smac – State Museum for Archaeology in Chemnitz

Stefan-Heym-Platz 1, 09111 Chemnitz

Tel. : +49 (0) 371 9119990

Fax : +49 (0) 371 91199999


In May 2014 the National Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz opened in the former Schocken department store, the world-famous architectural icon of classical modernism planned by the architect Erich Mendelsohn. Over 6000 exhibits on three floors show the history of mankind from the paleolithic age to the early industrial age.

The museum shows the development of Saxony from the time of the first hunters and collectors up to the beginning of industrialization on three floors and approximately 3000 square meters with the most modern exhibition technology. The fourth floor provides a framework for special exhibitions that deal with current issues. Three separated from the permanent archaeological exhibition areas are dedicated to the history of the department store , the architect of the  building and the department store group co-founder Salman Schocken.

A spectacular visitor attraction is located in the center of the house: A floating, or even kinetic sculpture of Saxony is a running through all three floors of the permanent exhibition.


Archeology dust-free - that is how families experience 300,000 years of human and cultural history
in the SMAC. The museum in the center from Chemnitz surprised by its modern, multimedia presentation. That's how a museum does it Fun! Over 6000 exhibits and exciting installations illuminate the time from the first
Hunters and collectors until the beginning of the Industrialization.

  • Family tours, children's parties, holiday programs
  • May: Chemnitzer museum night with family program
  • September: "Family day in smac" with many great hands-on offers



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

Show map

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