18 August 2008

Alte Pinakothek

The Kunstreal is Munich's museum quarter. Within a few blocks there are six major museums with two more under construction. The Alte Pinakothek displays European art from the 14th to the 18th centuries based on the collection built up by the Wittlesbach family - the former ruling family of Bavaria.

The original Alte Pinakothek opened in 1836 but following significant damage during the wartime bombing of the city the museum only reopened in 1957. The architect responsible for the reconstruction, Hans Döllgast, left some of the wartime destruction still visible in the newly reconstructed building.

The museum is big enough to have a significant collection but compact enough not to be overwhelming. Sunday is the best day to visit since the entrance fee is only 1 Euro instead of the usual 9.50 Euro.

The very comprehensive museum website also offers an online tour of the galleries with information on over 100 of the museums works.

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