The Goethe House is the main house where poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived in Weimar, though he did live in several others in the town. Goethe House is one of sites in a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of multiple structures related to Weimar Classicism.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe lived in the house on Frauenplan for 50 years until his death in 1832, apart from his journeys and a lengthy stay in Italy. He first moved into the Baroque house which built in 1709 on June 1, 1782 as a tenant. In 1792, Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach purchased the property and gave it to his state minister Goethe, who by then had been ennobled, in 1794. Goethe had the building reconstructed according to his own designs as the only owner. The most significant changes made to the house were the construction of a spacious staircase with three passageways and the corresponding niches for sculptures, and the mounting of stucco friezes. This reconstruction work reflects Goethe’s ideology of classical art.

The part of the house facing the town contains the elegant living, social and collection rooms, while the back of the house with the working areas is looking at the spacious gardens. The front and back of the house are linked by two passages on the upper floor; these bridge the coach house and inner courtyard with the fountain. Goethe lived here not only with his family, but also with several servants and house mates such as his friend and advisor, the artist Johann Heinrich Meyer at the times.

Besides serving as a place to live and work, the great house gave Goethe the opportunity to expand his art and nature collection constantly until it reached the dimensions that are still being preserved today. The 18 accessible rooms show not only original furniture and other belongings of the household, but also personal mementoes and numerous objects from all parts of Goethe’s collection: hand drawings, paintings, sculptures, bronzes, majolica, coins and medallions. The arrangement and display of the collection largely corresponds to their presentation during the last years of the poet’s life. The highlight of the tour is Goethe’s study with its authentic furnishings and the view of the adjoining private library.

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Frauenplan 13, Weimar, Germany
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Founded: 1709
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Behrouz Safaei (3 months ago)
A good sample of German culture
Ottó Kinizsi (4 months ago)
Must see if U are in Weimar. But is is recommended to check the tickets before visiting (personal, or via phone). The museum is often full.
warai otoko (8 months ago)
One of the greatest poets that has ever existed has a fitting museum. The house is kept the same as if he was still living there. The exhibition has a vast variety from his collection and is truly awe-inspiring. Whoever finds him/herself to Weimar must visit this place.
高小雅 (9 months ago)
With the street signs, the house is very easy to be found. It's not only very well preserved but also very big with a lot of Goethe's art collection (statues, china, portrait and his little library) it's very nice that they also provide electronic tour guide and a map. Don't miss the second floor, it's the museum, with more collections from Goethe.
Sucharita Sarkar (11 months ago)
The house is well-preserved and the exhibition at the attached museum is very detailed. One useful thing is that the museum had English explanations along with the German ones. Don't miss the garden behind the house. Goethe planned it himself and it's a lovely, peaceful retreat.
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