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residenzschloss gruenes-gewoelbe color-1 Historic Green Vault, Jewel Room

The Baroque Treasure Chamber

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  • Japanisches Palais

    Japanisches Palais

    • The Japanisches Palais (Japanese Palais) graces the bank of the River Elbe on the Neustadt side, but is often overshadowed by the more famous Altstadt side of the city. Planning to realize his dream of a porcelain palace here, August the Strong commissioned the leading Dresden architects Pöppelmann, de Bodt, Longuelune and Knöffel to convert the building for that purpose. The four-wing complex with its chinoserie-style architectural features and its Japanese curved roofs is one of Dresden’s Baroque masterpieces.

    • Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden

      When August I, Elector of Saxony, founded the Kunstkammer in 1560, he laid the foundations for today’s collection of the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden (Ethnographical Museum Dresden). Since 1977 the museum has its home in the Japanisches Palais, an impressive complex of buildings located just a few hundred metres downstream from the “Golden Rider”. Here it presents special exhibitions as well as its Damascus Room.

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  • Zwinger with Semperbau

    Zwinger with Semperbau

    • The world-famous Zwinger is one of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in Germany. With its pavilions and galleries, the “Crown Gate”, the “Nymphs’ Bath” and not least the gardens in the Zwinger courtyard, it is an oasis for every visitor to Dresden. The Zwinger and the Semperbau burned out as a result of the aerial bombardment of Dresden on 13 February 1945 and were rebuilt during the 1950s and 1960s. Now the Zwinger is home to the Porzellansammlung and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon. The Semperbau houses the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.

    • Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

      More than half a million visitors annually tour the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery). While the construction work is in progress, it is possible to continue to use half of the Gallery as a museum. In 2013, a new concept was adopted for the way the paintings were to be arranged, based on the idea that the history of art in Europe should be considered as a continuing and integrated historical tale.

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    • Porzellansammlung

      The Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection) is the finest and most comprehensive collection of its type in the world. Its origins go back to August the Strong, who once jokingly referred to his passion for this precious and fragile material as his “maladie de porcellaine“ – his porcelain sickness. This collection comprising approximately 20,000 items of Chinese, Japanese and Meissen porcelain are on display in the Dresden Zwinger, the former orangery of the Saxon Electors.

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    • Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon

      The Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, the oldest museum of the Dresden Zwinger, was founded under August the Strong in 1728 and remains today one of the world’s most important museums of historical scientific instruments. Its exhibition shows an array of devices used over past centuries for measuring the world including globes, clocks, telescopes, and other scientific instruments, which are fascinating on account of their function as well as their beauty.

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  • Residenzschloss

    Residenzschloss

    • In the heart of the city’s historic centre, the Residenzschloss Dresden (Dresden Royal Palace) is the historic point of origin and the current centre of the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections). Destroyed in the Second World War, the Royal Palace is currently being rebuilt as a ‘Residenz der Kunst und Wissenschaft’ (Palace of the Arts and Sciences).

    • Historisches Grünes Gewölbe

      Through careful restoration and partial reconstruction, the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault), which was largely destroyed in the Second World War, has been returned to its former glory. In keeping with the splendid architecture, around 2,000 masterpieces of the jeweller’s and the goldsmith’s art, as well as precious objects made of amber and ivory, gemstone vessels and elegant bronze statuettes are presented in front of mirrored display walls.

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    • Neues Grünes Gewölbe

      The Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault) contains unique goldsmithery items such as the Throne of the Grand Mogul Aurangzeb, the Golden Coffee Set or the hat brim with the famous “Dresden Green Diamond”. More than a thousand inestimably precious exhibits dating from three centuries are on display. Showcases made of antiglare glass and fitted with state-of-the-art lighting technology focus attention on each individual work of art.

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    • Kupferstich-Kabinett

      Drawings, printed graphics and photography are the three artistic genres collected in the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Cabinet of Prints and Drawings). This special collection devoted to art on paper now comprises some 515,000 works by more than 20,000 artists, such as Raphael, Jan van Eyck, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georg Baselitz. Its holdings are presented to the public in the Study Hall and in special exhibitions addressing the multifarious aspects of the collection.

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    • Riesensaal

      At 60 meters long and eleven meters wide, the Riesensaal (Hall of the Giants) was built in 1480 as the central and also the largest room of the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace). In keeping within the spirit of the time, the Riesensaal was rebuilt by retaining the original dimensions and the barrel vault structure of the room. Its physical appearance, originally dominated by frescoes with gigantic figures painted on the pillars between the windows, gave the room its name.

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    • Türckische Cammer

      Gifts, purchased items and treasures have been brought back for centuries as loot from various campaigns against the Ottomans, resulted in an exotic collection amassed by the electors of Saxony; since 1591 it has been housed in a separate complex within the Armoury: the Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber). Objects of art from the court workshops in Istanbul, embellished with gold and precious stones, can be found here along with masterpieces of Orientalist art produced by Transylvanian goldsmiths.

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    • Münzkabinett

      The Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet) is one of the three largest numismatic collections in Germany. Its holdings comprises more than 260,000 objects, including coins from every country and ranging in date from Antiquity down to the present day, medals, orders and insignia, bank notes and bonds, minting dies for coins and medals, seals, and pre-monetary means of payment. A comprehensive new permanent exhibtion is to be opened in 2015.

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  • Jägerhof

    Jägerhof

    • The Jägerhof has been home to the Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst (Museum of Saxon Folk Art) since 1913, and since 2005 it has also housed the Puppentheatersammlung (Puppet Theatre Collection). It is located on the Neustadt side of the River Elbe, just a few minutes’ walk from the Residenzschloss and the Semperoper. Today, few visitors are aware of its changeful history. 

    • Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst with Puppet Theatre Collection

      Inside the Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst (Museum of Saxon Folk Art) in the atmospheric setting of the 400-year-old Jägerhof you can admire both Saxon folk art and one of the largest puppet theatre collections in the world. The museum provides a wide-ranging insight into the fascinating world of folk art and presents an abundance of old traditions as well as more recent and contemporary works that straddle the boundary between everyday life and art.

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  • Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau

    Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau

    • Between the Frauenkirche and the Brühlsche Terrasse an impressive building for the arts, called the “Lipsiusbau” after its creator Constantin Lipsius, was constructed in the 19th century. In addition to the Kunstakademie, it accommodated the exhibition building belonging to the Sächsischer Kunstverein (Saxon Art Society). After its partial destruction in 1945 the Lipsiusbau was left in a state of disuse. When the reconstruction work was completed in 2005, traces of the destruction were purposely left visible, creating an impressive contrast with the architecture.

    • Special Exhibitions

      Through the recreation of the Kunsthalle, which is now used by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the city has regained an impressive venue for art exhibitions. Numerous exhibitions offer visitors an informative and varied programme of events. However, the particular role of the Kunsthalle is to be a place for viewing and discussing contemporary art.

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  • Albertinum

    Albertinum

    • After being restored and renovated, the new Albertinum since 2010 showcases art extending from the Romantic period right up to the present. The new exhibition rooms are only shared by the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) and the Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection). The holdings of both museums include a spectrum of artwork ranging from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter as well as sculptures from Rodin right into the 21st century and enjoy an outstanding reputation worldwide.

    • Galerie Neue Meister

      The broad spectrum of works extending from the Romantic period to the present day and the exceptional quality of the paintings in the collection are the defining features of the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) and make it one of the most important museums of its kind in Germany. The new exhibition in the Albertinum contains masterpieces by the Romantic painters as well as 20th-century art and contemporary works.

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    • Skulpturensammlung

      The Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection) presents works from more than five millennia and is thus counted among the most significant sculpture museums in Europe. The collection of antiques including pieces from old Egypt as well as ancient Greece and Rome forms the basis of the collection which finds its continuation with sculptures from the Renaissance, the Baroque and Classicist eras right up to the Modern Period.

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  • Museen in Pillnitz, Leipzig & Herrnhut
residenzschloss gruenes-gewoelbe-new color-1 New Green Vault, First Room of the Electors

Renaissance and Baroque Treasury Art

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residenzschloss riesensaal color-7 Hall of the Giants, Residenschloss Dresden

Presentation of Tournament and Ceremonial Weapons and Accoutrements

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residenzschloss ruestkammer color-7 Foyer, Turkish Chamber

Oriental Splendour in the Dresden Armoury

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semperbau gemaeldegalerie-alte-meister color-6 Old Masters Picture Gallery, Raphael's Sistine Madonna

From Dürer to the Enlightenment

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semperbau mathematisch-physikalischer-salon color-9 Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Festsaal

Milestones of Science. Masterpieces of Art

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semperbau porzellansammlung color-2 Porcelain Collection, Animal Hall

Porcelain Art from China, Japan and Meissen

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albertinum galerie-neue-meister color-11 New Masters Gallery, Otto Dix, Oskar Kokoschka, Carl Lohse

Art from Romanticism to the Present

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albertinum skulpturensammlung color-5 Sculpture Collection, Sculpture Hall

From Rodin to the Present

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