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Alte Pinakothek

The collections of the Alte Pinakothek date back to the collecting zeal shown by the dukes, electors and kings of Bavaria from the House of Wittelsbach. King Ludwig I., the last and most important of the Wittelsbach collectors, commissioned the building from architect Leo von Klenze. It was opened in 1836, and became an archetype of classical museum architecture. Considerably damaged during the Second World War, the gallery was rebuilt by Hans Döllgast in 1957. However, rather then merely reconstructing the missing parts of the walls, these areas were replaced with bare brickwork, in order for them to remain as visible "wounds".

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The Alte Pinakothek houses one of the world´s most important collections. On display are more than 800 paintings, among them numerous well-known masterpieces of 14th to 18th Century European painting.

An exquisite collection of early Dutch painting including works by Rogier van der Weyden and Dieric Bouts can be found in close proximity to early German painting. This section includes Albrecht Dürer´s famous “Self Portrait” of 1500 and his “Four Apostles,” as well as masterpieces by Michael Pacher, Albert Altdorfer und Lucas Cranach. The scope and quality of Munich 's Flemish art collection, which includes works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordeans, makes it unique. The museums holdings also include the “Canigani Holy Family,” which was the first painting by Raphael to be brought to Germany . The Alte Pinakothek also boasts masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto, Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Murillo and Velasquez, Chardin and Boucher.
This superb and extensive collection makes it possible to explore the development of painting from the Middle Ages through to the end of the Rococo era. This art historical path is then continued through the 19th century with works displayed in the Neue Pinakothek and into the 20th century and contemporary times with works displayed in the Pinakothek der Moderne.


As a world-class painting gallery, the Alte Pinakothek is also a place where spectacular, special exhibitions are shown revolving around themes taken from aspects of European painting beginning with the Middle Ages through to the 18 th century. Small studio exhibitions as well as presentations of works from the museum's own collection are also part of a long, ongoing tradition.

Exhibition Dates

Previous Exhibitions

Images of the Resurrection
07.04.2007 -22.04.2007

French Masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries in German Collections
07.10.2005 -08.01.2006

Flemish Baroque for Neuburg Palace
23.06.2004 -05.09.2004

Rembrandt: The Sacrifice of Isaac
24.03.2004 -27.06.2004

Meisterwerke aus Ferrara. Dresdener Gemälde zu Gast in der Alten Pinakothek
12.11.2003 -29.02.2004

Isabella Rubens
17.10.2003 -18.01.2004

Rudolf Meyer
01.10.2003 -06.01.2004

Cy Twombly - Lepanto
04.09.2002 -24.11.2002

For further information about these exhibitions, please follow this link

Forthcoming exhibitions

Please consult our calendar listing events and exhibitions here, at the New Pinakothek as well as at the Pinakothek der Moderne


Regular Admission
5,50 Euro | Concessions 4 Euro
Including Audio-Guide
Sunday admission 1 Euro
Audio-Guide on Sundays 4 Euro

Annual Ticket for all three Pinakothek museums
70 Euro | Concessions 40 Euro

Opening hours

Gallery Hours
Daily except MON 10.00 - 18.00
TUE 10.00 - 20.00
Closed: Mondays, Shrove Tuesday, May 1st, Christmas Eve (24.12.), Christmas (25.12.), New Year's Eve (31.12.)
Opened: Easter Monday (09.04.), Whit Monday (28.05)

Getting there

You arrive at all Pinakotheks with

Line 27: stop "Pinakotheken"

U2 | U8: stop "Theresienstraße"
U3 | U6: stop "Odeonsplatz" or "Universität"

Or by Bus Line 154: stop „Schellingstraße“
Parking is not available

Please click here for a map


Entrance to the museum
The main entrance has a ramp to access the museum.

Available on the north side of the Alte Pinakothek. Access from Arcis- and Barerstrasse. Please ring at the barrier and show your handicapped pass.

There are four elevators. Access to all areas of the museum is ensured.

Chairs and Wheelchairs
Light, foldable chairs as well as wheelchairs are available. Please inquire at the information desk.

Restrooms for the handicapped are on the ground floor.

The cloakroom is on the ground floor.
T +49 (0)89 23805 216

Café Klenze
The Victorian House

Opening Hours
Daily except MON 10.00 – 18.30
TUE 10.30 – 20.30

T (089) 12134980

Publications of the Alte Pinakothek as well as postcards, posters or gift articles are available in our shop.

Opening Hours
Daily except MON 10.00 - 17.00
TUE 10.00 - 20.00

CEDON shopping service:

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News and events

The Alte Pinakothek offers concerts and lectures touching on topics relating to 14th to 18th century painting. The combined experience of looking at works of art and listening to music is one of the most wonderful ways of experiencing art in the Alte Pinakothek. Lectures by renowned art historians and experts round out the programme.

Current Events


Every Tuesday morning, experts of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen are available to answer your questions.

The art assessment is free of charge. No written assessments. No information on appraised value.

No appointment necessary.

DI | 09.00 -12.00 | except school holidays

Neue Pinakothek | Barer Str. 29
Staff entrance Theresienstrasse

Pictures of the paintings are not sufficient for an analysis. For this reason e-mails with attached pictures cannot be answered.


The History of the Alte Pinakothek

The basis for the current collection of the Alte Pinakothek is established: Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria (1493-1550) and his wife Jacobaea of Baden commission a series of history paintings for the Munich Residence. Numerous painters from key South German art centers participate: including Albrecht Altdorfer from Regensburg , Barthel Beham from Nuremberg , Jörg Breu and Hans Burkmair from Augsburg and from Munich Abraham Schöpfer, Hans Schöpfer and Ludwig Refinger. The subject matter of the works is taken from a range of events from Ancient Greek and Roman, as well as Hebrew and Early Christian history. The most well-know work of the series is Altdorfer's "The Battle of Issus".

Construction of the Kunstkammer (later the "Mint") by Wilhelm Egckl during the reign of Duke Albrecht V. Curiosities of nature as well as art objects are displayed. An inventory drawn up in 1598 lists, among other works, 778 paintings.

The Prince Elector Maximilian I (1573-1651) acquires major Old German paintings, including Albrect Dürer's "The Four Apostles;" the works were exhibited in the Kammergalerie, established between 1611-17. The Elector commissions a hunting cycle from Peter Paul Rubens from the (Old) Schleissheim Castle in 1615-16; only the "Hippopotamus Hunt" is still in Munich . Around the same time, another Wittelsbacher, Wolfgang Wilhelm, Palatine Count of Neuburg, Jülich and Berg (1578-1653), commissions Rubens to paint, among other works, the altarpiece for the high altar of the Jesuit church in Neuburg on the Danube, "The Large Last Judgement," which was to later come to Munich via Düsseldorf.

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Art appreciation of the Pinakothek museums –
An active encounter with artworks

The department responsible for Visitor Services and Art Appreciation devises and organises guided theme tours, discussions on art, workshops and educational programmes designed to meet the interests of specific groups. In addition to these activities, we arrange museum tours for private groups and publish information.
The Pinakothek museums have their own special location for art appreciation: It is the Palais Pinakothek, which is situated at number 4 in the Türkenstraße. This 3-storey building has rooms for workshops, seminars and other venues open to adults, children, young people and groups from social institutions.

To find you way yourself


Picture Library – Reproduction Rights

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (abbr. BStGS) comprise four museums in Munich: Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Sammlung Moderne Kunst in der Pinakothek der Moderne and Schack-Galerie and 15 State Galleries spread throughout Bavaria. They own a constantly updated picture library where almost all paintings and sculptures from their collections are registered with black-and-white photographs. The contents of this archive can be viewed for studies and scientific research during the office hours upon appointment.

b/w. photographs
Prints of any painting in the collection of the BStGS are available at a minimum of Euro 6 (plus postage and package).

Reproduction Rights
To purchase a photograph does not include the right to reproduce it in any form. An application must be made to our archive and fee must be paid. Its calculation depends on the print run, the distribution area, the description and the language of publication. Please note that we cannot process incomplete requests. It is your responsibility to obtain permission from the archive before reproducing a work from the collection of the BStGS, or this will be charged with a 100% supplement. The BStGS are holding the reproduction rights for the paintings in their possession. This does not include the copyright which remains with the artist himself if he is alive respectively with his heirs if he has been dead for less than 70 years.

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A museum remains vital only when it finds friends and patrons who feel personally allied to its goals and are prepared to commit themselves to the support of its collection. With a membership in the Pinakotheks-Verein you too can contribute to this goal. In view of the cuts in the state budget for museums, support through patrons is more important than ever before.

Two types of membership are available: ordinary or patron. The annual membership fee is staggered accordingly:

For ordinary members:
– Individuals: Euro 200
– Corporations: Euro 1.000

For patrons:
– Individuals: Euro 1.000
– Corporations: Euro 5.000

Members under 35 years of age can apply for a reduction of the membership fee to 80 Euro. Membership and contributions are tax deductible.


Official Patrons of the association are:
The President of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Bavarian Prime Minister
The head of the House of Wittelsbach

Venue hire

The Pin akothek museums as well as the Schack-Galerie are available for exclusive events outside of the museum's regular opening hours. You can rent the museums' foyers and book guided tours through the galleries.

exhibition area: 4200 m²
Area available for rental: 300 m²
Limited to a maximum of 200 guests (stand-up reception)

Outside the museum's regular opening hours

WED-FRI from 17.00.
All-day rentals available on MON
End of event: 24.00

Possible in the foyer. Open choice of caterer .
Only a cold buffet can be offered.
Smoking prohibited within the entire museum.

Available from the Staatsgemäldesammlungen.
Top art guides, foreign languages available.
Duration 60-90 minutes .
Max. 4 groups, otherwise art information guides will be on duty.

Barbara Siebert
Head of Eventmanagement
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Barer Strasse 29, D-80799 München