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Best Museums in Munich

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Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

Germany, especially Munich, is well known and famous for beer. Located in central Munich, Bier- Und Oktoberfestmuseum brings to you a riveting history of beer, as well as the storied origins of the Oktoberfest, roots of which can be traced back to the nuptials of King Louis I in the early 19th Century. Do not miss out on the huge October Fest celebration! The exhibitions are usually conducted within a heritage building that dates back to 1340. In addition, there are special events held on the top floor as well. For beers fans and lovers of history, this place is a definite must-visit!

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Museum Five Continents

Although located in the heart of Europe, the Museum Five Continents provides a fascinating insight into non-European cultures. Its collection of over 350,000 exhibits mainly hail from Asia, but Africa, Latin America and Polynesia are also represented. Some of the most intriguing exhibits at the museum include the world's oldest surviving kayak from North America, as well as Incan treasures and Amazonian historical objects. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.

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Munich Stadtmuseum

The Münchner Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) shows exhibits pertaining to the city's history as well as special exhibitions, such as the history of international civilization and culture. The multifaceted permanent exhibition "Typically Munich!" covers three floors and shows the city's culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. A central theme in the museum is Munich's evolution from a municipality, historically dominated by the royal court towards a newly independent and self-assured city. A museum highlight is the famous Morris Dancers designed by Erasmus Grasser.

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Jewish Museum Munich

It will be an enlightening tour to the Jewish Museum if you're seeking to know the history of the Jews in Munich. Objects, carefully chosen to highlight the life, culture and beliefs of the Jews are permanently on display. Various temporary exhibitions are also held where Munich's ancient collections or exhibits by collectors are displayed. The complex consists of a Synagogue and a Community Center as well.

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Bavarian National Museum

Excellent sculptures (from the early Middle Ages to the 19th Century) meet old armor, tableware and furniture, while ethnological and religious objects are displayed next to china from Nymphenburg. These well-organized exhibitions are housed in the marvelous fin-de-siècle building (1894-99) known as the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. The pride of the museum, which boasts a collection of over 180,000 objects, is the exhibition of Christmas cribs which is dubbed as the biggest collection of its kind in the country. Also found here are a shop and a cafe.

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Deutsches Museum

Set along the Isar River, this impressive museum has been inspiring science and technology enthusiasts since over a decade. It is known as one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Since its foundation in 1903, the exhibition area of the Deutsches Museum has gradually expanded to 55000 square meters (592015.36 square feet). This museum is unique, concentrating on the history and development of technology and natural science. Numerous objects and interactive models, such as a planetarium and coal mine, are used to demonstrate mankind's progress over the centuries.

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Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne is one of the city's esteemed institutions displaying art in various forms. The gallery presents itself as a platform for a dialogue between art connoisseurs and artists. Most of their exhibits belong to the 20th Century and they also have a few 21st-century collections. At their displays and exhibitions, explore the transition, as well as, trends in art. They also house over 100,000 displays incorporating graphic design, their most recent take on contemporary art. Monet's "Water Lillies", Franz Marc's "Tyrol" and Picasso's "Femme au Violon" are some of the gems that call Pinakothek der Moderne their home.

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Museum Brandhorst

Open since 2009, this museum showcases numerous modern art exhibits. Some of the most famous modern artists in the world have work displayed here such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and books of Pablo Picasso. Museum Brandhorst is located in Kunstareal, right next to Pinakothek der Moderne.

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Alte Pinakothek

Opened in 1826 by Ludwig I, the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) represents Emperor's achievements as a collector. In fact, Ludwig continued the work of his ancestors, as some of the pieces exhibited here were first acquired by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria in the 16th Century. Entering the museum for the first time, visitors are confronted with a truly regal collection; over 800 incredible paintings documenting the history of European art from the 14th to the 18th Centuries await perusal. The collection of old German masters and the gorgeous Rubens gallery are particularly outstanding.

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Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

The former residence and studio of artist Franz von Lenbach has been home to Munich's municipal art gallery since 1929. The collection at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus comprises of 19th and 20th century works by local artists as well as a fine arts collection by the Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider) group of artists, including Kandinsky, Yavlensky, Münter, Marc and Macke. Other rooms feature works by contemporary artists such as Beuys and Kiefer. Special exhibitions take place in the Kunstbau next door.

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BMW Museum

The BMW Museum is more than just a company museum. Located next to the enormous BMW Tower (built in 1970-73) which dominates Munich's northern skyline with its characteristic four-cylinder shape, this museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the different eras of motorized transport. Opened in 1966, the museum also serves to illustrate the unrivaled success story of the BMW company. The permanent exhibition Zeithorizont has been on display since 1991. BMW lovers, come indulge!

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KZ Gedenkstädte Dachau

Marking the beginning of a dark chapter in world history, the Dachau Concentration Camp is a poignant reminder of the Second World War. Built shortly after Hitler seized power, it was opened in the year 1933 with an intent to incarcerate political prisoners. The camp was one of the earliest concentration camps of Germany and served as an antecedent to numerous others through the course of the war. The complex has been well preserved and is a historical monument today. Old military barracks have been transformed into a somber memorial for prisoners who faced the ravages of ill-treatment and punishment from authorities. The camp served as a temporary home for refugees and those who were displaced in the dire conditions of wartime. While today the sun shines brightly over the gloomy past of the site, the crematorium of Dachau's victims is a stirring reminder of an unforgettable history.

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