Egyptology Museum at the University of Leipzig
A collection of over 7,000 objects from the Palaeolithic to the early Islamic cultures of Egypt.
The Egyptology Museum in Leipzig is part of the Egyptology Institute at the University of Leipzig. Since 2010 the museum has been housed in the Krochhochhaus, opposite the city’s opera house on Augustusplatz. The first high-rise building in Leipzig, it was built in the 1920s to house a private bank owned by Hans Kroch. A German Jew, Kroch lost his business, and he and his family were forced to flee Germany – first to Amsterdam and then to Israel. The museum is named after Georg Steindorff, also a German Jew who fled the country in 1939 after retiring in 1934. Steindorff was the museums most important director; objects recovered during his excavations in Egypt and Sudan from 1903-1931 made this one of the most important collections of Egyptian artefacts in Germany.
Prehistoric arrowheads in chalcedony. Photograph © Einsamer Schütze/Wikimedia
Room 101 – Sculptures and Reliefs arranged in chronological order, from the Old Kingdom to the Roman and Islamic periods.
On display in a mezzanine gallery is the coffin of the Hedbastiru (ca. 645-625 BC), made of juniper wood and richly decorated with hieroglyphs.
Room 107 – the development of writing, with hieroglyphs on ostraca, as well as other artefacts with Demotic and Coptic inscriptions.
Room 111 – artefacts from prehistoric Egypt.
Room 112 – a series of exhibits showcasing artefacts from Aniba and Kerma excavated by Georg Steindorff.
Room 113 – the burial of Herishf-hotep, a Middle Kingdom priest buries in around 2000 BC. On display is te priest’s coffin and the various grave goods he was buried with.
Two further galleries provide general exhibitions of the pyramids and traditions associated with death in ancient Egypt.
Model of a funerary boat found in the tomb of Herishefhotep, Abusir, 9th/10th dynasty. Photograph © Einsamer Schütze/Wikimedia
Ägyptische Museum – Georg Steindorff – der Universität Leipzig
Exhibitions & Collections
Egypt & Sudan: Prehistory to Islamic
The museum has ten permanent galleries, and from time to time hosts special exhibitions.
Planning Your Visit
Tuesday – Friday 13h00 – 17h00
Saturday – Sunday 10h00 – 17h00
Public holiday 10h00 – 17h00
10€ Family Pass
Goethestraße 2, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Telephone +49 341 97-37015
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Only partially wheelchair accessible; contact the museum ahead of your visit, they are only too happy to help you any way they can.
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