March 20 - 30, 2020
KUCKUCK – a theater festival for young explorers
KUCKUCK is an international theater festival for the under-5s. Its performances, held at three venues, offer a lively combination of sound, dance, objects, puppets, light and smell to create a truly sensory theater experience. The week-long festival will explore and theater in all its facets and present it to the very young through guest performances, lectures and continuing education programs. Partners and venues include the FigurenTheaterForum München (Munich Puppet Show Forum)/Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Schauburg – Theater für junges Publikum der Landeshauptstadt München (Munich City Theater for Young People) and the Evangelische Familien-Bildungsstätte Elly Heuss-Knapp (Elly Heuss-Knapp Protestant Church Family Education Center).

May 29 – September 13, 2020
A World in Transition. The Art of the 1920s – from Otto Dix to August Sander
The 1920s was a time of great extremes and contrasts, full of hope and despair, light and shade. In this exhibition, painting and photography enter into dialogue to illuminate a period which, while abounding in artistic innovation, was also showing growing signs of the impending cultural decline brought by the Nazis. The movements of New Objectivity in painting and New Vision in photography, with their modern styles, strove to achieve an objective, true-to-life or veristic representation of their subjects. The exhibition traces this artistic dialog through a series of portraits, particularly nudes and self-portraits, cityscapes, still lifes, images of industry and technology and political collages. It showcases some 220 photographs, paintings and graphic artworks alongside the leading photographic publications of the day and selected films by avant-garde artists. Created in cooperation with the Bucerius Kunst Forum museum in Hamburg, it features works by artists such as Aenne Biermann and Erwin Blumenfeld, Otto Dix, Hugo Erfurth, Carl Grossberg, Florence Henri, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Walter Peterhans, Max Radler, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz, Sasha Stone and Umbo.

July 17 – September 27, 2020
FORUM 051: Jonathan Danko Kielkowski – unbounded
US photo artist and documentary photographer Richard Misrach once said that “Beauty entices people to stop and look”. Photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski (b. 1988) transforms his documentary images into works of art. His chosen subjects are places forgotten and abandoned by human history. His images document traces of humankind’s encroachment on and exploitation of the natural world and yet are free of any recriminatory tone sometimes found in journalistic photography. Take, for example, his photographs of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which grounded off the Tuscan coast in 2012.The Nuremberg photographer managed to swim aboard and photograph the wreck shortly before it was scrapped. Kielkowski’s most recent work and book are devoted to Pyramiden, an abandoned Soviet coal mining town on the island of Spitsbergen. This area’s bizarre and moribund landscapes stand as testament to failed technological visions of the future.

October 16, 2020 – March 14, 2021
Jewelry in Munich
Since the end of the 19th century, the craft of goldsmithing has gained in importance in Munich, and substantial numbers of goldsmiths still live and work in the city today. This is in no small part due to the internationally renowned jewelry and hollowware course offered by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The Münchner Stadtmuseum has been fortunate to acquire a collection of Munich jewelry dating mainly from the period between the 1880s and 1930s and has joined forces with students from the Academy of Fine Arts course and their professor, Karen Pontoppidan, to mount an exhibition of this work. It seeks not only to offer visitors insights into these historical works and their background, but also to showcase today’s budding jewelry artists, their training, aims, approaches and significant works.

March 6, 2021 – January 02, 2022
Here comes the night – Munich’s nightlife
While Munich’s nightlife has been central to the cultural history of the city since the late 19th century, this exhibition focuses on its clubbing and nightlife culture since the end of World War II. Who are its iconic people and which institutions best represent Munich’s nightlife past and present? Where is this nightlife mainly to be found? How important has Munich’s nightlife been in terms of urban planning and the economy and what is its role today? How has the city’s nightlife influenced urbanization in Munich in times gone by? The exhibition examines these and many other relevant issues including migration, the creation of gender identities, processes of social inclusion and exclusion, and work.

Plan Your Visit


St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
80331 München
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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

Munich Film Museum Screenings
Tuesday – Sunday 6.30 pm + 9 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Screening times may change if the film exceeds standard duration

Getting here

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