About the Museum
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