While the city might be most famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, Munich’s vast array of museums boast a reputation to rival Berlin’s, with world class art and ground-breaking exhibitions drawing in the crowds. The city is home to dozens of museums devoted to the arts, science and history, as well as a number of more unique offerings – there’s even a museum dedicated to the humble potato (yes, really). Best of all, save your explorations for the weekend, when a vast number of Munich’s museums offer free or €1 entry.
The enormous Deutsches Museum could easily take the entire weekend to explore, with plenty of interactive displays to entertain the younger generation and combines entrance to the adjourning aviation and transportation museums where you can marvel over ancient air-crafts and train wagons. Art lovers can spend the weekend pondering Roman and Greek classics at the Glyptothek, check out modernist works at the Lenbachhaus and Pinakothek der Moderne or take a journey through European Art history at the Alte Pinakothek, each for less than the price of a cappuccino. Looking for something a little bit different? How about gawping at the stuffed animals at the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (the German Museum of Hunting and Fishing) or marveling over folkloric tales and Bavarian curiosities at the Bayerisches National Museum (the Bavarian National Museum).
To save on transportation while museum-hopping, try a Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour!
If your travel budget won’t stretch to the €1 entrance fees, don’t fret! There are legitimately free museums in Munich. The Museum Mensch und Natur (the museum of man and nature) – a fascinating insight into evolution – offers free entry on Sundays and the Geologisches (Geological Museum) and Kartoffelmuseum (potato museum) are both free to visit on any day of the week.