The Goethe National Museum is world-renowned for its presentation and study of Goethe’s life and legacy. It is comprised of Goethe’s historic residence and garden on Frauenplan and includes a portion of Goethe’s private art and natural scientific collections and personal library. Two museum extensions built during the 20th century – a study room and the Cabinet of Natural Sciences – are used today for displaying additional items of the collection.
The exhibition »Flood of Life – Storm of Deeds« offers visitors a fascinating view of Goethe’s life and enduring impact. The user section of the Directorate of Museums is also located at the Goethe National Museum, as well as the renowned Graphic Art Collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.
Shortly after the death of Goethe’s last grandson Walther, Goethe’s historic house and his art and nature collections passed on to the trusteeship of the Goethe National Museum, founded in 1885. More objects from the poet’s personal milieu were acquired because of the extensive donations from the Henckel von Donnersmarck family and Dr. Felix Vulpius in the same year. Two museum buildings were built in 1913 and 1935 to accommodate the steadily growing collection. These buildings today are the central foyer, exhibition rooms, storage rooms and study rooms. The Goethe National Museum organizes different exhibitions based on themes that are relevant to Goethe’s day including objects from his collections. From summer 2012 onwards, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar will be installing a two-story permanent exhibition related to Goethe’s life and work.
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