Please note that the museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are closed until 14 January 2022 due to the current Corona Emergency Ordinance. Current information on corona-related restrictions


Ethnological museums are the subject of much and intense debate, not only about their colonial past, but also about their future relevance and role in society. With the project Re:INVENTING GRASSI.SKD our museum is embarking on a multi-layered restructuring project.

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Direktorin der Völkerkundemuseen in Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut

Our collection and its History

The objects you can see in the permanent exhibition belong to various collections. Discover some of their background here.



The Leipzig Museum für Völkerkunde was founded on a collection by civil servant and librarian Gustav Klemm. Today its multiple collections comprise about 200.000 objects.

History of the collections

Goldener Buddha
© GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
Keeper of the Worlds (Detail), Beijing, 18th century, Collection Speck von Sternburg, photo: Vanessa Kaspar

Our Team

Get in touch for any kind of questions or inquiries regarding our museum.

Museum library

Museum library

Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig

Further information

Terms of use (German only)

© SKD, Foto: Valerie Eckl

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