The world’s only art museum on the potato is where? In Munich in the neighbourhood Berg am Laim, prescisely behind the train station Munich East on Grafinger Straße 2. This place is the former site of the company Pfanni and today houses the party area “Kultfabrik”.
Staple food of the Andean population, celebrated blossom in royal greenhouses and later poor man’s food – this and still more is covered by the humble, but multi-talented crop. The checkered career of the potato is presented in the potato museum since 1996. Ten years later, the museum was expanded to a new department, the Pfanni museum which depicts the history of the potato flakes and dumpling manufacturer Pfanni during 1949 to 1999.
Heart of the museum is an extensive art collection – there are oil paintings, watercolors and engravings, lithographs and prints as well as modern graphics. They all represent everything in any way related to the potato or the products made from it. Time documents also reflect the changes in the appreciation of this important crop. Thematically, the exhibition is divided into eight areas: from Inca Gold to people food to the Gallery of Modern Art. Besides the exhibition, the museum contains a library for scientific purposes.
Admission is free, and there are fee-based guides (3 € per person). The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday by appointment and regularly on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.