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Glyptothek. Ancient sculptures

External View of the Building: erected in Ionic style by Leo v. Klenze between 1816 and 1830.

Museum Café: the inner courtyard of the Glyptothek invites visitors to linger over coffee and cake.

Almost as in Rome: the vaulting of the corner rooms recall the dome of the Roman Pantheon.

Perfect Museum Rooms: the rooms of the museum form an ideal setting for the ancient sculptures.

A “Who’s Who?” – the Gallery in the Roman Room shows prominent and private persons (1st-4th centuries AD).

  • Kunstareal
  • Art
  • Culture


Königsplatz 3
80333 München


Gallery Hours

Voraussichtlich bis Oktober 2020 wegen Sanierung geschlossen.
accessible with help

The exhibit tour leads the visitor through the history of ancient sculpture between 600 BC and 400 AD and features world-famous originals. Two statues of boys dating to the 6th century BC belong to the most beautiful examples of archaic sculpture. The famous "Barberini Faun" stretched out and sleeping on a rock represents Hellenistic Art. Looking down at the Faun is the mask of "Medusa Rondanini" which originates in the 5th century BC. Opposite the Roman copies of Greek art stand exquisite original burial reliefs from the 4th century BC. The sculptures from the Aphaia Temple in Ägina are the most valuable possession of the museum. They were shaped during the transition from archaic to classic style and express the change in the form of Greek art like no other work of ancient times. The other halls of the Glyptothek display Greek and Roman busts and portraits. The "Drunk Woman" and the "Boy with the Goose" close out the Glyptothek circuit with two pieces of Hellenistic art which then form a type of unit with the State Collections of Antiquities on the other side of the Königsplatz.

The Glyptothek was built between 1816 and 1830 (during the reign of King Ludwig I). That makes it one of the world’s oldest buildings intended as a museum from the start. Leo von Klenze designed it as a temple complex in Greek-Ionian style. Ornamented with colossal frescoes and rich stucco, the building is the nucleus of the Königsplatz. Ludwig I used the Glyptothek to showcase his ancient artifacts acquired in Greece and Rome. This illustrated the exemplary crafts of ancient times for his subjects. Serving as a comparison, one hall contained the works of contemporaries like Canova or Thorvaldsen which should define the artistic taste for the Munich public. The larger halls of the Glyptothek were also used as festive auditoriums.
After the damage of 1944 the building was re-designed and opened in 1972. The frescoes were consciously left out. The precise craftsmanship on the brick walls provides a plain, yet effective background for the ancient sculptures.

Angebote des Museumspädagogischen Zentrums (MPZ)
Familien- und Ferienaktionen, Geburtstage für Kinder und Jugendliche im Museum, Veröffentlichungen, Programme für Klassen aller Schularten und Jahrgangsstufen und Kindertagesstätten, Fortbildungen

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