Museums and exhibitions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Seeing, marvelling and experiencing
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – a region rich in history, culture and the arts. If the two towns could talk, they’d have plenty to tell us.
Let tales about the region and its people impress you at the Werdenfels Museum! Listen to stories at the Aschenbrenner Museum! Or stroll through the exhibition at the Olympia Ski Stadium!
Take your time while on holiday to find out a little bit more about the Zugspitz region!
Exhibitions at the Olympia Ski Stadium
Informative, shocking, fascinating and exciting: The “Die Kehrseite der Medaille” (“The Flip-side of the Medal”) exhibition at the Olympia Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen invites visitors on a historic journey back to the year of 1936. A year in which not only sports history was written …
The Olympic Games served a particular purpose for those in power during the Third Reich: to utilize the public fascination with this sports event that was broadcast worldwide, for spreading propagandistic messages. Perfect organisation, logistics and competition planning as well as new buildings and elaborately designed competition sites were intended to convey the image of a peaceful Germany.
As the original documents and info boards show, the situation was entirely different behind the scenes: The oppression of political enemies, bullying, humiliation and deprivation of rights of German Jews and other minorities was continued relentlessly.
Impressive and well worth seeing: The exhibition at the Olympia Ski Stadium examines the two sides of the medal. It’s the portrait of a dark chapter in the history of Garmisch-Partenkirchen that offers plenty of food for thought.
Tip: virtual paperchase. You’d like to be right in the middle of it all? Then how about experiencing the exhibition in an entirely new way? With the free “Actionbound App”, questions are answered and you get access to all kinds of video and image footage as well as audio reports. Here’s your paperchase through the IV Olympic Winter Games of 1936.
Olympia Ski Stadium Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Karl-und-Martin-Neuner-Platz (eastern entrance)
The Werdenfels Museum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen emerged from a private collection in 1895. Today, it’s one of the most important museums of its kind in Bavaria.
On five floors and an exhibition area of 900 square metres, you can learn more about the exciting history and culture of the Werdenfels region. Countless originals of folk art, handicrafts as well as items from bourgeois and farm life perfectly portray a time long gone.
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00
In 2006, an important museum in the Zugspitz region opened its doors: At the Aschenbrenner Museum, fine porcelain meets the delicate world of dolls and has nativity scene fans excited.
The people of Werdenfels have filled the legacy of Marianne Aschenbrenner, the museum’s founder, with life. Alongside a fascinating nativity landscape at the modern newly-built part of the museum, it houses an extensive collection of porcelain and puppets, on a 300-square-metre area.
By the way: Little puzzles, peepholes und try-out stations turn a visit to the museum into an exciting experience for little visitors as well.
Good to know: The Aschenbrenner Museum is wheel-chair accessible.
Tuesday to Sunday and Friday from 11:00 to 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Composer, conductor, cultural politician, member of the educated class and family man … Richard Strauss was a person with many facets. Discover the life and works of a man with seemingly inexhaustible creative energy at the Richard-Strauss-Institute in the Kurpark Partenkirchen!
The international Strauss Centre houses an open permanent exhibition, a concert hall as well as a specialised library and archive. The symphony and chamber music concerts along with the annual Richard-Strauss-Festival are absolute highlights in the Zugspitz region. No wonder they attract fans of music, music scientists and musicians from all over the world.
Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00