The Goethe Museum is housed in the former Prussian residence of Schloss Jägerhof situated next to the royal park, Hofgarten, of Dusseldorf.
Publisher Anton Kippenberg collected works related to Goethe for over fifty years while his daughters established an independent foundation in the state capital. The passionate approach of the museum to Goethe’s life reveals fascinating insights into his life, his travels, his acquaintances and loves, his profession as a lawyer and civil servant as well as research in the topic of natural science. That his masterpieces also play a big role goes without saying.
Exhibits and paintings of places and regions where Goethe has been, letters, first editions and portraits demonstrate his thinking. A chronological series of rooms offer insights to Goethe’s youth, Werther, Weimar, Italy, Faust and his ending, creating an easy pathway through the periods of his life.
The museum possesses some 35,000 objects of which a thousand exhibits are shown in the museum’s beautiful ambience. A scientific reference library with 21,000 books and music of Goethe and his friends is also accessible to those interested in Germany’s most famous son.