Alte Pinakothek
Alte Pinakothek
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Housing much of the city's most famous artwork, this museum's collection includes renowned international works from the 14th through the 18th centuries.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • FamTravAgnt
    Chicago, Illinois26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Collection - A "Must See" for any art lover
    We had only a short time to visit since we were in Munich on a layover, but I'm so glad we stopped in. The part of the collection we saw was amazing. I've never seen so many Dutch masters in one place. The museum is well laid out, and the paintings are beautifully displayed.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • raetrip
    Vancouver, Canada317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Focus on favorite artists, otherwise take 5 hours
    Really enjoyed seeing the old masters in a beautiful space. There are 700 paintings and they do get moved around. It's easy to get overwhelmed and confused about what to see. Everything is fairly well laid out. Take your time to get oriented. ALL items need to be put into a locker before hand. My purse was not small enough to be allowed, so we had to carry passports in pockets as i didnt want to leave them. I forgot my cell in my purse so had to use my husband's, which left him without one. The purse I had was 30 x30 cm, too big. Would be easier to let them inspect the bag.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Allan T
    Manchester, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for lovers of the masters
    If you like Archimboldo, Rubens and the old masters you will like it here. There is a tiny self portrait of Rembrandt which is world famous tucked away round a corner. Archimboldo paintings in an alcove and a da Vinci.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 18, 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the great painting galleries in Europe
    This is one of the great painting galleries in Europe. The building looks large and imposing from the outside, but all of the paintings are located on the top floor and stretch across in a series of galleries. Admission includes the audio guide, and you would be foolish not to take it. You plug in the code at the base of the painting, and you get a running commentary of features that each work is famous for. I found it useful. The Neue Pinakothek is currently closed, but masterpieces from that museum are in a special exhibit on the ground floor of this museum. You get to see both museums at once. Back packs and bulky items must be checked in the cloak room (bring a 1 or 2 euro coin for the machine--it is returned to you when you leave). The restaurant is currently closed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Scottishcracker
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great art pity about the tight security
    Fantastic paintings to see here and paintings moved from the Neu Pinakothek as its closed. Didn't realise the place would be so small with only 2 floors but what there is are brilliant. It's a pity there is SO much security and alarms going off so much. I was hassled by a security person just because I took my coat and rucksack where I had my money to the shop there. I do understand their reason for the tight security but it's not pleasant, though handy if you're lost as its a bit confusing a place. The signs need to be black as gold writing against sandstone isn't easy to see, couldn't find the toilet for ages. But great to see the art that you can't see anywhere else.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, New York267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discover some notable works
    An extensive collection with works displayed from every well-known artist in history. Pick an artist, a genre, or a theme to explore in depth, because it is impossible to absorb all of the works in a few hours. The rooms with the Dutch artists showing every day life in the 16th and 17th centuries were amazing. The crowds were minimal in comparison to other art museums and the price is extremely reasonable. Be sure to ask for the audio tour which is included in the price but you must ask. This should not be missed.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Pam S
    Syracuse, New York185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come for the Impressionists!
    There is a very complete an amazing collection of classical art. Of more interest to me, were the pieces of the late 19th century and early 20th century, from the Neue Pinakothek which is closed for the next six years for remodeling. All of the Impressionists were represented. It is well worth a visit just for those pieces.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • jbg74
    Saint Paul, Minnesota1,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Incredible Works of Art
    This museum is well worth going to. It has a wide range of art. The largest collection seemed to be of Renaissance era Dutch artists, particularly Peter Paul Rubens, a Flemish artist from Belgium. There were multiple rooms filled with his painting, including many of his large scale works. There were some excellent Van Gogh painting plus other impressionist artists. It is definitely worth an afternoon, especially on a rainy day. If you enjoy art you will not be disappointed.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Host29
    Milan, Italy931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Museum
    One of the best museum in Germany (and in Europe I'd say..). MANY precious paintings and perfect organization (to be noted 1 Eur ticket cost on Sundays). A MUST see when in Germany
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Helmut S
    Bangkok, Thailand1,966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection of Old Masters, a must for art lovers
    After 2.5 hours I physically and mentally had enough and decided to return for another "session" of Old Masters from the 14th to 18th century. There is so much to see and admire, the biggest collection of paintings is from Rubens, there are paintings from Tizian, Duerer, Rembrandt, Jan and Peter Bruegel, Raffael, van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, etc, etc. Whoever enjoys art will not be disappointed. To use the lockers for storage of your belongings is free of charge but you need a 2 Euro coin to enable locking but the coin will be still there when you remove your belongings.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 22, 2023
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mmabend
O'Fallon, IL176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
All was well until a staff member approached my wife and pointed out the size of her purse (after being in the museum for a couple hours). I told him, in German, my wife does not speak German. He only spoke much louder in German causing other patrons to stare.
I'll have to try speaking louder when someone does not understand the language I am speaking.
Written February 18, 2020
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Sandy
United Kingdom3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I have visited a lot of art galleries and museums in my life and this is probably the worst one ever.

The artwork collection is rather small and average as compared to other art galleries in London with free admission. Considering that I need to pay €7 admission fee to get in and the poor management of the place, I don’t think it is worth it. Also, I believe art should be accessible to everyone so I don’t agree which charging a admission fee, unless you are giving an outstanding experience for visitors.

My major criticism is that the service of the staff of the museum is appalling. There were no clear directions in the entrance as to where to buy tickets. Once you have bought your tickets, you are forced to use the lockers (which you will need €2 coin, but you will get back your coin when you take your things out of the locker) and the clock room to store your coats (which you will need pay €1).

I realised afterwards that you actually don’t need to pay for clock room if you use a bigger locker to store all your belongings and coats. So I think that is kinda of sneaky of them, since most people either don’t have a €2 coin so they have to pay for the cloakroom service, or they don’t realise that they can use the big lockers without charge.

My experience with the staff was poor. Shortly after I got through the front door, I was confronted by a staff asking me where I am going, he told me if I want to get in I need to buy a ticket, and that I cannot carry my belongings and wear my coat in the gallery.

At that time I was desperate for a wee hence I walked straight to the direction of the toilet which was no where near the entrance of the gallery, but the staff just stopped me out of nowhere. I have every intention to buy a ticket after going to the toilet.

I found it quite rude and unwelcoming.

My second encounter was when I was finding the entrance for the lower floor gallery, I accidentally drifted to the wrong entrance. A staff asked me where am I going, I said I am looking for the entrance for the lower floor gallery. He did not give me any direction and kinda of just walked off.

Again, I found it extremely rude and unhelpful.

There are way too many security guards for the number of visitors. Every time I entered into a room, the security stares at you, and you feel so uncomfortable.

I thought going to the art gallery is a stress free and relaxing experience but this is one of the most unpleasant experiences that I have encountered.

I will not recommend this art museum to anyone.
Written March 7, 2023
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Ignatius
Singapore, Singapore226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This places houses a large collection of masterpiece paintings, personally I spent 3-4hours here and yet was still unable to finish going through the whole place. I did spend time to read the description of each paintings to understand more though maybe you are just here to look at the paintings alone you might find the time needed to cover the everything shorter.

As with many other museums in Munich, visiting on a Sunday offers you subsidized ticket prices and of course do expect a larger volume of visitors but I find it still manageable though certain sections of the museum might be more packed.

Also I believe there is a no photo taking policy here but to be honest there are so many pieces of art here I doubt you would be able to take photos of them all too.

I would recommend maybe spending just 2-3 hours of your time here skimming through the collections if you are on a tight schedule but otherwise do allocate at least 5 hours for thorough visit.
Written March 16, 2023
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Leddacate
Cagliari, Italy33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I came away with a profound sense of the beauty of the world and the moving experience of great art, beautifully lit and hung. This sense of wellbeing stayed with me all day. One of the great collections of the world.

I went early and alone (the family went off to the science museum) and was on the doorstep as they opened (10:00). €7 entrance fee and only the top floor was open as they were re hanging the lower gallery. It didn't matter, I don't think I could have coped with even more art. I was completely sated by the Old Masters. Absolutely stunning. I will come back to see the lower galleries.

I particularly liked the glow in the dark baby Jesus by a medieval Swedish artist (gallery before the Durer self portrait), the baby is the source of light for the whole triptych. And of course you can't beat a Rembrandt self portrait to stir the soul.

Be warned if you step too close to the art an alarm sounds and you will be tutted at by the security guards (can be tricky if you are trying to read the descriptions)! Photography permitted. Toilets are hidden Harry Potter style under the stairs.
Written August 19, 2022
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Kiansoon
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Very well curated art museum. Many famous and beautiful art pieces on display. Worth a visit.

One must remember to bring along 2 euros (refundable) for the lockers because jackets and bags are not allowed inside the gallery.

If you visit the museum on a Sunday, the entrance fee is only 1 euro. Very worth it.
Written November 29, 2022
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tjtarrega
Florida Keys, FL111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Alte Pinakothek contains an extensive collection of artwork from the 15th through 18th Centuries. features many artists from Germany and the Low Countries, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Durer, Bosch, Holbein, and other very well known painters.

As of January 2020, the Neue Pinakothek, which houses great 19th and 20th Century art, was closed for maintenance, so a selection of works from that Museum was also in the Alte. The great Impressionist and Post-Impressionists were well represented. After the Neue opens, I recommend that you go there as well.

All in all, a world-class Museum.
Written February 1, 2020
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
An extensive collection with works displayed from every well-known artist in history. Pick an artist, a genre, or a theme to explore in depth, because it is impossible to absorb all of the works in a few hours. The rooms with the Dutch artists showing every day life in the 16th and 17th centuries were amazing. The crowds were minimal in comparison to other art museums and the price is extremely reasonable. Be sure to ask for the audio tour which is included in the price but you must ask. This should not be missed.
Written August 7, 2023
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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
After 2.5 hours I physically and mentally had enough and decided to return for another "session" of Old Masters from the 14th to 18th century. There is so much to see and admire, the biggest collection of paintings is from Rubens, there are paintings from Tizian, Duerer, Rembrandt, Jan and Peter Bruegel, Raffael, van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, etc, etc. Whoever enjoys art will not be disappointed.
To use the lockers for storage of your belongings is free of charge but you need a 2 Euro coin to enable locking but the coin will be still there when you remove your belongings.
Written November 23, 2023
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Allan S
London, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was an unexpected pleasure, I found that it was a place where you could spend many hours looking at the second floor where all the pre-1600 paintings were, they have fantastic religious pieces from 1200s through to about 1400s and then many interesting pieces by Peter Paul Ruebens and others. On the first floor (I think temporarily as the Neue Piakothek is being refurbished), they had excellent modern pieces by Van Gogh; Casper David Friederich; Monet and many others.

Excellent food that isn't too expensive in the cafe too, and one of the most impressive cake selections I've seen anywhere to have with your coffee.

However, I'm afraid you lose a star for forcing people to pay for the clockroom, the rude staff on the front desk and in the cloakroom, especially the incompetence and complaining attitude with which the cloakroom attempt to do their jobs.
Written January 12, 2024
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sneaux
Geneva, Switzerland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Impressive collection, from Boucher to Rembrandt. Rubens's Last Judgement alone worth the price of admission. Highly recommend getting a guided tour, especially if you have kids/teenagers with you. Like everywhere in Munich at the moment, masks are required inside.
Written July 31, 2020
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