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Museums in Leipzig and the Leipzig region

Exhibitions to suit all tastes

Interested visitors discovering the various exhibitions in the old cotton mill (Baumwollspinnerei).© www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner
The former cotton mill in Leipzig is one of the most interesting art studio and gallery centres in Europe.

Leipzig is a magnet for visitors as a centre for fine and applied arts, and has been a fixture in the international art scene for many years.

Leipzig doesn't just show art – it lives art. The Academy of Fine Arts trains and educates "new masters". Some of them later find their way to the Baumwollspinnerei (old cotton spinning mill) in the west of Leipzig.

However, museum enthusiasts can also find all kinds of hidden gems in the region around Leipzig. There is plenty to discover from historical and archaeological collections to exhibitions on local and regional history.

The multitude of museums and galleries makes Leipzig and its region a special travel destination for all art and culture fans.

© www.gertmothes.de, Gert Mothes

Museums about distinguished people

From Richard Wagner to Martin Luther

Leipzig can proudly call itself a world-renowned city of music because of its centuries-old tradition and institutions that still inspire today. Famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner as well as Clara and Robert Schumann left their mark on Leipzig and helped it to become a centre for music.

You can explore the places where these world-famous musicians lived and worked as well as following in the footsteps in the Leipzig region of further distinguished people such as Martin Luther and Joachim Ringelnatz.

Places where famous people lived and worked

Musicians and composers

Bach Museum


© Tanja Grevismühl

Schumann House


© CC-BY | https://www.ch-kern.de/, Christian Kern

Mendelssohn House Leipzig


© CC-BY | www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner

Edvard Grieg Memorial and Social Centre


© www.edvard-grieg.de, Grieg-Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e. V.

Alte Nikolaischule – Old St. Nicholas School


© CC-BY | www.tomwilliger.de, Tom Williger

More famous people

Luther, Göschen, Heckel, Ringelnatz & Co.

Hiking on the Luther Trail in Saxony

Discover the history of the Reformation


"Ausflugsplaner" (Trip planner) Brochure

The trip planning brochure "Ausflugsplaner" features numerous leisure options revolving around the themes of cultural enjoyment, water wellness and the active enjoyment of nature. It offers ideas and tips to make sure you have plenty to do while you are here and provides an overview of the benefits and partners of the Leipzig and Leipzig Regio Cards. The perfect way to prepare for your visit to Leipzig and its surrounding region.

© www.tom-schulze.com, Tom Schulze

Museums of art and photography

Art and creativity take centre stage in Leipzig and the Leipzig region. Especially in the city's western districts, the creative community comes together to shape and change Leipzig and make it more varied and lively. Facilities such as the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts and the Museum of Fine Artsalso enrich the city with their varied and unmistakable exhibitions.

For anyone interested in impressive handicrafts or for those who love to immerse themselves in the amazing world of photography, the Leipzig region is the perfect destination.

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Courtyards, arcades, Gründerzeit (Founders' Period) architecture and more

© www.marsfoto.de, Markus Scholz

Museums of history and archaeology

The history of the City of Leipzig has been shaped above all by its role as a trade fair venue and by the European disputes that culminated in the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig in 1813. At the various locations of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum(Museum of City History), you can see how the trade fairs permanently changed the face of the city and what fateful course the Battle of the Nations took.

The Museum of Ancient Art,together with the Egyptian Museum at Leipzig University and the GRASSI Museum of Ethnography provide an additional focus on areas of history beyond Leipzig such as the cultural development in other countries and in different time periods.

In addition, numerous historical museums, memorials and archaeological collections in the Leipzig region provide information about days gone by.

© www.siesing.de, Wolfgang Siesing

Museums about local and regional history

Discover folklore, local history and farmhouse museums as well as the history of towns, villages and the surrounding area in the Leipzig region.

© www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner

Literature museums

However fast digitalisation advances, there is no danger that the written word will disappear in the near future. Thankfully! Many people still prefer a real book that smells of paper and has pages to turn to an e-reader or tablet.

Literary enthusiasts and bookworms love Leipzig as a city firmly devoted to the printed word. It is home to one of the two German National Libraries and each year the Leipzig Book Fair takes place here.

© Eva Lusch

Museums for kids

Planning a trip to a museum with children can be a real challenge. Many of the museums in Leipzig have taken this into consideration and are designed so people of all ages can enjoy an interesting and exciting visit.

  • interactive

  • playful

  • varied

Fun at the museums for the whole family

in Leipzig

  • Panometer: An impressive 360° panorama

  • Schumann House: Sound room and musical playground

  • Museum of the Printing Arts: Workshops to learn the art of printing

  • INSPIRATA Interactive Museum: Playfully learn about technical topics

  • UNIKATUM Children's Museum: Designed especially for children



© CC-BY | www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner

Schumann House


© CC-BY | https://www.ch-kern.de/, Christian Kern

UNIKATUM Kindermuseum (children's museum)


© CC-BY | www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner

in the Leipzig region

  • Castle Frohburg Museum: Educational museum programme

  • Wurzel und Flügel (Roots and Wings) in Torgau: Multimedia exhibition

  • Cultural History Museum in Wurzen: Ringelnatz poetry collections

  • Geschichtenhof Wyhra: Interactive exhibition and educational programme

  • German Photography Museum in Markkleeberg: Insights into the world of photography

This is paradise for little explorers

© Tom Schulze © Asisi

Museums for enthusiasts

Leipzig is the proud home to a large number of museums that cannot be clearly allocated to a specific category but are really worth a visit.

Did you know that the tradition of allotment gardens began in Leipzig? You can learn more about how the so-called "Schrebergärten" (allotments) became popular and why they are called that at the Deutsches Kleingärtnermuseum (German Allotment Gardner's Museum).

Yadegar Asisi's 32 metre (105 feet) tall panorama in the Panometer Leipzig is by no means small. At the current exhibition "NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Peacetime", you will be reminded of the attacks of 11th September 2001 and their global and wide-ranging impact.

Bookable tours and experiences

Visitors and city tours and much more

© www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner


Restaurants, local specialities etc.

© www.redokart.de, David Rieger

Overview of all museums

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