smac Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz: Discovering cultures – Understanding history

The showcase of Saxon archaeology is the Staatliche Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz (State Museum for Archaeology in Chemnitz –smac), which opened in 2014. A showcase in a double sense. The location of the museum is the former Schocken department store with its curved window façade – an icon of the architectural movement “Neues Bauen”. The renowned architect Erich Mendelsohn planned it at the end of the 1920s for the department store chain owned by the brothers Simon and Salman Schocken.

Modern, innovative and surprising – that is how the “smac” presents 300,000 years of cultural history on three floors. Visitors experience the change from a natural to a cultural landscape first-hand. They move between glaciers, research the differences and similarities of the Neanderthal man and the Homo sapiens. They turn into humans of the first centuries AD and stroll along the more than 40-metre-long showcase wall containing surprising everyday objects from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Age.

Three additional areas deal with the “ar­chae­­ology of the department store”: The exhi­­bition on the life and work of the ar­­chitect Mendelsohn, on the development and organi­­sation of the Schocken department store chain as well as on the intriguing personality Salman Schocken pay tribute to the eventful history of the museum’s building.


  1. Address

    Stefan-Heym-Platz 1
    09111 Chemnitz
    Tel +49 371 911999-0
    Fax +49 371 911999-99

  2. Director

    Dr. Sabine Wolfram

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    (as well as an average of 2 temporary employees for special exhibition projects)