In 1886 the Dutch businessman Paul de Wit opened a private museum for musical instruments in Leipzig – and so laid the foundations for the modern Leipzig Musical Instrument Museum.
In the following decades the museum had numerous patrons before in 1926 the collection was purchased on behalf of Leipzig University and given a new home in the “old” Grassi Museum.
The Second World War, and especially the bombings in December 1943 caused great damage to the collection and many exhibits as well as the library were lost. Post-war theft and sub-standard storage conditions further damaged the collection.
Since the mid-1950s, however, the university has been able to increase the collection and replace losses both through purchases and donations.
Now housed in the new Grassi Museum on Johannisplatz the Musical Instruments museum provides a tour through the history of musical instruments from the renaissance to the modern.
Museen im GRASSI
Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig
Johannisplatz 5 – 11
Tel: +49 341 – 97 30 750
Fax: +49 341 – 97 30 759
Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays