Museums & Art Galleries

Dachau: Town of artists

Painting by Lily Hildebrandt-Uhlmann, "Blick auf Dachau vom unteren Markt"
Painting by Lilly Hil­de­brandt-Uhl­mann "Blick auf Dachau vom Unteren Markt" | Privately owned

By the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Dachau, alongside Worpswede, was one of Europe's most important artists' villages.

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Dachau Painting Gallery

Picture Gallery Dachau
Outside view of picture gallery Dachau.

The Dachau Painting Gallery has a representative permanent collection of typical landscape and genre paintings of the 19th and early 20th century. Dachau was the site of one of the most important - in terms of art history - German artist colonies at that time, which had a large impact on the development of modern art in the twentieth century.
Famous painters, such as Christian Morgenstern, Carl Spitzweg, Eduard Schleich the Elder or Adolf Hölzel, Ludwig Dill and Arthur Langhammer prized the moor landscape of Dachau as an attractive motif. Special exhibitions vary.

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District Museum of Dachau

Photo of District Museum of Dachau, from above at a diagonal angle. Photo: City of Dachau
District Museum Dachau, photo: City of Dachau

The District Museum, which was awarded the Bavarian Museum Award in 1993, reflects the cultural of the town of Dachau and the county surrounding it. 

On three floors numerous impressive exhibits illustrate settlement forms and town history. Guild and market law, crafts and trade, everday life and festive traditions are portrayed as well as religious folklore and much more.  

Frequent special exhibitions highlight various aspects of cultural history.

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New Gallery Dachau

Photo of New Gallery Dachau, entrance with signs, photo City of Dachau
New Gallery Dachau, photo: City of Dachau

The New Gallery is exclusively dedicated to contemporary art. Re-opening in an idyllic courtyard at Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 20 on 20 May 2012, the gallery hosts at least five exhibitions a year. Young artists display their work in the areas of sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, and experimental art.

Many of the artists who have presented their work here since 1992 are internationally renowned, including Urs Lüthi, Michael Wesely, Jerry Zenuik, Rudi Tröger, Bodo Buhl, Gerhard Richter and Peter Wüthrich. They have made the New Gallery an acclaimed exhibition site at the gateway to Munich, one that is no longer an insider's tip.

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Gallery of the Artists´ Association Dachau

Galerie der KVD

The Artists' Association Dachau (KVD) – one of the last artists' associations in Bavaria – evolved from the artist's colony in Dachau at the beginning of the 20th century. 

The KVD has its own gallery, in which at least 8 exhibitions are held every year, including one with works from members of the association.

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Dachau Old Town Gallery

"Alter Metzgerhof"
Burgfriedenstr. 3
85221 Dachau

Ph. 08131 - 668523

Opening hours:
Thu 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri   6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Dachau Water Tower

Photo of "Wasserturm" former water tower in Dachau, illuminated at night. Photo: City of Dachau @Udo Bernhard
Wasserturm (former water Tower in Dachau), photo: City of Dachau @Udo Bernhart

The Dachau Water Tower provided the town with water from 1910 till 1969. It was nearly forgotten and in danger of falling apart until it was extensively restored in 1998. Through the work of the "Dachau Water Tower Promotion Society" (Forderverein Dachauer Wasserturm), it became the site of cultural events, such as exhibitions, author readings and concerts.

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