The foundations are headquartered at locations which are closely linked to the lives of these personalities. Using the collective slogan “Narrating biographies – discovering history” they present exhibitions which provide information on the lives, the political ideas and influence, as well as the historical legacy of these statesmen, against the background of their respective historical epochs.
The exhibitions are envisioned as places of learning about history. There is a wide range of educational events on offer for children, young people and adults which, alongside exhibitions, seminars, lectures, discussions with historical witnesses and panel discussions, provide the interested public with a varied historical and civic education programme. In addition, the foundations conduct historical research, organize scholarly symposia and edit series of publications. Their archives and specialised libraries are available to all interested users.
The work of the five memorial foundations for outstanding German statesmen contributes to broadening and deepening knowledge about the history of Germany and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The federal foundations are financed from the budget of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).