GRASSI Museum für Musikinstrumente
der Universität Leipzig
Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays, 10-18.00
Closed 24 and 31 December
Tel: +49(0)341 9730 750
Fax: +49(0)341 9730 759
DBahn – GRASSI Museum
The GRASSI Museum also houses Germany's largest and richest collection of musical instruments, which is among the largest of its kind in the entire world. The exhibition, arranged chronologically and grouped thematically, provides a vibrant impression of the artistic and artisanal skills of instrument builders since the sixteenth century and presents a rich selection of well-known instruments, extraordinary treasures and curiosities. The collection of keyboard instruments by Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, is unique in all the world. Among those ten instruments created by him which are still preserved, six are to be found in Leipzig – including the oldest extant original fortepiano, from the year 1726. The research collection comprises 600 further musical instruments, which are arranged according to type and include numerous non-Western pieces, primarily from China and Japan. The research collection’s invitation to explore and compare is not only extended to experts.