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A incomparable experience awaits visitors to the Panorama Museum, where a panoramic painting is on show which is one of the largest with the most figures in recent art history - the monumental painting entitled "Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany" by Werner Tübke. On a total area of 1,722 m² of canvas, there spreads in the formal idiom of the Old Masters a universe of human passion, illustrating the epochal changes from the Late Middle Ages to the modern era, starting with the peasants' revolts in the 16th century. A Sixtina of the North, enticing visitors to marvel and explore, to linger and dream.

Further information:
This location was chosen for the construction of the Panorama Museum because of the historic event of the last decisive battle in the Peasants' War in 1525 which was fought on Battle Hill. The building was completed as early as 1975, one year before the GDR Ministry of Culture had even awarded Werner Tübke the contract for construction of a memorial in the form of a panoramic painting. This delay was due to a political discussion of the possible different forms of portrayal. An illustration of the early bourgeois revolution in Germany as a whole was agreed, with a central emphasis on the German Peasants' War and the revolutionary activities of Thomas Müntzer. Following the drafting of the details from a cultural and historic viewpoint, a model version on a scale of 1:10 was made, which is today on show in the Berlin National Gallery. The impressive implementation of this model, with a length of 123 metres and height of 14 metres in 360°, can now be seen in the Panorama Museum. In addition, there are frequently special exhibitions on art history topics.

Guided tours:
From April to October, public guided tours (lasting approx. 40 minutes) of Werner Tübke's monumental painting start in the painting room (Bildsaal) on every full hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 5 p.m., detailed information is available with Acoustiguides. In the low season from November to March, public guided tours (lasting approx. 40 minutes) are only held on every full hour at weekends and on public holidays.

Other guided tours:
Acoustiguide (electronic guided tours)
Group tours
Tours in other languages

Car parking:
The car park is about 500 metres away from the Museum. A direct approach to the Museum is available for the disabled - please follow the signs "Parkplatz Behinderte".
 

 

Opening hours

Tues-Sun/public holidays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., July-Aug.: also Mon 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.,
31 Dec.: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed on 24 Dec.

Detailed information

  • art
  • Educational museum service, Fred Böhme Courses in graphic art for children and adults

Services

  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Guided tour without appointment
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English, French
  • Parking for coach: 20

Accessibility

Fully accessible for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Personnel lift available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

The museum consists of two separate areas connected by steps. To access the monumental picture and special exhibitions, visitors with limited mobility can use a ground-floor entrance via a ramp (20 metres long, intermediate platform at 17 metres, 2.16 metres wide, 6%) and a slope in the interior (10% over 2 metres) near the well-marked disabled parking spaces. Intercom at the door - will then be opened by staff. Continue in lift accompanied by member of staff.

From the disabled parking spaces to the main entrance is a distance of about 400 metres, of whch 150 metres with 4 to 9% longitudinal slope. Level ground-floor entrance to foyer, museum shop and gastronomy via two ramps (each 10 metres long, 3%) behind the water basin. Access to the studo gallery via 2 steps. All the aisles in the museum are wide and easy to navigate. Because of the light installations desired by the artist, the room with the monumental picture is very dark.

One WC in the main entrance area and one in the studio cinema. Sign to WC at main entrance: accessible only at left = 55 cm. By the studio cinema: accessible only at left = 133 cm.

Guide dogs permitted. Audio guide. Talking book. 2 wheelchairs for hire. The museum is regularly visited by guests with disabilities. The staff are accustomed to them and pleased to help. By prior appointment, guided tours can be adapted to meet appropriate requirements.

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Panorama Museum

Am Schlachtberg 9
06567 Bad Frankenhausen

Telephone: +49 (0) 34671 6190
Fax: +49 (0) 34671 61920

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