Munich’s Kunstareal art quarter lies right in the heart of Munich and, with its museums and universities, is one of the most important cultural locations in Europe. In an area measuring 500 x 500 metres, in the middle of the lively district of Maxvorstadt, visitors encounter a unique blend of art, culture and knowledge.
The Kunstareal has developed over 200 years and today presents over 5,000 years’ worth of cultural history. Located between the magnificent square of Königsplatz and Theresienstraße, the Kunstareal offers an extraordinary variety of museums with exhibits that range from impressive ancient Egyptian artefacts and antiques to modern art. 18 museums and collections, over 40 galleries, six internationally renowned academic institutions and several cultural organisations lie within walking distance of each other.
Wandering through the Kunstareal leads to architectural as well as numerous cultural gems. The celebrated Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) are brought together across four museums – the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst. They inspire interested visitors and connoisseurs with renowned artworks dating from the Late Middle Ages to the present day. The Glyptothek, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste and the impressive new building of the Staatliches Museum für Ägyptische Kunst are also part of the Kunstareal, as well as scientific institutions, such as the Paleontological Museum, the Museum Reich der Kristalle and the central educational venue for examining the history of National Socialism, the NS-Dokumentationszentrum, which opened in 2015.
Visitors interested in architecture are also inspired by the Kunstareal’s grand, historic buildings, squares and museums as well as outstanding new buildings and extensions by internationally renowned architects. Contemporary features can be seen, for example, in the Museum Brandhorst and the spectacular Lenbachhaus with its successful combination of modern architecture and historic artist’s villa.
Munich’s inhabitants and visitors are invited to make new discoveries and experience new things over and again in the Kunstareal’s scientific and creative venues. Whether it be inside, outside or underground, visitors can choose from a varied and constantly-updated programme, encounter something new or rediscover the familiar.
Rooted in the lively surroundings of Maxvorstadt, with its trendy street cafes and restaurants, magnificent green spaces, as well as historic, preserved gardens – a visit to Munich’s Kunstareal is an unforgettable, addictive experience for young and old, not only for culture vultures!