Arts + Museums, Munich
Concierge.com's insider take:
Munich's third Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne, opened in September 2002. It's the little sister to the Old Pinakothek, which houses 14th- to 18th-century European painting, including Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Leonardo da Vinci (49-89-238-05216; www.pinakothek.de/alte-pinakothek; closed Mondays), and the New Pinakothek, which has 18th- to 19th-century European painting and sculpture, including English landscapes, French Impressionists, Biedermeier, and Art Nouveau (49-89-238-05195; www.pinakothek.de/neue-pinakothek; closed Tuesdays). Then there's the Glyptothek (49-89-286-100; www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de/glyptothek; closed Mondays) and the Staatliche Antikensammlung for the ancients, such as Greek and Roman sculpture (49-89-599-888-30; www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de/antikensammlung; closed Mondays), plus the major visiting exhibitions in the recently reconstructed Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung (49-89-224-412; www.hypo-kunsthalle.de), and the contemporary and avant-garde in the Aktionsforum Praterinsel (49-89-212-3830; www.praterinsel.org) and at the Lothringer 13 (49-89-448-6961; www.lothringer-dreizehn.com; closed Mondays). The major science and technology museum, the Deutsches Museum, celebrated its centenary in 2003 by opening the first stage of its Transport Museum extension—a collection ranging from the first car to the latest ICE Experimental (49-89-217-91; www.deutsches-museum.de/en), located in historc halls on the Theresienhöhe. Right off the imperially huge and empty Königsplatz is the intimate yellow Italianate villa that houses Lenbachhaus, a small but important collection of 19th- and 20th-century as well as contemporary art. The main focus is on paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and photographs by his partner, Gabriele Münter, though temporary and permanent additions include Paul Klee and recent work by Gerhard Richter and the German photographer of the moment, Thomas Demand (49-89-233-320-00; www.lenbachhaus.de; closed Mondays). These are just a few of the city's 46 museums. There are also 56 theaters, including the ornate Staatsoper, the State Opera House, one of the classic sights—because however modern Munich becomes, we still want to witness the history (49-89-218-501; www.bayerische.staatsoper.de).