In the beautiful centre of Munich, located on Prater Island, the Alpine Museum invites you to come along and delve into the fascinating world of the Alps. Apart from paintings and graphics highlighting the Alpine world, there are numerous historical documents, photographs and posters. Gear items deriving from different decades are evidence of man conquering and acquiring knowledge of how to cultivate the Alps. While this permanent exhibition invites you into the world of Alpinism and the way it evolved, there are special exhibitions covering smaller topics from the mountainous world, such as the development projects in the Alpine region.
Get a deeper insight into the history of the Alps at one of the guided tours through the museum. There are specially designed tours for children, allowing your kids to become explorers and participate in practical and artful activities.
The construction of the Alpine Museum was decided by the general assembly of the German and Austrian Alpine Association in 1907. After the former Café Isarlust on Prater Island in Munich was picked as the most suitable location for the Alpine Museum, the Alpine Association officially opened the museum in December 1911.
Former exhibitions used to show flora and fauna of the Alpine region, presented famous mountain climbers and informed about activities carried out by the Alpine Association. After the building was destroyed during the Second World War, the museum's collection's had to be temporarily transferred to mine tunnels in Austria. After the war, the administration of the German Alpine Association moved premises to Prater Island, where the museum was re-opened in 1996.
How to get there
As there are no parking facilities in front of the museum, it is recommended to use public transport to get here. Tram line 18 calls at Mariannenplatz station, which is in about 2 minutes' walking distance. Subway lines U4/ U5 call at “Lehel” station, which is in close proximity to the museum.