Munich is a city of migration – migration influences every facet of its social and urban development. Migration occurs when an individual permanently changes their place of residence from one country to another. In all its guises and with all its related challenges and issues, migration is a fact of life and is deeply embedded in society, past, present and future.

Following a four-year project, Munich City Council has chosen to establish migration research as a permanent feature of the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s work starting in 2019. The Museum will now endeavor to foreground the history of migration in Munich throughout its exhibitions and raise public awareness of its importance. It will study the actors, places and images that best shine a light on everyday life in a city of migration like Munich, and explore issues such as racism and discrimination. It will scour its collections for items and sources that recount the history of migration in Munich, a line of investigation that has taken a back seat until now. However, we should remember that resources such as these often present an outsider’s point of view.

In conjunction with the Stadtarchiv München (Munich City Archives), we regularly conduct interviews to allow Munich’s migration actors to tell us their life stories. The full video interviews may be viewed by prior arrangement at the Munich City Archives. Extracts from our interviews are available here.

We have therefore sought to supplement our existing holdings with donations and loans from migrant associations, organizations and private individuals. We hope this will provide a more rounded historical picture and add new voices and viewpoints to our collections. With a view to developing our holdings and giving them greater visibility, we intend to establish new partnerships and make our exhibitions even more participatory– some are even set to travel in line with the museum’s ambition to portray Munich as a city of migration.

Exhibitions of migration research are presented in the Einwand Gallery.

Plan Your Visit

Opening hours

Although the Münchner Stadtmuseum's exhibitions closed on January 8, 2024, for a complete renovation, the cinema and the Stadtcafé will remain open to visitors until June 2027.

Information to Von Parish Costume Library in Nymphenburg

Filmmuseum München – Screenings
Tuesday / Wednesday 6.30 pm and 9 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Friday / Saturday 6 pm and 9 pm
Sunday 6 pm

Getting here

S/U-Bahn station: Marienplatz
U-Bahn station: Sendlinger Tor
Bus 52/62 stop: St.-Jakobs-Platz


St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
80331 München
Phone +49-(0)89-233-22370
Fax +49-(0)89-233-25033
E-Mail stadtmuseum(at)
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