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Haus der Kunst: Changing art exhibitions and the Golden Bar

Haus der Kunst im Winter ohne Schnee, Foto: Hofmann
Foto: Hofmann

Art Hotspot at the English Garden: The Haus der Kunst

It is one of the major international exhibition houses: The Haus der Kunst in Munich shows retrospectives of modern, contemporary artists and themed exhibitions.

What is there to see? Exhibition house with changing program

Haus der Kunst München, Foto: Maximilian Geuter
Foto: Maximilian Geuter The sun terrace of the Golden Bar

The Haus der Kunst does not have its own collection, it is purely an exhibition house. And that is its great strength: it thus has the possibility to give a lot of space to the changing programs.

Artists such as El Anatsui, Cyrill Lachauer or Michael Armitage, as well as the visitors to their exhibitions, are delighted with the huge, meter-high rooms in which the works of art are shown to their best advantage.

In the rear part of the monumental building, the Golden Bar welcomes its guests, not only during museum hours. Munich's best-known disco is also located in the basement of the building: the P1.

Contemporary Art: Goetz Collection

Die Kunstsammlering Ingvild Goetz, Foto: Philippe Chancel
Foto: Philippe Chancel

Since April 2011, film and media art from Ingvild Goetz's extensive collection has been on display in the former, original air-raid shelter. With almost 500 works by around 170 artists, it is the most important collection of its kind in Europe. The exhibitions change every six months and focus on different themes.

History: The House of German Art 1933

The Haus der Kunst was opened in 1937 by Adolf Hitler as the "House of German Art". During the Nazi rule, the exhibitions showed propaganda and kitsch art, everything modern was banned. The Haus der Kunst faces up to its past in an exhibition in the entrance area, which is accessible free of charge.

Archive Gallery: Visit the eventful history of the house

The Haus der Kunst has an eventful history behind it: Anyone who wants to take a closer look at it can visit the so-called Archiv Galerie since March 2014. An exhibition space that is accessible free of charge has been set up in the central hall for the Archiv Galerie. Here, artist Martin Schmidl has assembled furnishings and displays that document the history of the Haus der Kunst.

One focus is on the period of the Third Reich. For example, a list of corporate donations to the building, which opened in 1937, is on display. The "Depot Book for Pictures," which lists purchases of paintings and graphic art by Adolf Hitler, is also on display. The architectural history of the building is also treated in detail. It is further envisaged that there will be interventions by artists, scholars and curators throughout the exhibition.

Admission prices

Day ticket for all exhibitions: 14 Euro, reduced 10 Euro
  • East wing: 11 Euro, reduced 8 Euro
  • North gallery: 8 Euro, discounted admission 6 Euro
  • Goetz Collection: 5 Euro, discounted admission 3 Euro
  • Archive Gallery: free admission

Family ticket: 24 Euro (two adults with children / teenagers)

Annual ticket: Single 50 Euro, Partner 90 Euro

Free admission: On every first Thursday of the month between 6 p.m. and midnight


  • Location: At the English Garden, right next to the famous Eisbachwelle.
  • How to get there: Bus 100 to Königinstraße. U 4/5 to Lehel
  • Parking: There is a large parking lot behind the Haus der Kunst (for a fee)

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