The Schiller Museum was constructed between 1984 and 1988, the first and only literature museum built in former East Germany. With its close ties to the poet’s historical residence, the museum was originally dedicated to celebrating the life and works of the versatile German poet. Today, it serves as a venue for temporary exhibitions of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.


The museum was built on the north side of Friedrich Schiller’s historical residence. It opened on 10 November 1988 in commemoration of his 229th anniversary.

Designed in a postmodern style, the reinforced concrete structure with a partial glass facade provided a venue for lectures and some 400 m2 of floor space for exhibitions on the life, works and lasting influence of this famous poet, doctor and philosopher.

The museum has been used as a venue for temporary exhibitions since 1999. In 2018 the museum was designated a cultural landmark and is now part of the “Altstadt Weimar” (Old Town Weimar) monument ensemble.

In summer 2019 a new, central museum shop will open on the ground floor, containing numerous items related to Weimar Classicism.

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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