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Christoph Martin Wieland was one of the most prominent writers of the Enlightenment. Between 1797 and 1803, he spent some of his most productive years at his country estate in Ossmannstedt about ten kilometres northeast of Weimar. The Baroque manor – now a museum with partially original interior furnishings – and the park where Wieland’s gravesite is located, provide an impression of the life and works of this famous poet, translator and publisher.
In 2005 Jan Philipp Reemtsma described the newly established museum as a “symbolic place of late German Enlightenment”. The German scholar and Wieland researcher played a key role in financing the restoration of the building.
Pieces of furniture and interior furnishings from Wieland’s personal estate are displayed in the historic rooms of the museum. Visitors can also take virtual journey to the times of Wieland and experience the life and works of the poet. In the “Digital Osmantinum”, visitors can access in-depth descriptions and images on the cultural history of the 18th century, as well as information on current Wieland research projects.
According to his wishes, Wieland was buried in a removed corner of the park directly along the Ilm River in 1813 next to his wife Anna Dorothea and Sophie Brentano who died from a severe illness in 1800 in Ossmannstedt at the age of 24. The burial site is marked by a three-sided sandstone obelisk which bears the dates of birth and death of the deceased and an inscription written by Wieland: “Love and friendship entwined these kindred souls in life – And this shared stone covers their mortal remains”.
The Weimar-Jena Academy operates an education centre on behalf of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. In addition to offering cultural seminars, the centre provides overnight accommodation and conference rooms. It is also home to the Wieland edition research group, which is currently producing a historic-critical “Ossmannstedt Edition” of Wieland's complete works.