Our university’s museums and collections bear witness to centuries of scientific endeavour in Leipzig. The Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Musical Instruments, for example, each boast the largest university collections of their kind in Germany. Together with Padua and Siena, Leipzig University’s Botanical Garden is among the oldest in Europe. The Kustodie administers the University’s art collection, which includes works of European painting, sculpture, graphic art and handicrafts from the Middle Ages to the present.
University collections are notable for their ability to serve not only the traditional museum tasks of collecting, preserving and exhibiting, but also teaching and research. Despite digital forms of representation, in many disciplines it is important not to dispense with teaching, learning and research on the basis of physical objects. The exhibits in Leipzig University’s museums and collections convey knowledge and tell tangible stories in interdisciplinary contexts.
From antiquity to contemporary history: these five Leipzig University museums and collections offer many exhibits for cultural history enthusiasts.
Biology, geology and geography
In addition to the Botanical Garden and the Zoological Teaching and Study Collection, our university has a collection of maps and two geological collections that are not only of interest for research and teaching.
The exhibits from our medical and veterinary collections are used for teaching and research purposes and can also be viewed by the general public.
Art and music
The Kustodie brings our university’s six-hundred-year history to life. The Museum of Musical Instruments also displays exhibits from several centuries: the oldest instruments date back to the 16th century.