Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens the photography exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" for the public on 25 May

On 25 May 2020, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its successful photography exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" for the public. Visitors can then view the 270 exhibits from the historical image archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with certain limitations – up to and including 31 July 2020 at that.

Due to the currently applicable hygiene and distancing regulations, maximally 31 visitors can be present at the exhibition at the same time. Visitors must also wear face masks in the exhibition rooms. The opening hours of the exhibition have been adapted on the basis of the general limitations introduced in the library (Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 17:00).

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: "After the extraordinarily successful start of our photography exhibition at the beginning of March, we considered it important to make the exhibition accessible to the public again. We are pleased that we can extend the exhibition up to the end of July."

270 historical images from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s invite visitors to go on an exciting journey through time in Munich and its surroundings. The extraordinary photographs are from well-known Munich photographers, such as Franz Hanfstaengl, Georg Fruhstorfer, Felicitas Timpe or Heinrich Hoffmann. The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which manages the photographic legacies and image archives, offers a representative insight into the institution’s outstanding photograph collections.

MUNICH. LOOK here! The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Up to 31 July 2020
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, 1st floor

Information about the exhibition, the hygiene rules, as well as the virtual exhibition can be found at

Opening hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 17:00
(closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on bank holidays)

Admission free

Companion volume published by Schirmer/ Mosel Verlag, available at the exhibition for € 29.80 | in book shops for € 49.80
With the kind support of the association Förderer und Freunde der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek e. V.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Underground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse

Image material
The pub Bayerischer Donisl in the Weinstrasse (fruh-00011)
Squeezed into a space between other buildings, the Donisl with its opening hours up to 5 in the morning is a symbol of gradual normalisation in the time after the war. Georg Fruhstorfer, 1948 – 1949
Photo credits/ all rights: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/ Image Archive

Press release for download
Press release  (PDF, 129 KB)  (in German)

Contact persons

Dr. Cornelia Jahn
Department of Maps and Images
Phone  +49 89 28638-2287

Peter Schnitzlein
Press and Public Relations
Phone  +49 89 28638-2429


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. Holding around 33 million media, the library forms part of the most important heritage institutions worldwide. With more than 2.5 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad variety of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.