The House of the Weimar Republic
A Forum for Democracy
The Weimar Republic, Germany's first democracy, existed from 1918 to 1933. It was established after the First World War, in very difficult conditions but with hope and dynamism. Much of that which we accept as a matter of course today was created then. But the opponents of democracy fought against it with all possible means, which ultimately led to its destruction in 1933.
The House of the Weimar Republic (HDWR) tells this story and demonstrates how topical the Weimar Republic still is today - presented in a way that is modern, uses multimedia and relates to the present. It is a forum for democracy, with space for exhibitions, research and education - at the authentic venue, in Weimar, where Germany's first democracy was born.
Permanent exhibition and time capsules
Learn about the history of the Weimar Republic, its beginnings full of hope, its eventful day-to-day work, its targeted destruction and its influence on the present - at a multimedia exhibition with impressive exhibits. Travel right back to the time of the Weimar Republic and delve into four specific years and their events, namely 1919, 1925, 1929 and 1932, with the help of original film recordings with commentaries. A fascinating experience awaits you!
Renovation and new building
The central memorial to the first German democracy is being created on Theaterplatz, directly opposite the German National Theatre, where the delegates to the National Assembly met in 1919. The existing building has been renovated and a modern new extension is being added. In the old building are the permanent exhibition on the Weimar Republic and a visitors' centre with a foyer, cinema room, shop and café. This section opened on 31 July 2019 with a great celebration of democracy. The new section will be completed by the end of 2020, where a multifunctional room for events and workshops, an area for changing exibitions and offices for the association and the Weimar Republic research department are scheduled to be located.
After viewing the exhibition, enjoy your time in the House of the Weimar Republic - Forum for Democracy. Take a look around the Museum Shop and, in fine weather, sit in the Künstlergarten (café with outside seating) - a real sanctuary at the heart of Weimar.
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