Peter Birkenholz: Kugelhaus, 1928 © Architekturmuseum der TUM

Architekturmuseum der TUM

The Architekturmuseum was established in 1868 as a teaching collection for students of architecture at the New Polytechnic College (Neue Polytechnische Schule), the precursor to the present-day Technical University (Technische Universität München). When Friedrich von Thiersch erected a new building for the University in Gabelsbergerstrasse in 1912, the architectural collection was accommodated in a large, representative wing of the building and formed the center of the Department of Architecture.

Due to changes in the formal education of architects - drawings and models were replaced by photographs and glass negatives, and planning increasingly focused on constructional engineering - the historic model collection was used less and less for instructional purposes in the 20s and 30s. The collection gradually turned into an architectural archive and was used for scientific research purposes. The timely evacuation of the architectural collection in the Second World War preserved the holdings from destruction. As the exhibition rooms of the collection had been completely demolished in the war, the salvaged treasures disappeared into storerooms on the university premises.


Egon Eiermann und Sep Ruf
Benthem Crouwel Architekten
Erik Gunnar Asplund
Theodor Fischer
Hermann Finsterlin

Archive becomes Museum

Since 1975 the scientific special collection has continually and systematically been transposed into an archive with the function of a museum and made available to the general public. In 1986 Winfried Nerdinger received a professorship in architectural history at the TUM, and two years later was appointed as the first Director of the Architecture Museum of the Technische Universität München. Since, the Museum has gained international attention through numerous exhibitions and publications. The museum advanced its programs in September 2002 by opening its own dedicated presentation rooms in the Pinakothek der Moderne.

After Nerdinger’s retirement in 2012, Andres Lepik was appointed as Professor of Architectural History and Curatorial Practice at the TUM and as the new director of the Architecture Museum.

Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik, Direktor des Architekturmuseum der TU München
Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik, Direktor des Architekturmuseum der TUM
Modell einer Stütze des Centre Pompidou von Richard Rogers, Peter Rice und Renzo Piano, 1971-1977
Model, Centre Pompidou by Richard Rogers, Peter Rice and Renzo Piano, 1971-1977 © Architekturmuseum der TUM

Das Architekturmuseum der TUM untersucht mit seinen Ausstellungen (in der Pinakothek der Moderne) die aktuelle und historische Perspektive gebauter Projekte, von der Lehmhütte bis zur Megacity und der Landschaftsplanung mit ihrer Bedeutung für eine globale Gesellschaft.

Prof. Dr. Andres Lepik
Director, Architekturmuseum der TUM

Architekturmuseum der TUM

Current exhibition of the museum

The Architecture Machine
The Role of Computers in Architecture
14/10/2020 - 06/06/2021
Taiwan Acts!
Architecture in social dialogue
08/07/2021 - 03/10/2021
Who‘s Next?
We Need to Talk About Homelessness
04/11/2021 - 06/02/2022

Planning your visit

As a result of general measures to contain the COVID-19 virus, the Pinakothek der Moderne will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Opening Hours

As a result of general measures to contain the COVID-19 virus, the Pinakothek der Moderne will remain closed to the public until further notice.


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

Further visitor information

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