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A warm welcome to the Long Night of Munich Museums

1999-2019 – hard to believe that there has been a Long Night of Munich Museums for 20 years now! And there is still so much to discover. Because on this longest night of the year for Munich’s museums, a special series of supporting programs will also be taking place at virtually every venue, complementing the current exhibitions already on display.
Visitors will be able to experience knowledge transfer of the lively variety, for example at the Museum Mensch und Natur (Museum for Humans and Nature) with a flight in the “Birdly Flight Simulator” or in the Xylothek der Holzforschung München (Xylotheque at the Wood Research Munich) with a peek through a microscope. Dialogues with experts at the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum of the MTU (Technical University of Munich) will offer a chance for spontaneous exchanges, and specialist tours will be available at the Haus der Kunst (House of Art), in the whiteBox and at the BMW Group Classic. Visitors can follow along with instructive live demonstrations at the Galerie Handwerk (Gallery of Crafts) and first-time participant Elektronenröhren-Museum (Electron Tube Museum). And at many venues visitors will not have to miss out on their music fix either, for example at the Museum Fünf Kontinente (Museum Five Continents) – musicians there will be underscoring visits to the exhibition with waves of cross-cultural sound.
The offerings are vast and varied, and the choice is up to you! A peek at the homepage muenchner.de/museumsnacht is well worth it. There you can filter the program on offer based on a wide variety of personal criteria.
We would like to thank all our cooperation partners and sponsors for their fantastic support and wish everyone right now a sleepless night full of inspiring experiences.

Maren Köhler and the team from Münchner Kultur GmbH

The motif for this year’s poster comes from the Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the Kunstbau München – you can find more details on it here.


nullThe Long Night of Munich’s Museums is an annual highlight in the Bavarian capital’s cultural calendar of events. Once a year, visitors can spend an evening roaming at will around exhibitions at more than 90 museums and collections, galleries and churches where they can experience art, culture, natural sciences and technology in very special ambiances. An appealing supporting program will again be complementing the exhibitions this year: visitors can choose from tours, concerts, light shows and many more special activities.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Museum Brandhorst, for example, is inviting visitors to experience specially constructed selfie monitors with unique face filters – a link between contemporary art and our daily lives that has possibly been largely overlooked till now. The Deutsches Museum will also be vibrating at all its exhibitions. Besides the popular high-voltage demonstrations and science shows, un-real experiences will, for the first time, be generated using augmented and virtual reality. The Deutsches Theatermuseum will also be taking advantage of a very unusual form of presentation: Ödön von Horváth‘s life stations Munich, Murnau and Vienna will be stepping onto the stage as characters and communicating with visitors.
So there’s a lot to discover. The composition of the program of the Long Night is an impressive reflection of the stunning variety the Munich museum landscape embodies. I would like to wish every single visitor a wonderful time on their nocturnal prowl!

Bernd Sibler     
Bayerischer Staatsminister für Wissenschaft und Kunst

Image © StMWK


Do you want to experience our museum landscape by night? Then you’ve got it just right with the Long Night of Munich Museums on Saturday, October 19th! More than 90 institutions will be presenting here, and I am particularly pleased that all city museums and collections as well as the city’s art spaces will be participating and offering a fantastic program of art and culture, history, local interest, natural sciences and technology. Besides the current exhibitions, a supporting program as varied as it is amusing will also be awaiting visitors. While Munich’s own city museum, the Münchner Stadtmuseum, will be pulling out all the stops with an audio-visual installation on its exterior façade, the Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) will let you experience experimental sounds inside. At the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum and in the Kunstbau (Art Tract) of the Lenbachhaus, on the other hand, one can follow the paths of pioneering artist couples. In the process, the Kunstbau will also be granting first insights into its coming exhibition “Lebensmenschen” (Life People) in which you can, by the way, also see this year’s poster motif for the Long Night by Alexej von Jawlensky. As always, MVG Shuttle Buses will be shortening the distances between the museums, among them even a few historical old transit buses that will be giving the trip to Munich’s Transit Museum, the MVG Museum, a certain nostalgic flair.

I would like to thank the team at Münchner Kultur GmbH that has been mounting the Long Night of Munich Museums with great dedication for 20 years now, but also all the partners at the exhibiting venues and the many sponsors of this event. To all night owls, let me wish you a great deal of pleasure and an unforgettable Munich Museum Night 2019!

Dieter Reiter
Oberbürgermeister der Landeshauptstadt München