Old Grassi Museum

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Today's city library

The Old Grassi Museum was built from 1894 to 1897 by the Leipzig city ​​planner Hugo Licht on Königsplatz (today Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz ) and until 1926 contained the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of Applied Arts . It is named after the art lover Franz Dominic Grassi , from whom a large part of the construction costs came, and is now the oldest museum building in Leipzig that has been preserved.

The collections have been housed in the New Grassi Museum on Johannisplatz since 1927 .

The building was used as an exhibition center from 1927 until the Second World War . After its severe damage in 1943 during the air raids on Leipzig and the reconstruction in the post-war period, it was used as a combine headquarters. The Leipzig City Library opened its main library in the Alten Grassimuseum in 1991 after the Barthels Hof building on Markt  8, assigned to it in 1946, had been closed for reconstruction in 1984.

From January 2010 to October 2012 it was renovated and rebuilt.


  • Hans-Christian Mannschatz: The Leipzig City Library. Beucha: Sax 2000. ISBN 3-934544-14-2 .

Individual evidence

  1. Famous architectural monuments ( Memento of October 17, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Leipziger Stadtinfo 2000.
  2. ^ History of the Leipzig Municipal Libraries. Leipzig City Library, accessed on January 6, 2015 .
  3. ^ Christian Schmidt: Impressions from the reopened city library on Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz. Libraries and Archives in Leipzig, November 20, 2012, accessed on January 6, 2015 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 1 ″  N , 12 ° 22 ′ 29 ″  E