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.
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.
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)
Tours in other languages
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".