Leipzig Museums Tour (Self Guided), Leipzig

Leipzig's museums and impressive collections have always played an important role in the city's history and culture. Its significant museums host many unique exhibitions. Take the following tour to discover Leipzig’s best museums.
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Leipzig Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Leipzig Museums Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bach Museum
  • Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts)
  • Stadtgeschichtliches Museum
  • Antikenmuseum der Stadt
  • Agyptisches Museum der Universitat Leipzig
  • Mendelssohn Haus
  • Grassi Museum Complex
Bach Museum

1) Bach Museum (must see)

The Bach Museum, built in 1711 by the Bose family, is a Baroque architecture dedicated to the famous composer. Here you can see documents, letters and other archives about Bach, a collection of musical instruments from his day and his monument. Located next to St. Thomas Church, be sure to check out this fascinating museum during your visit to Leipzig.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts)

2) Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) (must see)

The Museum der Bildenden Künste is a museum of fine arts in Leipzig. On 7,000 square meters of display area, 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphical works are shown. It covers artworks from the Late Middle Ages to Modernity. The museum dates back to the founding of the "Leipzig Art Association" by Leipzig art collectors and promoters in 1837, and had set itself the goal of creating an art museum. On 10 December 1848, the association was able to open the "Städtische Museum" in the first public school on the Moritzbastei. There were issued approximately hundred gathered and donated works of (at that time) contemporary art.

In 1937 the Nazis confiscated 394 paintings and prints mainly of Expressionism in the propaganda campaign Degenerate art. In the night of 4 December 1943, the building was destroyed by a British air raid. Much of the inventory had previously been brought to safety. By the mid-1990s, the city decided to give the museum back their own building. On 4 December 2004, exactly 61 years after the destruction of the "Städtische Museum" on Augustusplatz, opened the new museum at the former Sachsenplatz.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Stadtgeschichtliches Museum

3) Stadtgeschichtliches Museum

Stadtgeschichtliches Museum is part of an association of several museums, each focusing on a different subject. As a whole, they present a picture of Leipzig’s history, origins and spirit from the Middle Ages to the present. Founded in 1909, the museum regularly hosts special exhibitions including pottery from the 1300s, and houses over 200,000 artifacts. Check out this museum for one of the best insights into the city's past.
Antikenmuseum der Stadt

4) Antikenmuseum der Stadt (must see)

Part of the University of Leipzig, the Museum of Antiquities is home to a variety of archaeological pieces including some great examples of Aegean arts and crafts. The collection consists of over 8,000 marble and bronze sculptures, vintage pottery and a number of lovely busts.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Agyptisches Museum der Universitat Leipzig

5) Agyptisches Museum der Universitat Leipzig

Located on Burgstrasse, Leipzig’s Egyptian Museum is home to an impressive collection of artifacts, including sarcophagi, monuments and items from tombs. Part of the University of Leipzig, its exhibits help reconstruct ancient Egyptian life and history. With over 10,000 pieces from all over Egypt, it is a fascinating repository from the land of the Pharaohs.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Mendelssohn Haus

6) Mendelssohn Haus (must see)

One of Leipzig’s finest historic sites is the home of the great musician Felix Mendelssohn. Today it serves as a museum with beautifully decorated Biedermeier style rooms, as it was during Mendelssohn's time. It contains original furniture and features concerts and other events.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Grassi Museum Complex

7) Grassi Museum Complex (must see)

The Grassi Museum is a building complex in Leipzig, home to three museums: the Ethnography Museum, Musical Instruments Museum, and Applied Arts Museum. It is sometimes known as the "Museums in the Grassi", or as the "New" Grassi Museum (to distinguish it from the older building with this name, now home to the municipal library). The museum is named for Franz Dominic Grassi, a Leipzig businessman of Italian descent, who bequeathed over two million marks to the city upon his death in 1880. This helped pay for a number of new constructions, including the Gewandhaus and the Mende Fountain, as well as the "Old Grassi Museum".

The old museum became too small for the collections, prompting its director to call for an architecture competition to design a new building, to be paid for with the Grassi bequest. The winning firm designed a building with elements of New Objectivity and Art Deco in 1925-29 on the site of the old Johannis Hospital. The New Grassi Museum is a historically preserved building, and is one of around 20 so-called "Cultural Lighthouses" in the German government's Blue Book of culturally significant sites in the former East Germany.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Walking Tours in Leipzig, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leipzig is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Leipzig is one of the richest and most artistic cities in Europe due to its connection with such famous names as Bach, Goethe and Mendelssohn. The art and cultural scene is shaped by its famous opera and theaters, landmarks, festivals and museums. Take the following tour to explore Leipzig’s most beautiful cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

Leipzig is renowned for its traditions, distinctive art and cultural heritage manifested in a number of landmarks fit to impress even the most well-traveled visitor. The city boasts some truly magnificent pieces of architecture; with the help of this orientation walk you should be able to find them with ease and have the best of time in Leipzig.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Gohlis District Tour

Gohlis District Tour

The Gohlis district is full of great architectural and cultural attractions. The following tour will lead you to some of the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in this district of Leipzig.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Leipzig City Center

Leipzig City Center

Those who enjoy exciting places will find plenty of attractions to their liking in the center of Leipzig, such as Brühl and Augustusplatz, where great bargains can be found. Take the following tour to discover the loveliest sites in this part of town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Leipzig has a large variety of amazing churches to discover. These architectural masterpieces grace the city's streets and squares. Follow this tour to see Leipzig’s most fascinating and popular religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Leipzig Architectural Jewels

Leipzig Architectural Jewels

Anyone who wants to delve into Leipzig's interesting history should see its collection of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The city has many impressive historic monuments and contemporary constructions by world famous architects. Take this tour to discover Leipzig’s most amazing architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles