About the Museum


Exhibition view, Prolog – Stories of People, Things and Places
Exhibition view, Prolog – Stories of People, Things and Places
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Mo Zaboli

Exhibition view, Prolog – Stories of People, Things and Places

Exterior View, Japanisches Palais
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: David Brandt

Exterior View, Japanisches Palais

Dance performance in the permanent exhibition, Museumnacht 2016
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Uwe Nimmrichter

Dance performance in the permanent exhibition, Museumnacht 2016

Permanent exhibition, Oceania
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Tom Dachs

Permanent exhibition, Oceania

Its chinoiserie flourishes and Japanese-style curved roof attest to its original intention as a “palace of porcelain” for the Japanese collections of Augustus the Strong, a plan that was never realised. Today the Japanisches Palais is home to Dresden’s Natural History Collections and Museum of Ethnology, with its origins in the city’s kunstkammer, first founded in 1560. This collection of over 100,000 objects and photographs sheds light on cultures from across the world and includes textiles, sculpture, masks, jewellery and weapons; telling the story of human civilisations through time and raising questions about collecting and colonialism.

Japanisches Palais, Photo: David Brandt, © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Collection Highlights


Decorated spoons
Dancing head
Memorial mother and child
Ancestral figure (malangan)
Ancestral figure (adu nuwu, adu zatua)
Japanisches Palais: Collection Highlights
Decorated spoons, 16th century
Afro-Portuguese ivory
Museum of Ethnology Dresden Photo: Eva Winkler © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Dancing head, before 1914
wood, tree markings, leaves, various plant materials
Collection Heinrich Lahmann, 1938 Photo: Robert Vanis © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Memorial mother and child, before 1910
wood
Collection Jaspar von Oertzen, 1910 Photo: Robert Vanis © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Ancestral figure (malangan), before 1901
wood
Collection Carl Wahnes, 1901, donation by Arthur Baessler, 1902 Photo: Robert Vanis © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Ancestral figure (adu nuwu, adu zatua), before 1865
wood, bamboo, Rattann cotton textile
Collection Wolf Curt von Schierbrand, before 1865, akq. 1867 Photo: Robert Vanis © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

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