Dead quiet out here on a Sunday. We set off this morning to go to Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, a history museum of sorts, and then the Naturkundemuseum, a nature museum (I thought). I had seen a couple ads around the city stating that the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum had a special exhibit about crime in Leipzig. I was pretty stoked. So we took street car 14 downtown, and walked to the museum, which was right behind the art museum in the city center. Honestly, the museum was awesome, but definitely not as expansive as I was expecting. There was a ground floor, where you walk in, and then 1 small room in the basement. So after an hour (or less, I think), we were “done” – granted, we couldn’t read any of the signage because it was all in German, but even if we could, there wasn’t too much to see beyond the first floor. The basement just had 4 walls of photos showing murders in the past, and current drug wars going on, or something like that.
We left in hopes that the Naturkundemuseum would be better. After all, it was a building that had 4 levels. We walked in, and took in an abbreviated first floor – nature photography from all over the world submitted for a 2011 competition. Really amazing photography, some of the best nature shots I’ve ever seen. But then that was it. Just 1 floor of photography. What happen to the other levels of the building? It made no sense. There was a family there, and the woman approached one of the employees there (1 of 2 present at the time). I couldn’t understand what they were saying exactly, but it sounded pretty much like, “Uh, where’s the rest of the museum, this is it…?”. The response must’ve been something like, “Sorry, but the other parts of the museum are closed on Sunday’s,” or “Nope, this is all you get, just half a floor of floor of photography.”
Okay…so now what. I looked at the map and saw the Museen im Grassi. It wasn’t too far away, so after walking through the city center trying to figure out what to do for the rest of the day, we set off for one more museum. We arrived and bought tickets for two sections of the museum, art and technology. There was a third section, music, but when we said we wanted all 3 sections of the museum, the cashier looked at us in disbelief, “You want ALL the section?!” (she didn’t actually say this, but probably said something like that in German). What were we getting into…? I asked if I could take photographs – the answer was yes, with no flash, and if you paid an additional 2.50 Euro. I wasn’t too thrilled about the additional money, so I left the camera in the locker.
Let me just say that this museum is by far, one of the best I have ever seen. It was absolutely massive, more than a day’s worth of content inside the place. Each major section had a booklet guide in multiple languages that basically explained to you the era of art or technology you were looking at. Asian art, art nouveau, art deco, funtionalism, Renaissance art, Classicism art, Christianity, African, Indian, American Indian, various tribal, everything, absolutely everything you could imagine. We started skimming the last sections on the 2nd and 3rd floors because we were running out of time. It was such a great museum, I could easily see myself spending 3 days going through the 3 sections each day. Even 2 sections with the 5 hours we had wasn’t enough. It was beautiful seeing such a massive space curated so well, it was so easy walking through, and not overwhelming at any point. One of the best I’ve seen – so, so good.
Quiet out in the city center.
The big glass building on the right is the art museum.
Höfe am Brühl, a massive mall. We went in the first day we were here, but haven’t been back since. It was closed earlier in the day, but then opened up in the afternoon…I was a bit confused because there we no stores open at all. So the mall was open, and the escalators were working, but you couldn’t go into any stores. Awesome.
Walking to the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum.
Inside the museum. All about crime for the time being. I think they swap out exhibits every once in a while. There seemed to be at least 3 floors in this building, but only 2 were accessible today.
The previous photo combine with this one is pretty much the entire first floor. The basement had a room about 1/5th the size of this floor. Cool insight, either way.
Half a floor of nature photography. 3.5 floors of nothing?
All the clear days have been windy as hell. Here’s the canal I was overlooking after we got out of the nature museum that turned out to be a complete flop.
Heading back towards the city center.
The empty Höfe am Brühl. Open mall doors, but no open stores…? McDonald’s was open, as was the Starbucks down the road. No surprise there, I guess.
One more shot from inside the Höfe am Brühl – this better illustrates how empty it was inside.
Open mall, but closed stores, goodbye.
I think this is the second lowered car I’ve seen in Leipzig. Definitely not as many as I was initially expecting. Maybe there are more that come out later in the day, or drive in other parts of the city.
Wall clocks on display at one of the stores in Speck’s Hof.
Knitted bike lock poles.
These are very good pastries.
Augustusplatz, looking towards the Universitätskirche St. Pauli, now part of the University of Leipzig.
The start of a group ride…?
Standing in the courtyard of the Museen im Grassi.