DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG – THE DESIGN MUSEUM

Website

Welcome to the website of Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum. On the following pages you will find information about the exhibitions, the programme, the opening hours and the admission prices of Die Neue Sammlung. Further down you will also find links which will lead you to information about the physical and digital accessibility as well as information about the mediation programme of the museum.

Collection

The Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is one of the world’s largest and most important museums of 20th and 21st century in applied art. The international collection from 1900 to the present day includes over 100.000 objects from 20 different areas, such as furniture and graphics, ceramics and glass, jewellery and appliances, as well as mobility and IT design. Die Neue Sammlung has a leading position in the field of product and industrial design.

History

Likewise, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is considered the oldest design museum in the world. In 1903, the “Münchner Vereinigung für angewandte Kunst” (Munich Association for Applied Art) was founded which changed its name to “Münchner Bund” in 1911. The first collection was the “Moderne Vorbildersammlung” (Modern Model Collection) which was established in 1912. The collection differed greatly from museums of applied art or museums of arts and crafts in this time due the the collectors’ interest in modernism and thus conceptions of contemporary form. The museum was founded in 1925 and opened the following year in Prinzregentenstraße.

Location and architecture

Since 2002 Die Neue Sammlung has been located in the Pinakothek der Moderne. The building houses four museums: of art, architecture, graphics and design. The property of the Pinakothek der Moderne is located in Maxvorstadt, on the Kunstareal, surrounded by university buildings. Originally, the Türkenkaserne (built in 1823) was located on this spot. It was largely destroyed in the Second World War and the undeveloped area was used by the Roncalli Circus for almost 20 years. In 1990, the Bavarian state government decided to designate it as a building site for museums. In 1992, the architect Stephan Braunfels from Munich won the design competition as his idea took the needs of all four museums into account. The entrance of the museum in Barerstraße creates a visual and thereby connecting axis to Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and the city.

Visit

For opening hours and prices click here.

For the exhibition programme click here.

For information on physical and digital accessibility click here.

Accessibility

Since 2020 Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum has offered room easy-to-read texts which are available on the walls, digital and as audio files. Thus, the museum already offers access at the following language levels:


Texts in

– C1 German

– C1 English
– A2 German
– A2 English

Audios in
– C1 German
– C1 English
– A2 German
– A2 English

At the moment the museum plans digital and tactile options to experience and explore a few objects of the collection. The offer will be aimed at people with visual, hearing and cognitive impairments and should be available by the end of 2023.

The Pinakothek der Moderne offers both audio tours and tours in sign language.

Here you will find more information about accessibility.