Diversity is our strength

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) are a museum complex with an international profile, comprising altogether fifteen museums.


I am fascinated by the collection's profound, historical dimension, which ranges from the Old Masters to Gerhard Richter. I am tempted by the dialogue between fine and applied arts suggested by the broad-based collections, which enjoy such a long and prolific history here in Saxony.

Frau, die vor einem Kunstwerk in einer Ausstellung steht
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Oliver Killig
Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, Generaldirektorin der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Museums and Institutions

The museums show their treasures at their different locations, some housed in world-renowned, painstakingly reconstructed historical buildings: They are the Green Vault, the Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, the Coin Cabinet and the Armoury in Dresden’s Royal Palace; the Porcelain Collection, the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments and the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Semper Building at the Zwinger; the Sculpture Collection with exhibitions in the Semper Building at the Zwinger and at the Albertinum, as a part of the presentation of Romantic to contemporary art; the Saxon Folk Art Museum with Puppet Theatre Collection in the Jägerhof; the Museum of Decorative Arts in Pillnitz and last but not least the GRASSI Ethnological Museum in Leipzig, the Ethnological Museum Dresden and the Ethnological Museum in Herrnhut. In 2016, art collector Egidio Marzona donated the Archiv der Avantgarden, an archive of 20th-century avant-garde art, to the SKD. Dresden’s Art Library, the Art Fund, the Gerhard Richter Archive and the Saxon State Office for Museum Affairs form further parts of the museum network.

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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are governed by an Executive Board. This board consists of the Director of the SKD, the Managing Director, and up to three Deputy Directors appointed by the Director of the SKD. The Board of Trustees advises and oversees the work of the Executive Board. The Board of Trustees consists of twelve members, who are appointed and dismissed by the Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus. The board is made up of representatives from Saxony’s executive civil administration; individuals from the fields of culture, science, and commerce; and an employees’ representative. The Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus also appoints the members of the Scholarly Advisory Council to four-year terms. This body advises the SKD regarding fundamental scholarly issues.

Code of Conduct

As a cultural institution of the Free State of Saxony, the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) are obligated by the German constitution, the Basic Law, and specific regulations of the Free State of Saxony. 

Our Code of Conduct

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History Then and Now

“State of the Art since 1560”: This was the motto of the celebrations surrounding the 450th anniversary of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) in 2010.

The history of our collections

Der berühmte Canaletto-Blick als Kupferstich. Dresden mit prominenter Hofkirche und Frauenkirche ist vom rechten Elbufer unterhalb der Augustusbrücke zu sehen.
© SKD, Foto: Renate Schurz

Become part of our team

To fulfill our diverse tasks, the SKD employ numerous professional groups. In highly commited teams, researchers, restorers, museologists, depot administrators, librarians, administrative employees and other employees are working together.  

Current vacancies

Browse through our world of art

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden offer you a wide range of different publications - from magnificent picture books to scientific publications


Annual reports

Online publications

Bücher im Bücherregal

Linked Worldwide

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) has a presence not only in Dresden, Leipzig, Herrnhut and other places in Germany where it presents temporary exhibitions; rather the network of fourteen institutions has active ties around the world.

 Our cooperations

Kinder zeigen auf einen Globus

Visitor centre "art and info"

We welcome our guests in our newly opened visitor centre "Art and Info" in the Residenzschloss.

From selling tickets for all our museums, personalizing annual tickets, arranging individual and guided tours, to offering an exclusive selection of souvenirs for sale, we are here for you concerning all questions about the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Besucherzentrum art und info:
Schlossstraße/corner Taschenberg, 01067 Dresden (daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Telefon: + 49 351 4914 20 00 (monday - friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)


Visitor centre "art and info"

© Maciej Chmara, chmara.rosinke conceptual design
Besucherzentrum Art und Info im Residenzschloss Dresden


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