The TIETZ combines the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History, Chemnitz City Library, Chemnitz Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre), Chemnitz City Archive and the City’s Cultural Management Office. These institutions together form the Department of Culture of the City of Chemnitz.

Its workplace is the former TIETZ department store. The city’s attractive cultural address took up its new function on 23 October 2004, following comprehensive reconstruction. The historic building was built in 1912 as a department store for Tietz, a Cologne family business. It has been transformed into a unique home for art, culture, education and interaction.

Welcoming 3000 visitors a day, the TIETZ bridges education, culture and commerce like no other institution in Chemnitz. It shapes the Chemnitz cultural scene and opens horizons with readings, talks, concerts, courses, discussions, exhibitions and events.