New Munich

With his decision to dismantle the old city walls in 1791, Elector Karl Theodor set the stage for a “New Munich”. This idea was prompted by changes in the political landscape, with the Kingdom of Bavaria being proclaimed in 1806 and Munich designated as its capital. During the reigns of Maximilian I Joseph, Ludwig I und Maximilian II, Munich flourished – evolving into a prestigious seat of royalty that also boasted its own university. Frequently ascribed to the city, the epithet "Athens on the Isar River" has become synonymous with an array of artists and scholars who made the city famous. These, however, were members of the royal court rather than citizens of Munich. This distinction may seem insignificant to us today but – back then – it represented an almost insurmountable divide.

Themes explored in Königssaal
The king’s effigies – The Canaletto view – The invention of the Old Town (Adamsaal) – The Biedermeier style and “Biedermeierism” – Edlinger north face – Munich heads – Athens on the Isar river– City of typhoid – Disasters: The tower wardens and the “elephant disaster” – Lola Montez – Munich beauties – Theresienwiese meadow – Foundry – Glass and steel – Nymphenburg porcelain – Victuals – The Isar River


Plan Your Visit

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Mondays

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month selected exhibitions at the Münchner Stadtmuseum are open until 8 pm. 

Every 2nd Friday of the month the exhibition "Here Comes the Night. Club Culture in Munich" is open until 10 pm.

Filmmuseum München  Screenings
Tuesday – Thursday 7 pm
Friday – Saturday 6 pm and 9 pm
Sunday 5 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