Otto von Bismarck Foundation in Friedrichsruh

At its headquarters in the historic reception hall of the Friedrichsruh railway station – not far from the place where Bismarck resided for the most part since the mid 1870s, where he died and was borne to the grave – the Foundation fulfils its mission through scholarly research and historical-political education. It preserves the private papers of Otto von Bismarck and his family and evaluates them to serve the interests of the general public in matters of culture and scholarship, education and politics.

In addition to lecture series, seminars, guided tours through the permanent exhibit “Otto von Bismarck and his Times” as well as walking tours through Friedrichsruh, the pedagogical programme of the museum is directed in particular towards school classes who are offered intensive on-site mentoring support through guided tours adapted to regional curricula as well as interesting work with original sources.

In keeping with their self-conception as a “service provider” to the public, admission to the permanent exhibit and use of the library and archives are free of charge for all visitors.

Opening hours:

November to March: Tuesday - Sunday 10–16 o’clock
April to October: Tuesday - Sunday 10–18 o’clock

Free admission
Guided tours by request

 

Bismarck Museum in Friedrichsruh

The "Family Museum"/Bismarck Museum, which was entrusted as a permanent loan to the Otto von Bismarck Foundation in 2009, is located only a few meters from the Foundation’s headquarters building. With its first-rate national cultural assets it contributes to ensuring direct access to Otto von Bismarck as a statesman and private person. A high point of the exhibit is Anton von Werner’s painting of the Imperial Proclamation of 1871.

Opening hours:

November to March: Tuesday - Sunday 10–16 o’clock
April to October: Tuesday - Sunday 10–18 o’clock

Admission: 4 Euros, free for school classes
Guided tours by request

 

Otto von Bismarck Foundation in Schönhausen

In Schönhausen the remains of the old estate grounds attest to Otto von Bismarck’s origins in the landed gentry. And in the extensively restored side-wing of Bismarck’s birth house, which was demolished in 1958, an exhibition provides information about his life and politics as well as about the cult in his day which honoured the statesman as the "Founder of the Reich."

The objects of interest at this historic location are supplemented by a diversified programme of lectures as well as pedagogical museum events. The educational offerings are directed  towards the appropriate curricular level of pupils and all types of schools starting with the 8th grade. A variety of illustrative materials provides points of contact for individually adaptable thematic focal points. Pupils from the first grade level on can take part in a search for clues and learn, for example, what the lives of children were like in the vicinity of the Schönhausen estate.

Opening hours:

4th October to 31st March: Tuesday - Sunday 10-17 o’clock
1st April to 3rd October: Tuesday - Sunday 10–18 o’clock

Admission 2 Euros
Reduced 1 Euro
Groups of 10 or more persons, 1.50 Euros per person, with guided tour, 2 Euros per person
Free admission for school classes and children under 6 years