Kunsthalle München: A diverse art program at the heart of the city
Kunsthalle München: Exhibitions about painting, photography and design
Located at the heart of Munich, the Kunsthalle stages three large exhibitions a year on a variety of themes. With around 300,000 visitors every year, it is one of Germany’s most prestigious exhibition houses.
In cooperation with the cultural department and the museums
This article about Munich's museums is sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and was conceived in cooperation with the State Agency for Non-State Museums in Bavaria. The content has been coordinated between the participating museums and muenchen.de, the official city portal.
Plan your visit to the Kunsthalle
The Kunsthalle München covers a wide variety of art styles and periods: From painting to design to photography, there is a lot to discover. The exhibition themes recently ranged from Walt Disney to Thierry Mugler.
What to see? The Kunsthalle München does not have an art collection of its own, but organizes temporary exhibitions. Therefore, the possibilities are almost unlimited. The topics range from antique arts to the present.
What's special? The architecture of the building in the Fünf Höfe as well as the broad spectrum of themes covered by the exhibitions. Plus: On Tuesdays, there's a 50 percent discount on all tickets.
Kunsthalle: The most important information at a glance
- Location: In the Fünf Höfe, between Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz
- Museum category: Art
- Children's program: For each exhibition there is a unique program with guided tours and special events.
- Recommended duration of stay: 1 to 2 hours
- How to get there: All suburban trains or U3/U6 to Marienplatz, U3/U4/U5/U6 or bus 100 to Odeonsplatz, tram 19 to Theatinerstraße
- Parking: Underground parking in front of the opera or in the parking garage at Salvatorplatz
- Website: www.kunsthalle-muc.de/en/
Exhibition highlights: The range of topics is multifaceted
Between 250,000 and 300,000 guests visit the Kunsthalle München every year. It is one of the most popular exhibition venues in Germany. Artists from all over the world make their glittering appearance here, whether by painting, sculptures, graphics, photography, arts and crafts or design.
The tempory exhibitions range from the prehistory and early history of arts to the immediate present. The most important factor in order to be featured is artistic quality. Previous highlights have been Thierry Mugler (2021), Walt Disney (2009), Auguste Rodin (2007), Helmut Newton (2005) and Toulouse-Lautrec (2005), as well as the exhibition "JR: Chronicles", which ended in January 2023 and was the biggest retrospective of the French photo artist JR (*1983) so far.
But there were also exhibitions about Realism, Orientalism, the royal tombs of the Scythians or the art of Switzerland from seven centuries. The monographic exhibitions and thematic projects regularly change – and also interdisciplinary approaches are covered by the centre.
Guided tours through the exhibitions
Covering a wide range of needs, the Kunsthalle’s tours are suitable for different target groups:
- Public guided tours: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Munich Volkshochschule (MVHS) offers public guided tours for each exhibition.
- Audioguide: There is a free audio tour (in English or German) you can simply use with your own mobile device (please bring headphones).
- Afterwork tours: Every third Wednesday of the month, Kunsthalle München is open until 10 p.m. and the afterwork tours start at approximately 6 p.m.
- Curator's tours: The curators themselves lead tours of the current exhibition on several dates (in German only).
- Private guided tours: The Kunsthalle offers to arrange tours for private groups by art historians or experts from various fields in German or selected foreign languages. Please book in advance.
Children's program and accompanying booklet
For children from 8 to 12, there is a free booklet available at the ticket office that guides them through the exhibition in a playful way. There is also a special tour program including:
- Children's tours during the vacations for kids from 6 to 12 (pre-registration is required to participate).
- Art with Baby: Baby-friendly tours for fathers and mothers with children up to one year of age (several dates per exhibition).
- Special opening hours for school classes: Additional appointments are available for school groups on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. (booking is required in advance).
Shop and Café
The café & restaurant "Theatiner 8" offers a great view with an interesting perspective on the special architecture of the building.
The museum's shop features a carefully curated selection of products and gifts matching the current exhibition.
Tickets and admission fees
Admission prices at the Kunsthalle München always depend on the respective exhibition. Discounts are available for senior citizens, children and young people, schoolchildren, students, trainees, the unemployed and people with disabilities.
You can check out the prices and buy tickets in advance on the official website. On Tuesdays, only half the admission price is charged (except on public holidays).
Events: club music, afterwork and more
- Lectures & talks with interesting speakers emphasize special aspects about the exhibition's theme.
- AfterworkKH: Enjoy the exhibition until 10 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month and linger on in the café & restaurant Theatiner 8.
- "Re-Act!" Art & Club: For every exhibition, Kunsthalle München and the night club Harry Klein team up on one evening to bring art to life in a new way. The exhibition is open until 11 p.m. and visual artists and DJs play in the Kunsthalle's café until midnight. Afterwards, the party continues at Harry Klein.
- At www.kunsthalle-muc.de/en you can virtually experience the exhibitions "Thierry Mugler: Couturissime", "Body and Soul. Munich Rococo from Asam to Günther" and "You are Faust. Goethe's Drama in the Arts" on a 360° tour.
Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron's award-winning museum building
Kunsthalle München is located on the second floor of the "Fünf Höfe". The Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron designed the architecture of the Kunsthalle München as well as the entire building complex.
The different perspectives that you can catch for example from the Perusahof or the Salvatorpassage, already make the walk to the Kunsthalle special. Also the café and store offer an interesting perspective on the extraordinary architecture of the building. The ensemble in the middle of Munich's old town is an award-winning example of recent architecture in Munich.
Accessibility and offers for individuals with disabilities
All the rooms at the Kunsthalle München are barrier-free. Two elevators ensure access to the exhibition rooms, the store, the café, the checkroom and restrooms.
- Parking spaces for disabled visitors are available nearby: Prannerstraße 7 as well as at Salvatorplatz 2
- An accessible toilet is located directly on the exhibition level.
- Guided tours: Induction loops for the audio guide are available upon request. All exhibition texts and captions are high-contrast, easy to read and also offered in simple language.
History of the Kunsthalle since the opening in 1985
The Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Cultural Foundation) was founded in 1983 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the former Wechsel- und Hypothekenbank. On June 14, 1985, the Kunsthalle München opened its doors, which was already located between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.
In 2001, the Kunsthalle moved into its current premises in the "Fünf Höfe", where the exhibition space is about a third larger than in the old Kunsthalle.
At a glance
Kunsthalle MunichTheatinerstr. 8
Barrier-free accessibility in the building
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