Jena’s Romanticist House, the former home of the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, is now a literature museum.
The museum covers the famous Romanticists’ meeting in 1799, as well as showcasing Jena’s extraordinary cultural significance in the period around 1800 more generally. The interaction between poetry, philosophy, art and the natural sciences gave rise to a new aesthetic that resonates to this day.
The exhibition presents the intellectual climate of those years (approx. 1785 to 1800), when Early Romanticism was able to thrive as a literary and philosophical movement, and at times even as a shared concept to live by.
Temporary exhibitions and special events complement the permanent exhibition.
Location Romanticist House in Jena
|Tue – Sun||10am – 5pm|
|Closed:||1 January, 17 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 October, 24, 25, 31 December|
Schiller’s summer house
Schiller’s summer house represents an important part of cultural history in the city of light.
Jena around 1800 ‒ Dr Helmut Hühn
Goethe and Schiller, Hölderlin and Fichte, Schelling and Hegel – these are only a few of the acclaimed poets and philosophers who have lived and worked in Jena. Dr Helmut Hühn, head of Schiller’s summer house and the Goethe Museum in Jena, is an expert on those luminaries and on the city. In this interview, he looks back at Jena in around 1800, when it was still a small, insignificant backwater, and explains why this period is so important for the modern day.