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Selected Exhibits

Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung (Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection)

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 tour around 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: enchanting carved objects from the Ore Mountains and embroidered woven textiles from Lusatia, lavish Sorb costumes and intricate lace from the Vogtland region, painted furniture, richly decorated ceramics and an unusually diverse collection of historic toys. Whatever their age, anyone who would like to explore the rich heritage of Saxon folk art, will find a unique exhibition here.

The puppet theatre collection on the upper floor is one of the largest and most important collections of its kind in the world. Here you can immerse yourself in the poetic, dramatic, magical and comic world of historic puppet theatre. The collection’s holdings range from 200-year-old marionettes and fairground hand puppets to Bauhaus theatre figures and items from contemporary puppet theatre. Among the most valuable exhibits are figures and theatre sets from several 19th-century mechanical world theatres. No other European museum has objects of this quality and diversity.

  • Easter and Christmas

    Among the most popular events are the Easter and Christmas exhibitions. Here Saxon folk customs and festival traditions are brought to life. Imaginatively decorated Christmas trees or Easter bouquets create a festive atmosphere and throughout the museum traditional art techniques are demonstrated. Children (and adults too) have plenty of opportunities to try out these old techniques.

  • Multimedia map of Saxony

    Against the background of globalisation and migration, the museum has decided to examine and question the concept of Heimat (home or homeland). As an introduction to the topic, the tour begins with a multimedia map of Saxony. This enables the visitor to explore all the different parts of Saxony and find out about the regions and the people who live there, about living and working conditions, about goods and markets or art and culture, all at the click of a mouse.