Photography Collection

    The Photography Museum (now Photography Collection) was opened in 1963. With over 850,000 photos, it ranks among the leading collections in Europe. Although its main focus is on photography up to 1980, the collection is being consistently expanded to include contemporary themes as well. With its purchase of the collection created by the photographer and Jewish emigrant Josef Breitenbach in 1977, it gained over 600 original works by internationally renowned photographers including Berenice Abbott, Robert Capa and André Kertesz. These now form the centerpiece of the collection. Another key addition was the 1984 purchase of Uwe Scheid’s collection on the history of 19th century photography containing over 1,000 items. In 1985 the Franz Hanfstaengl Foundation was incorporated into the museum. And since 1991, the museum has benefited from a further 30 archives and estates. These include more than 1,300 vintage prints bequeathed by Herbert List, and the archives of Thomas Hoepker, Philipp Kester, Hermann Landshoff, Alois Löcherer, Barbara Lüdecke, Stefan Moses, Flosis M. Neusüss, Barbara Niggl Radloff, Regina Relang, Hans Schreiner and his Institute for Photojournalism, Frank Eugene Smith, Dimitri Soulas, Vlasimir Vinski, Stefan Moses, Regina Relang, Frank Eugene Smith, Hermann Landshoff, and the German magazine Quick.

    One major attraction for visitors is the so-called "Kaiserpanorama" – an early form of mass media popular in Europe around 1900 – which allows up to 25 people simultaneously to watch 3-D ”slide shows” on cities or foreign travel. Preserved in its original condition, the "Kaiserpanorama" is located in the permanent exhibition "Typically Munich!".

    A specialist library comprising more than 14,000 volumes and 1,000 rare books on photography is available for use by students and researchers. The collection’s reputation as a major center of photography was established by a series of monographic and theme-related exhibitions during the 1970s. The past decades have seen numerous retrospectives on photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Roger Ballen, Felice Beato, Joachim Brohm, Samuel Bourne, Adolphe Braun, Harry Callahan, Frank Eugene Smith, Thomas Hoepker, Annie Leibovitz, Herbert List, Stefan Moses, Irving Penn, Toni Schneiders, Giorgio Sommer and Juergen Teller. Some of the theme-based exhibitions have set out to document the cultural history of photography. These explore the social and political impact of photojournalism and the importance of home and family photography. Manifestations of contemporary European photography are featured in the so-called "FORUM”.

    Selected works from the archives of photographer Philipp Kester (1873-1958) are available at Some of the works of photographer Elfriede Reichelt (1883-1953) and a number of works by photographer Ingeborg Hoppe (1920-1983) may be viewed at The collection of approximately 400 photos by Heidelberg painter and photographer Georg Maria Eckert (1828-1901) can be accessed via bpk-Bildagentur (formerly called Prussian Heritage Image Archive) and the Deutsche Fotothek, together with the works of further photographers, drawn from the Siegert Collection: Leopold Ahrendts, Ludwig Belitski, Georg Koppmann, Charles Marville und Felix Alexander Oppenheim.

    In spring 2012, the archives of German-American photographer Hermann Landshoff (1905 -1986) were donated to the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s Photography Collection for research purposes. The following year, the findings of this intensive research were presented at an exhibition entitled “Hermann Landshoff: A Retrospective. Photographs 1930-1970” and in its accompanying publication. This was the general public‘s first opportunity to view Landshoff’s varied photographic oeuvre which has been especially influential in the field of fashion photography. His extensive portrait cycles of contemporary photographers, artists and authors are unique in their field. The archive’s 3,600 photographs have been digitized as part of the research project and may now be accessed in their entirety at For any enquiries about the images, please contact

    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)
    E-Mail filmmuseum(at)

    Ticket reservation Phone +49-(0)89-233-24150