Please note our changed opening hours in the coming weeks:
- MON, 29.05.2023 (Whit Monday) | Our museums are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- THU, 08.06.2023 (Corpus Christi) | Our museums, including the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst, close at 6 p.m.
- WED, 14.06.23 | Due to a staff meeting, our museums do not open until 11 a.m. We ask for your understanding.
Due to recent circumstances, the security provisions in our museums have been strengthened. Please note our house rules.
OVER 700 MASTERPIECES
Admission is free for children and young people under the age of 18.
Students and visitors over 65 years of age receive reduced admission.
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
BRANDHORST, SAMMLUNG SCHACK
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OLD MASTERS ON THE MOVE
New presentation of the collection
In rehanging the permanent collection display, about two hundred paintings have changed places. Throughout the Upper Gallery rooms, they now engage in new encounters opened up by unexpected contexts. Featuring dialogical juxtapositions and thematically arranged clusters of works, the new display invites visitors to rediscover familiar masterpieces.
For the first time in the history of the Alte Pinakothek, the traditional hanging scheme, developed along chronological and geographical lines, was consciously challenged, resulting in a considered reordering of the display. Many of the museum’s best-known works, previously shown in separate galleries far apart from each other, are now direct neighbours, despite belonging to different epochs and styles. Their unusual juxtaposition reveals hidden parallels and directs our attention to rarely thematized connections and shared qualities. This opens up new perspectives on the paintings and their creators, on the content and form of the depictions as well as on the contexts in which they were produced.
All works that have been decisively repositioned feature dark blue gallery labels.
Alte Pinakothek on Google Arts & Culture
‘Open for All’, ‘Experience Originals Digitally’: Visitors around the world are invited to enjoy digital access to the Alte Pinakothek and its art treasures in the permanent exhibition via Google Arts & Culture. All galleries at the Alte Pinakothek have been digitized in 360° images. We’re also offering over 25 interactive and multimedia narrative-based feature stories to provide an exciting and informative look at a selection of masterworks held at the Alte Pinakothek – from Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Raphael through to Boucher and Murillo. G.CO/AltePinakothek
The highly acclaimed special exhibition Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe can still be viewed via this link G.CO/PINACARAVAGGISTI
The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen are stepping up their cooperation with Google Arts & Culture as part of the museum’s wider Digital Strategy. True to our guiding principle ‘Open for All’, having the Alte Pinakothek featured on Google Arts & Culture allows us to achieve our aim of expanding and facilitating access to our exhibition spaces through digital media. By undertaking this step, we also open up the museum – at least on a virtual level – to people interested in our artworks but who for a range of reasons are currently unable to visit the Alte Pinakothek in person.
The collection of the Alte Pinakothek, one of the most significant in the world, encompasses over 700 artworks from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Here, milestones of the European painting tradition join to form a survey, in unique concentration, that spans the development from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque, through to the late Rococo period. Experience encounters with works by Dürer, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Boucher and their contemporaries. The museum, contracted by the Bavarian King Ludwig I, was built by Leo von Klenze between 1826 and 1836 in the Neoclassical style, which at the time represented a new and pioneering effort in European museum architecture. Originally, the Alte Pinakothek was intended to make sufficient space available for the art collection of the House of Wittelsbach. Over and above this, King Ludwig I sought to use the construction of the Alte Pinakothek as a means of providing the general public access to his collection. In addition to the permanent presentation of outstanding works from the golden ages of German, Flemish, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish painting, a host of temporary special exhibitions, guided tours and events make a visit worthwhile.
Barer Straße 27
You can reach the Alte Pinakothek by
No 27 to Pinakotheken
U2: to Königsplatz or Theresienstrasse
U3 | U6 to Odeonsplatz or Universität
U4 | U5 to Odeonsplatz
No 154 to Schellingstraße
No 100 (Museumslinie/ museum line): to Pinakotheken
No 100 (Museumslinie/ museum line): to Maxvorstadt / Sammlung Brandhorst
We recommend the use of public transportation. Parking is not available.
Take a closer look at our map (PDF) to get a better overview.
Click here (PDF) to open a general gallery map of the Alte Pinakothek.
Rooted in the “Kunstkammer” (a cabinet of art and curiosities), today’s “Alte Münze” in Munich, which was commissioned by Albrecht V, Duke of Bavaria and built by Wilhelm Egckel between 1563 und 1567, the House of Wittelsbach presented their rich store of art treasures throughout the centuries in numerous newly-built galleries at their royal residences. The gallery in Düsseldorf, which was commissioned by Johann-Wilhelm II, Elector Palatine and the Grand Gallery at the New Schleissheim, commissioned by Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria Palace and characterised by French influences, both attained a high degree of fame. The Pinakothek (today: Alte Pinakothek), contracted by King Lugwig I of Bavaria, was opened in 1836. With the Alte Pinakothek, architect Leo von Klenze set new, pathbreaking standards: the imposing galleries, lit by large skylights, and the accompanying smaller galleries on the north side, were to have a decisive effect on other European museum architecture. Heavily damaged during the Second World War, the Alte Pinakothek was rebuilt by Hans Döllgast in 1957. Rather than simply reconstructing numerous sections of the façade, they were replaced with bare brickwork as visible “wounds”. In so doing, the museum serves as an architectural example of post-war reconstruction.
With its Online Collection, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) is making its entire holdings accessible to the public for the first time: that’s 25,000 artworks in Bavaria, Germany and Europe viewable on a single platform! It is now possible to have an overview not only of all the artworks on display in the Munich galleries – the Alte and Neue Pinakothek, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst in the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Museum Brandhorst and the Sammlung Schack – and in the other state galleries of Bavaria (several thousand works in total), but also of works in the museum storerooms (17,000 works) and more than 4000 works on permanent loan from the Munich collections to over 400 sites, some belonging to institutions which are only partly open to the public.
Every artwork is documented with a photograph, basic information (catalogue/accession number, artist, title, support, size, provenance), and details of its location. The relevant specialist area is also given, to assist with classification.
Museum shop CEDON
Publications of the Alte Pinakothek as well as postcards, posters or gift articles are available in our shop.
Daily except Mondays | 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
On Tuesdays | 10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
T +49 (0)89 28998820
All Publications are available in the museum shop Cedon: CEDON-service.
The museum café is currently closed due to renovation work.
From the beginning of September, the café will be open again, serving new specialities. We ask for your understanding and invite you to visit the café in the Pinakothek der Moderne or the Museum Brandhorst.
Self-portrait in a fur coat, 1500
The comprehensive audio guide of the Alte Pinakothek is available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. It can be borrowed free of charge at the information desk for your visit while stocks last. The output device works without headphones, but you can connect your own headphones with a 3.5 mm jack plug.
Orientation and Barrier-free accessibility
ORIENTATION / TOUR / MAP in English (PDF)
Access to museum
Barrier-free access at the main entrance.
On the north side of the Alte Pinakothek. Access from Arcis- and Barerstrasse.
Please ring at the gate and show your disabled parking permit.
The museum has four lifts. Access to all galleries is guaranteed.
Seating and wheelchairs
Light, portable folding chairs and two wheelchairs are available. Please inquire at the information desk.
Restrooms for the disabled are on the ground floor.
Cloakroom and lockers
The cloakroom is on the ground floor. Jackets and bags can be handed in for a fee of 1 euro per person. person can be handed in. Lockers are also available (deposit 1 or 2 euros). Spacious lockers are available for school classes. The key is available at the information desk.
Guard dogs and seizure response dogs are permitted in the museum, if they bear adequate identification.
+49 (0)89 23805-216
Due to recent circumstances, the security provisions in our museums have been strengthened. For our visitors, the following changes will apply until further notice:
- Items such as bags, regardless of size, as well as coats and jackets, hoodies and similar bulky outerwear must be left at the cloakroom or in the lockers.
- Bags that need to be carried for health reasons, for example, will be checked by the staff for their contents.
- Items such as bags which have been inspected by the staff will be marked with bands and may then be carried without restriction.
We regret the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding in the interest of protecting the artworks and buildings.
The General Director of the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen
We kindly ask you consider the house rules (PDF), cloakroom rules (PDF) and terms & conditions (PDF) that apply in all our museums. Thank you very much!