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Leipzig – Home of the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig

Leipzig - a little more than 100 kilometres to the west of Dresden – is the home of GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig. The history of the museum goes back 140 years.

It was founded and sponsored by the leading citizens of Leipzig and has developed into one of the largest and most influential German institutions of this type. In 1895, the legacy of the merchant and banker, Franz Dominic Grassi, was used to construct a new building to be shared by the Museum of Applied Art and the Ethnological Museum. It was located on the square that is known today as Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz. Another new building had to be built on the Johannisplatz from 1925 to 1929, because there was no longer enough exhibition space to accommodate the expanding collection. This building is now known as the Grassimuseum. This impressive art deco structure originally housed the Museum of Applied Art, the Ethnological Museum, and the Museum of Musical Instruments – today they are once again to be found here. The building was largely destroyed in 1943, in the course of the largest air raid on Leipzig. Beginning in 1947, it was rebuilt. However, in the former East Germany, the building could only be reconstructed in a very limited fashion. From 2001 to 2005, the entire Grassi museum complex was extensively renovated and restored. Today, the complex’s spacious exhibition rooms, three rooms for events, four landscaped courtyards, and the adjacent park-like cemetery – the Alter Johannisfriedhof – offer a unique cultural attraction and, simultaneously, a peaceful and relaxing retreat in the middle of the city of Leipzig.