Faust Museum

Departments in the Faust Museum

The Faust myth is documented on three levels in the Faust Museum.

Ground floor

Faust Museum, Ground floor

On the ground floor, sources from Georg Johann Faust‘s life in Knittlingen, which he left behind between 1480 and 1540, are on display. The testimonies all come from contemporaries. They reveal an impressive professional portfolio and provide insights into the personality of the magician and astrologer, healer and natural scientist – and of course into the era of his life: the Renaissance.

1st floor

Faust‘s spectacular death in Staufen im Breisgau, probably caused by an explosion during an alchemical experiment, set the legends about the devil‘s pact in motion.
What were the alchemists actually aiming at in their research and experiments? Who worked in a Renaissance laboratory and what instruments, ingredients and financial resources were needed? All this can be explored in our newly set up Renaissance alchemy laboratory on the first floor.

The special exhibition Alchemy – Science or Devil‘s Pact? presents one of the most important alchemical works of the 17th century: Atalanta fugiens by the author Michael Maier conveys basic chemical principles and processes through texts, allegorical images and music.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Doctor Faust‘s poison cabinet. This unique specimen, which was found in Faust‘s birthplace, proves that there were residents there who were interested in alchemy. The investigation of the cabinet is currently underway.

The transition from history to legend, which can be read in the appearance of the Mephistopheles figure, takes place in fantastic stories, which the people of the 16th century were inspired to write by Faust.

The first literary expression is found in the so-called folk book, the Historia of D. Johann Fausten from 1587. The first formulation as a drama in five acts, Die tragische Historie vom Doktor Faustus (originally: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus), comes from the pen of the English Renaissance writer Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).

On the vividly designed first floor, the literary expression can be retraced via the puppet show from Doktor Faustus to Lessing and his Faust fragment of the museum.

2. Stock

Goethes Faust-Adaptionen ist ein eigener Raum gewidmet, in dem förmlich in den Text eingetaucht werden kann.
Nebenan im Großraum wird die visualisierte Faust-Welt des Goetheschen Faust präsentiert: Eine Bilderflut mit Werken aus den Sammlungen des Faust-Archivs, Skulpturen sowie einem Bühnenbild-Modell der legendären Peter Stein-Inszenierung aus dem Jahr 2000.

Die Romantik brachte schon nach Goethes erster Faust-Fassung, dem Fragment (1790), ganz eigene Faust-Adaptionen hervor. Wie sich der Faust-Stoff gerade nach Goethes Faust II (1832) auf dem Weg in die Moderne weiter öffnete und sich alle Medien aneignete, all dies kann über interaktive Elemente, Mitnahme-Texte, Audio-Stationen sowie Musik-Lounge und kleinem Kino mit (fast) allen Sinnen erfahren werden.

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