Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Alte Pinakothek, Munich (must see)

European paintings representing the period before the 19th century are on display at this art gallery located in the Kunstareal art district of Munich. It consists of the extensive collection of masterpieces by the Wittelsbach Royal family and donations from other leading art collectors.

King Ludwig I of Bavaria commissioned the construction of the Alte Pinakothek in 1826. Architect Leo von Klenze designed the Italian Renaissance structure that later served as a model for many art galleries around Europe. The museum closed its doors during World War II and the collections were moved to a safe destination. The building was damaged by the World War II bombings and restored by architect Hans Döllgast in the 1950s. He covered the holes caused by the bombs in the exterior walls with bare brickwork as a reminder of the ravages of war.

The Alte Pinakothek has over 8,000 valuable pieces of art created before the 19th century. Collections include works by German artists between the 14th and 18th centuries, paintings of Dutch masters created between the 15th and 18th centuries, Flemish masterpieces, Italian, French and Spanish works from the 13th to the 18th centuries. A notable work is Rubens’ vast canvas called the ‘Last Judgment’. The museum is open on all days of the week except Mondays and public holidays. Audio guides in English are available for the benefit of visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
Fantastic museum to visit if you admire the classics. Thorough selection of Reubens, Turner, Monet, and van Gogh.... and a terrific copy of the Mona Lisa in better condition than the original hanging in the Louvre.

Tip:
Come on Sunday, as entrance is a symbolic €1 – incredible value!
Inexpensive regular price includes an audio guide, and there are interpretive displays in English and German.
You can also purchase a multi-museum day pass for Alte/Neue/der Moderne Pinakothek.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed: 10am - 8:30 pm; Thur-Sun: 10am-6pm; Monday - closed
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Alte Pinakothek
Sight Location: Munich, Germany (See walking tours in Munich)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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