Gerhart Hauptmann Museum (Erkner)

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The villa Lassen
Memorial plaque in front of the house, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Strasse 1, in Erkner

The Gerhart Hauptmann Museum in Erkner is a memorial to the poet and Nobel Prize winner for literature Gerhart Hauptmann , who lived here from 1885 to 1889.

History of the museum

Shortly after Gerhart Hauptmann's death in 1946, a Gerhart Hauptmann Museum was to be built. Hauptmann's estate was then stored in Berlin-Müggelheim . In 1948 the Hauptmann Archive was founded in the Hohenhaus in Radebeul . The remains that remained in Müggelheim were handed over to the Märkisches Museum in Berlin , where a memorial site existed until 1981. The Hauptmann archive in Radebeul was closed in 1982; the holdings were transferred to the memorial in Erkner at the end of 1982.

In 1957 a memorial room was set up in the Villa Lassen with the archive material collected at the time in Erkner. After the restoration of Villa Lassen from 1986 to 1987, the museum was opened on November 14, 1987, one day before Gerhart Hauptmann's 125th birthday.

The museum

The aim of the museum is to show a comprehensive picture of the life of Gerhart Hauptmann. The life of Hauptmann is systematically shown in the first part of the museum. Works are described like Die Weber and Der Biberpelz , and first editions of his works are shown. You can also see the award certificate for the Nobel Prize . The rooms in which Hauptmann lived are shown on the first floor. Most of the furniture is not originals, but comes from the time when Hauptmann lived in Erkner, like the sofa and the two armchairs. The cupboards in the study come from the apartment in Berlin-Grunewald , which Hauptmann had lived in from 1897.

In addition to the exhibits, the collection contains around 30,000 items on the life and work of Gerhart Hauptmann, as well as items from important bequests, such as a. the partial estates of Johannes Maximilian Avenarius (1887–1957) and Charlotte Elfriede Pauly (1886–1981) as well as collection items from the estate of Paul Albert Glaeser-Wilken (1874–1942) and the estate of Paul Alfred Kleinert .

Museum association

In the Gerhart Hauptmann museum association, four institutions in Germany and Poland work together that have Gerhart Hauptmann as their theme. These are located in Germany in addition to Erkner in Hiddensee and in Poland in Jagniątków and Schreiberhau (Polish: Szklarska Poręba). The Hohenhaus in Radebeul, Saxony, was added later , the place where Gerhart Hauptmann met his wife Marie, née Thienemann, and his brothers, their sisters.


  • Gustav Erdmann: The Gerhart Hauptmann Museum in Erkner . Stapp Verlag, Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-87776-611-0 .
  • Stefan Rohlfs and Robert Schieding: The Gerhart Hauptmann Museum Erkner near Berlin . Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-945256-29-9 .

Web links

Commons : Gerhart-Hauptmann-Museum  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 52 ° 25 '7.49 "  N , 13 ° 45' 17.48"  E