Glyptothek

Glyptothek information

Location
Munich , Germany
Address
Königsplatz 3
Getting there
Subway: Königsplatz
Bus: Königsplatz
More information
www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de
Prices
adult/concession €3.50/2.50, Sun €1
Opening hours
10am-5pm, to 8pm Thu, closed Mon
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If you're a fan of classical art or simply enjoy the sight of naked guys without noses (or other pertinent body parts), make a beeline to the Glyptothek. One of Munich's oldest museums, it's a feast of art and sculpture from ancient Greece and Rome amassed by Ludwig I between 1806 and 1830, and opens a surprisingly naughty window onto the ancient world.

An undisputed highlight is the marble Barberini Faun (220 BC), a sleeping satyr rendered in meticulous anatomical detail and striking a pose usually assumed by Playgirl centrefolds. Rooms X to XII contain superb busts, including one of a youthful Alexander the Great and several of Emperor Augustus. Also of note is the tomb relief of Mnesarete, a Greek courtesan. Don't miss the sculptures from the Aphaia Temple in Aegina with extensive supportive displays to lend context.

The inner courtyard has a calm and pleasant cafe where, in summer, classical theatre takes place under the stars.