1888–1916: Ernst von Destouches (1843–1916)
Ernst von Destouches was the city archivist. He combined this position with his role as Director of the Historisches Stadtmuseum, a post he held until his death.
1916–1924: Karl Dietl (?)
Karl Dietl was the Director of the Städtische Malschule (Municipal School of Painting), holding this post concurrently with his position as Director of the Historisches Stadtmuseum.
1925–1934: Dr. Eberhard Hanfstaengl (1886–1973)
Eberhard Hanfstaengl was appointed by the City of Munich to be the founding director of the Städtische Galerie (Municipal Gallery) in 1924 / 1925. He combined the roles of Director of the Historisches Stadtmuseum and director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. Following his appointment in 1934 to a post in Berlin, the Historisches Stadtmuseum and the Städtische Galerie adopted separate organizational structures.
1935–1954: Konrad Schießl (1889–1970)
Konrad Schießl had already worked at the Historisches Stadtmuseum since 1911. After World War I, he began to take an active role in the management of the museum. He also temporarily took over as Director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus when the position became vacant in 1938.
1954–1969: Dr. Max Heiß (1904–1971)
Before his appointment as Director, Max Heiß had already worked at the Historisches Stadtmuseum under Konrad Schießl since 1935. A painter by profession, he obtained a doctorate in art history in 1955, at the age of 51. He is not to be confused with his namesake Max Heiß, who worked for the Nazi regime as art trade advisor to the Munich-Upper Bavaria Director of the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts.
1969–1980: Dr. Martha Dreesbach (1929–1980)
After obtaining a doctorate in 1958 from Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, art scholar Martha Dreesbach became the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s first ever female researcher. She was promoted to Director in 1969, a position she held until her early death in 1980, aged just 50.
1980–1987: Dr. Christoph Stölzl (1944–2023)
Historian and literary scholar Christoph Stölzl directed the Münchner Stadtmuseum for seven years. He went on to become the Founding Director of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.
1988–2009: Dr. Wolfgang Till (b. 1944)
A graduate in Folklore Studies, Wolfgang Till began as a volunteer at the Münchner Stadtmuseum in 1972. He worked on "Bavaria – Art and Culture", a major exhibition designed to mark the Munich Olympics. He was appointed Director in 1988 and remained in the post for 20 years.
2010–2019: Dr. Isabella Fehle (b. 1954)
Isabella Fehle is an art historian who has held important positions in Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Kornwestheim. Before her appointment to the Münchner Stadtmuseum, she served as Director of the Hällisch-Fränkisches-Museum in the city of Schwäbisch Hall and the Mainz State Museum.
2020–present: Dr. Frauke von der Haar (b. 1960)
Frauke von der Haar is a cultural and art historian. After completing a traineeship at the Rhineland Archives and Museum Department, she served as Deputy Director of the German Blade Museum and as Director of the Grafschafter Museum in Moers Castle. Following an assignment as conservator at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, she was appointed Director of Bremen’s Focke Museum of History and Art History in 2008. She has served as Director of the Münchner Stadtmuseum since 2020.