5 small, fine Munich museums that are worth a visit
Have you played through the Pinakothek and Lenbachhaus? Then treat yourself to a visit to one of Munich's lesser-known museums. We have put together five of them for you in this article.
Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke
Museum for Casts of Classical Sculptures - a somewhat unwieldy name, but it describes exactly what awaits you in this small, fine museum near Königsplatz: a collection of plaster casts of ancient sculptures. Here you can wander among Greek and Roman sculptures and reliefs and discover old masterpieces, albeit not originals. Some of these have been lost or damaged in wars, which is why the casts have immense historical value. They can show us what something was like that no longer exists. Incidentally, the museum is ideal if you want to do some drawing and study proportions, for example. There are plenty of them here. And admission is free. A museum that is definitely worth a visit.
You can easily walk past the Sudeten German Museum in Haidhausen. But it's worth stopping and going inside, because the history of the German-speaking population in the Bohemian lands is on display here. The permanent exhibition spans over 1100 years of history, art and cultural history on an exhibition area of 1200 square meters. On five levels, you can immerse yourself in the history and cultural history of the Sudeten Germans. The view of Munich from the top floor is also worthwhile. But it's best to see for yourself: the museum is barrier-free and admission is free until December 31, 2021.
The Kunstfoyer VBK is showing graphics and drawings, film and photography in its exhibition rooms in Lehel - all under the banner of intercultural dialog. Each exhibition sets its own impulses. Retrospectives, for example, provide deeper insights into the life's work of an artist or the attitude to life of an era. You can currently see the "Bill Brandt" exhibition there. Bill Brandt is considered one of the most influential British photographers of the 20th century and one of the artists who laid the foundations for modern photography. The exhibitions in the Kunstfoyer can be visited free of charge. And you can get online tickets here.
Museum Mineralogia (Reich der Kristalle)
When we were students, we often walked past it without ever going inside: into the realm of crystals or - as it is actually officially called - the Museum Mineralogia. It looks rather unspectacular from the outside, but inside it sparkles all the more. After all, this museum is all about crystals, moon rocks and meteorites. Well, meteorites probably sparkle less now, but they are still impressive if you are interested. And Gscheidhaferl are also in good hands here, as the first and largest meteorite found in Bavaria is located in the realm of crystals.
Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst
The State Museum of Egyptian Art (SMÄK) is an underground museum in the middle of Munich that you can easily walk past. The entrance at the 17-meter-high portal wall is already impressive. And the art on display in the museum is no less so. 13 themed rooms invite visitors on a journey of discovery through five millennia of art and culture from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Sudan. If you're not sure whether this is your thing, you should pay a visit to the SMÄK on Sundays. Admission costs just one euro and you really can't go wrong with that.