Please note that the 1st floor of the GRASSI Museums für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig with the permanent exhibitions Asia and Europe is closed until further notice.

History of the Collection

The museum was founded by Leipzig citizens in 1869. In subsequent years the collection grew considerably not only by way of new acquisitions, but also of objects donated or endowed by friends, patrons, or sponsors. Back then, well-renowned personalities were closely linked to the museum, among them Heinrich Schliemann who discovered Troy, as well as the publishers Brockhaus and Meyer.


Ganesha, Götterplastik, Indien, Foto: Tom Dachs
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