New Opening October 2021: Photography See Create Experience

Rediscovering Perception

In October 2021, the Ernst Leitz Museum will reopen with a modern photography concept after a reconstruction. Four newly designed adventure areas on around 600 square metres on the upper floor of the museum sensitise people to conscious perception, invite them to participate and try things out, and inspire them to discover the world of photography with curiosity and create it themselves.

In the four adventure areas, optical phenomena are demonstrated at interactive stations and the basic rules of photography are vividly illustrated. Using the integrated Leica cameras or their own smartphones, visitors can try them out on site, implement creative ideas directly and download the pictures and selfies via the new Leitz-Park app to take home as souvenirs. Together with the other displays in the museum, dedicated to the history of the company and the Leica brand, as well as a special exhibition with exciting exhibits from the adjacent Leica company archives, the new Ernst Leitz Museum creates a fascinating world of photography experience. The premises on the ground floor of the museum with an exhibition area where international artists present their outstanding photo series round off the new museum concept.

We look forward to your visit!

The Eyes of Humanity

21 April 2021 – 24 October 2021

From April 20 to October 24, 2021, the Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar is presenting “The Eyes of Humanity”, an exhibition of works by the US American and Magnum photographer Steve McCurry – a personal selection taken from his 40-year oeuvre.

His photographs tell stories and have made history. At the intersection between reportage, portrait, travel and landscape photography, the US American Steve McCurry (born 1950) has long been considered one of the great photographers of our times.  For “The Eyes of Humanity” exhibition, the Magnum photographer has personally selected around 90 colour motifs that have special meaning for him, while also offering a wonderful overview of his rich body of work. The photographs were taken over the last forty years in a total of 26 countries.

They include motifs from catastrophic and crisis situations, such as the burning oil fields of Kuwait in 1991, and the destruction of the World Trade Centre Twin Towers in New York on 9/11/2001. There are also impressive landscapes and everyday scenarios; and, above all, images that deal with the fates of an extremely broad range of people and communities around the world.

Due to his inexhaustible energy and empathetic curiosity, McCurry managed, repeatedly, to draw attention to those who would otherwise remain unnoticed. His photographs reveal the world’s contrasts: its beguiling beauty, as well as its abysmal depths.

Have a look at the exhibition:

The Ernst Leitz Museum

The Ernst Leitz Museum is being developed into a central cultural institution of national and international importance at which the numerous different facets of photography can be encountered and discovered. In accordance with the Code of Ethics of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), its work is centred on the acquisition, conservation, study, popularisation and exhibiting of important examples of photography, photographic art and photographic technology and equipment. Here, the focus is tightly set on researching and communicating the past, present and future of modern photography.

The Ernst Leitz Museum is situated on the flexible boundary between the roles it plays as a company museum and a museum of photography. In view of this, it stands for multifaceted and profound scientific work, which not only embraces exhibitions of photography, but also projects relevant to the company’s history or technological aspects of photography. It addresses questions relevant to photography and establishes connections that have a bearing on current discourse and debate on photographic topics. The museum will systematically advance and develop its work as a vibrant, future-oriented institution with a view to expanding the circle of persons with an interest in photography and a passion for its various facets. Correspondingly, it will be offering its guests and visitors an increasing number of orchestrated exhibitions and experiences. In future, this will also include the presentation of many topics in digital form.

Leitz-Park App

The Leitz Park app accompanies you on your visit through the Leica World and has lots of background information on the exhibition areas and the Leica manufactory ready for you. It also helps you plan your trip to Wetzlar in advance with information on how to get there, opening times and insights into the culinary highlights.



Touring exhibitions

Many of our exhibitions are conceived as international touring exhibitions. If you are interested in staging any of them, please contact the museum at

Your visit

We will turn your visit to the Ernst Leitz Museum into an experience – you will be thrilled by our impressive exhibitions.

offers visitors impressive insights into the corporate history of Leica Camera AG as well as into the unique interplay of outstanding engineering and remarkable craftsmanship of the manufactory “Made in Germany”. In addition, visitors can expect numerous exhibits from 1923 to the present day. Guests at the Leitz Park have the opportunity – if booked in advance – to take part in a guided tour of the Leica World as well as workshops for professionals and beginners at the Leica Academy Germany. Café Leitz with its modern interior and in-house confectioner as well as the Bull & Bonito restaurant in the Vienna House Ernst Leitz invite you to linger and offer a unique atmosphere with a view over the entire Leitz Park.

Opening hours

Monday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Am Leitz-Park 6
35578 Wetzlar

+49 64 41 20 80-400


(prices are valid until 30 September 2021)
Adult — 6 € (exhibition on the ground floor)
Concession* — 4 € (exhibition on the ground floor)
Free admission for children 6 years and under.

* On presentation of proof: Children and adolescents aged 6-16; pupils, students and apprentices; conscripts on compulsory military or community service; recipients of unemployment or welfare benefits; severely disabled persons; pensioners aged 65 and over; groups of 10 or more; from 5 p.m.

All areas of the Ernst Leitz Museum are barrier-free. There is a lift in the museum which can be used to reach the exhibition rooms on the 1st floor.

How to find us

Public Transport
From Wetzlar train station, central bus station
Bus route 11 towards Giessen “Johanneskirche”
11 stops, exit at “Am Leitz-Park”
Travel time about 15 minutes

Am Leitz-Park 6
35578 Wetzlar

Approach via motorway A45
Exit at “Wetzlar Süd”