The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden unites 15 renowned museums, making it one of the world's oldest and most important museum associations. In 2010, its 450th anniversary was celebrated in the Residenzschloss, where the Kunstkammer was founded in 1560 and is considered the birth of Dresden's museum institutions. Today, the collections have found their home in several different buildings that are rich in tradition, such as the Zwinger, the Albertinum, the Japanese Palace or Pillnitz Palace, but also outside Dresden in cities such as Leipzig or Chemnitz.
Each of the museums shows a section of art and cultural history in great diversity and the highest quality - e.g. the Kupferstichkabinett with drawings, prints and photographs from the Middle Ages to the present day, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister with paintings from the 15th to the 18th century, the Albertinum with paintings and sculptures from the Romantic period to the present day or the Mathematisch-physikalischer Salon with historical exhibits of sciences. Furthermore, the museum network includes an art library, the Art Fund, the Sächsische Landesstelle für Museumswesen and the Gerhard Richter Archive.
All of the originals of these works are on display at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.