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5 of the best museums in Munich Featured

Munich’s museums are more than just rooms with paintings on a wall

Germany is a country full of rich art and history. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a museum in Munich that will fuel your interest. Whichever you choose, you will never be bored just listening to an audiotape. Walk through the history of Dachau, experiment at Deutsches Museum or gawk over some of the most luxurious automobiles in the world. Munich’s museums have plenty to offer everyone.

Munich Residenz

The Munich Residence is the royal palace of the former Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach. Take a walk through the Munich Residence and admire the exquisite Neoclassicism architecture and elaborate decor of the rooms of the palace. The palace was damaged from a World War II bomb and most of the original furniture and some paintings were either lost or destroyed. French craftsmen of cabinetry have recreated some of the furniture.

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Deutsches Museum

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Deutsches Museum is the largest science and technology museum in the world. This is a great place for kids to play with nature and physics as well as a wonderland for you to unleash your inner nerd. The museum is made up of small rooms for experimentation. The museum is interactive and visitors are encouraged to experiment in each room.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial & Museum

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Located about 10 miles north of Munich, The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first concentration camp of its kind in Nazi Germany, where more than 40,000 people died and served as a model for many others that were created later on. At the Memorial museum visitors can view photographs, documents and reconstructed cellblocks. Dachau visitors follow the "path of the prisoner", walking the same way prisoners were forced to after their arrival in the camp.

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BMW Museum

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Germany is one of the largest car manufacturing countries in the world and is known for producing some of the most luxurious motor vehicles worldwide. The BMW Museum is every car lover’s dream, guiding you through the history of the beloved automobile manufacturer. Here you can see cars from the 1930’s all the way to prototypes of the future.

Pinakotheke (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek de Moderne)

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For the art lovers, the three Pinakotheke (picture galleries) located in Munich’s Kunstareal (art quarter) bring you classical and modern art and everything in between. Alte Pinakothek features classical works by artistic geniuses such as Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Brugel, Peter Paul Rubens and more. Neue Pinakothek is for contemporary fans, featuring paintings by Manet and Monet. Pinakothek de Moderne is for the people that dare to interpret modern art and features works by Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

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1 Deutsches Museum
2 Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
3 Munich Residenz
4 BMW Museum
5 Neue Pinakothek