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Visiting museums

Our tours, audio and media guides introduce you to Weimar and its many museums.

In addition to our regular public tours, we offer special tours to groups. In many of our museums, you can borrow audio and media guides with which you can discover the exhibitions on your own. We also invite you to actively participate in our open workshops!

Regular tours

Our regular public tours are intended for individual visitors. These one-hour tours introduce you to selected items and historical figures, and vibrantly portray the cultural-historical contexts of the times.

  • Places and dates: see our event calendar
  • Individual visitors can join a tour without prior registration; tickets are available at the respective museum ticket counter.
  • Tour prices: adults € 3, pupils € 1 (plus admission)

Highlight: Tours with music

The historical pianos of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar come to life under the hands of accomplished pianists who present the musical experience of the 18th and 19th century in authentic settings. Musicologists explain how the acoustic aesthetics of the piano have evolved over the centuries and what role music played in cultural life of the Goethe era.

Dates in 2019, always at 11 am:

  • Liszt House 20 Apr., 18 May, 15 Jun., 20 Jul., 17 Aug., 21 Sep., 19 Oct.
  • Wittumspalais 6 Apr., 4 May, 1 Jun., 6 Jul., 3 Aug., 7 Sep., 5 Oct.
  • Price: adults € 6/ pupils € 2 (plus admission)
  • Duration: 90 min.
  • max. 25 participants – no prior registration necessary – day tickets only
  • Exclusive tours for groups can only be booked with prior registration and four weeks advance notice.

Audio and media guides

Audio guides are available in almost every museum of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. The lending fee is included in the price of admission to the respective museum.

You can download the spoken texts as a PDF file or listen to them online so that you can specifically prepare for your trip to Weimar and gain a greater understanding of the sites and objects afterwards.

Download audio guides 

Starting in April 2019, you can explore the Bauhaus Museum and the Neues Museum Weimar with the new Bauhaus+ app. And as of May 2019, the app will include the Haus Am Horn. With audio tours through the exhibitions, information on events and numerous additional features, the Bauhaus+ app allows you to discover Weimar modernism on your own. We recommend downloading the app prior to your visit.

You can download the Bauhaus+ app here.

Group tours

Are you travelling together in a large group? Then it makes sense to plan and book a programme ahead of your visit. We would be happy to help you!

In addition to general tours of our museums, castles and parks, we offer in-depth, theme-based tours and lectures, as well as literary walking tours.

For details on conditions and booking procedures for group tours, click here.

Recommendations for getting started

Our theme-based tours provide an optimal way to become familiar with certain aspects of Weimar’s cultural history.

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

This tour is especially suited as an introduction to Weimar Classicism. The tour takes you from the Weimar City Castle through the Park on the Ilm to the Goethe Gartenhaus, where you will learn how Weimar Classicism began. (Duration: 90 min.)

Dawn of Modernism

This tour presents the beginnings of modernism in Weimar starting with the “New Weimar” movement around 1900 and culminating with the Bauhaus in 1919. The tour begins at the Nietzsche-Archiv (including a tour of the archive itself), continues to the former Art School building and concludes at the former Bauhaus museum on Theaterplatz. (Duration: 90 min., bookable from April to October)

Full Modernist Experience

More than 100 years of history, two museums and 90 minutes to see everything. In this guided tour, we introduce you to the highlights of the Neues Museum Weimar and the Bauhaus Museum Weimar. We take you on a grand tour of modernism in Weimar starting in 1860, leading to the turn of the century, and ending in 1919 when the Bauhaus was founded. (Duration: 90 min.)

Ambivalent History

This tour examines the developments in Weimar from 1800 to the present. The route takes you to the historical landmarks of Weimar Classicism and the commemorative sites of National Socialism and concludes with a visit of the Wittumspalais. (Duration: 90 min.)

City Tour of Modernism in Weimar

This tour takes you back to Weimar at the beginning of the 20th century and highlights cultural developments with respect to their political and social context. We introduce you to Henry van de Velde’s Arts and Crafts Seminar, we let you revisit the founding of the Bauhaus and the Weimar Republic, and explain the ambitions of the National Socialists in Weimar. On a walk through the “Quarter of Weimar Modernism”, we show you how the town is currently handling its multifaceted past. (Duration: 120 min.)

Open workshops

Our workshops are open to all visitors – young and old! Here you can experiment with various materials, create digital products or learn a traditional handicraft. All our workshops have different profiles. Learn more about our workshop topics and opening times here. We look forward to seeing you!

Special highlight:

Design & Do!

Design your own products in our workshops together with creative artists from Weimar! Together you engage in artistic dialogue with works displayed in the exhibitions. Experimenting with various materials and handicraft techniques, the workshop lets you explore the issues of modern design in a very hands-on manner.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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