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Visiting Grassi Museum Leipzig

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The Grassi Museum is a building complex in Leipzig, Germany, home to three museums: the Ethnography Museum, Musical Instruments Museum, and Applied Arts Museum. It is sometimes known as the 'Museums in the Grassi', or as the 'New' Grassi Museum, to distinguish it from the older building with this name, now home to the municipal library.

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A Tour At Grassi Museum

A Tour At Grassi Museum

1. Applied Arts Museum

1. Applied Arts Museum

TheApplied Arts Museum opened in 1874 under the name of 'Kunstgewerbemuseum Leipzig' (Museum of Applied Art of Leipzig), and is the second oldest Museum of Applied Art in Germany. With its first-class collection, it counts as one of the leading Museums of Applied Art in Europe. The classical areas of textiles, ceramics and porcelain, furniture, glass, noble and base metals, sculptures made from wood and stone, decorative and practical pewterware, symbolist work, tools and equipment are richly represented. Craftwork and design of the 20 th century also depict central key points. After extensive building renovation and modernisation, the museum was reopened in December 2007 with the first tour of its newly conceived permanent exhibition 'Antike bis Historismus'. This is one of the best things to do at Grassi Museum.

2. Museum of Musical Instrumens

2. Museum of Musical Instrumens

Next thing to do at Grassi Museum is to see the history of musical instruments. The Museum of Musical Instruments opened for the first time on the 30th of May 1929. From its beginning, the Museum has been part of Leipzig University. Its activities include research and education, and it is open to all friends of music. The museum owns nearly 5000 European and non-European musical instruments, an iconographic collection, as well as a collection of historic sound storage mediums, including approximately 3500 piano rolls for player pianos and numerous graphemes. Part of the collection has been recorded in detailed catalogues, some of which are available online. Additionally, numerous audio examples are available. These recordings document the sound of historic instruments while providing valuable insights into current knowledge of historic performance practice.

3.  Enthnography Museum

3. Enthnography Museum

The Enthnography Museum is a large ethnographic museum in Leipzig, Germany. Today it is part of the Grassi Museum, an institution which also includes the Museum of Applied Arts and the Museum of Musical Instruments, based in a large building on the Johannisplatz. The Enthnography Museum is one of three museums in the Saxonian State Ethnographical Collections which belong to the Dresden State Art Collections. With over 200,000 objects it is among the largest ethnographic collections in Germany. You need to purchase the Grassi Museum ticket to visit this museum.

Grassi Museum Leipzig Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Grassi Museum Ticket can be purchased online on their website. It is the easiest way to get your tickets. The museum also has a ticket office near the entrance if you don't have time to purchase the tickets online. You need different Grassi Museum Ticket to see the permanent and special exhibitions and all three Grassi Museums. Admission is free for under 18 and for those accompanying a person with a disability. You can also get free admission on the first Wednesday of every month.

How To Get Around?

Grassi Museum tour is accessible by wheelchair and foot. If you wish to go somewhere around the museum, there is a tram stop nearby. You can also ride a bike or walk to reach the important places around the museum.

What Should I Wear?

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Grassi Museum Leipzig Facts

Best Time to Visit

Grassi Museum tour can be done at any time of the year. Check their website to see their opening hours before you go.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, it's easy to get around and there are signs everywhere. It is better to get the audio guide if you want to know more about the museums.

How To Get There?

The Grassimuseum is located on the eastern border of the inner city  approximately 300 m from the Augustusplatz (Gewandhaus/Opera). If you go by car, We recommend to use the parking Augustusplatz. From there you can take the tramway lines 4, 7, 12, 15 and stop at Johannisplatz/Grassimuseum.

Additional Info

Photos must be taken without flash and without aids, such as tripods and selfiesticks. Selfie sticks can be used in the meadow in front of the Johannisplatz. The photos may only be used for private purposes. We point out that publication on the internet and in the social media does not constitute private use and copyright may be infringed. In general, take care when shooting (especially selfies), so that no objects of the museum are damaged.