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Future of the Museum

Through our Future Program REINVENTING GRASSI. SKD, funded by the “Initiative for Ethnological Collections” of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, we will extensively redesign our museum in the upcoming years. Step by step, we want to transform ourselves into a Network Museum in which different voices have the opportunity to speak and different regions have the ability to connect with each other. Together, we cast critical perspectives on the ethnological collections, their acquisition and exhibition history.


After the postponement, we will present the first part in spring 2022, which addresses the museum’s founding networks, collections and current debates about restitution. In addition, you will also be able to visit our “Backstage” section, where we reflect on our handling of objects and archives while allowing ourselves to be challenged by invited curators. Until then, we will also work with young adults on post-colonial perspectives for the future, test robots for an enhanced visitor experience, and rebuilding the exhibition spaces step by step for an improved design and look to our museum.

  • Opening Hours daily 10—18 , Monday closed
  • Admission Fees normal 6 €, reduced 4,50 €, under 17 free, groups (10 persons and more) 5,50 €


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© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Tom Dachs
© GRASSI Musuem für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Tom Dachs

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This project is sponsored by Initiative für ethnologische Sammlungen.


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