 40 40 50
Not technically one museum, the Pinakothek family of art museums includes three sites divided by the type and time of the artwork. At 127 m (147 ft) long, the “Alte” Pinakothek was the largest gallery in Europe when it was built in the 19th century; it contains work from the fourteenth century, including Rembrandt’s self-portrait. The “Neue” Pinakothek has the slogan “from Goya to Picasso” and is a 450-strong collection of 19th-century artwork. Finally, the “Modern” Pinakothek brings together four collections of art, architecture, and design all under one roof. Whether you prefer the classics or something more abstract, there’s a Pinakothek for you.
Barer Str. 27, 29 & 40, 80333 München, Germany, +49 89 2380536