Schocken Department Store Chemnitz

Stefan-Heym-Platz 1, 09111 Chemnitz

Tel. : +49 (0)371 9119990



Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:

  • 8 disabled parking spaces at the public car park „An der Johanniskirche" (Bahnhofstr. / Augustusburger Str.) in approx. 50 m distance
  • Lift: door 90 cm, space of 102x140 cm for turning a wheelchair
  • All areas of the exhibition are accessible for wheelchairs
  • 3 rental wheelchairs and 3 walking frames can be rented

  • Tactile guiding system
  • Tactile orientation maps in the foyer and in all exhibition areas
  • Guided tours for blind visitors and guests with learning difficulties on request
  • Reading glasses can be rented

  • Audio guides with voice-over function
  • Inductive audio device at the ticket office and in the lecture hall
  • Portable induction loops for audio guides
  • Video guides with tour in German sign language
  • Once a month public tour with sign interpreter

  • Mobile and fixed seating in the foyer and exhibition levels
  • Comprising information in plain language

Icon of the modern age

The Schocken department store in Chemnitz opened its doors in 1930. It was built on behalf of the brothers and entrepreneurs Simon and Salman Schocken according to plans by the famous architect from Berlin Erich Mendelsohn (1887 –1953). As a significant example of classical modernist architecture it is famous in Saxony and beyond. Mendelsohn was considered a leading representative of modernist architecture. At Brückenstraße street in Chemnitz, he built the largest department store of the Schocken enterprise contrasting the mainly small buildings of the end of the 19th century. The special thing about the 70m-long reinforced concrete skeleton structure of steel, glass and concrete is the mutually lit day and night view of the façade. Spared from the bomb attacks in March 1945, the former Schocken department store remained a warehouse until 2001. Since 2014, it houses the Chemnitz State Museum of Archaeology and its impressive permanent exhibition.

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Accessibility Information


  • There is a parking area for disabled persons

Access to the facility / moving inside the facility

Ramps with > 6% ascent are reported in the text

  • Door width min. 90 cm
    Entrance without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp


Operating elements with a height of > 115 cm are reported in the text

  • Door width min. 90 cm
    Access without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp
    Space inside elevator min. 110 x 140 cm

WC for wheelchair users

  • Door width min. 90 cm
    Access without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp
    Space in front of toilet min. 150 x 150 cm
    Space left or right of the toilet min. 90 cm
    Folding toilet support rails present

Additional aids / Offers

  • Aids / Offers for blind and visually impaired persons

  • Aids / Offers for deaf and hearing-impaired persons

  • Aids / Offers for persons with learning and mental disabilities