This year International Museum Day will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary on 21 May. On this day under the heading "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums" many of the more than 6,500 museums in Germany will open their doors to the public. So that you can keep track of what’s going on, we’ve sought out all the events that are of interest to devotees of the Bauhaus.

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich / Photo: Rufus46 (Wikimedia Commons)
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich / Photo: Rufus46 (Wikimedia Commons)

When the first International Museum Day was declared on 21 May 1977 by the International Council of Museums ICOM, no one could have anticipated the effects it would go on to have. Now, forty years later, it is a complete success and every year it has captured the imaginations of countless people along the way. This year not only offers an anniversary in round figures, but also a favourable date for all jobholders, so that visitor numbers are certain to rise once again.

International Museum Day adopts a new theme every year which puts a spotlight on current issues in society, elucidates diverse core themes of the work done by and in museums and sheds light on the diversity of the museum landscape in Germany. This year’s international theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums” draws attention to the pressing issues of our time.

In Germany, Museum Day is held under the aegis of the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Germany and gives visitors an opportunity to explore the nation’s diverse museums – usually free of charge. On this day, museums present themselves to the public, offering special guided tours or workshops or inviting visitors to take a look behind the scenes.

In this respect International Museum Day seems to be nigh-predestined to report on the ground breaking ideas of the Bauhaus during its almost fourteen years in existence on the grounds that the school revolutionised thinking and production in design and the arts worldwide – and continues to be highly influential in these fields today.

Would you like to be inspired by one of the diverse events, based on your location? If so, further information is available here:


Kunsthalle Weishaupt

Best of 10 Years

The Kunsthalle Weishaupt celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017. To mark this round number it opens its collection to the public and shows works by the Bauhaus artist Josef Albers and by legends such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz 1
89073 Ulm
Tel. 0731 1614360

11:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Öffentliche Führungen: 
11:00 – 11:30 Uhr
13:00 – 13:30 Uhr
14:00 – 14:30 Uhr
16:00 – 16:30 Uhr



Pinakothek der Moderne

Provenance in Design: Selected Bauhaus Works

On the in-house guided tours conservators, restorers or research associates who work every day with the art works in the Pinakothek’s collections and exhibitions introduce the museum’s collection. On International Museum Day there will be a special public guided tour entitled “Provenance in Design: Selected Bauhaus Works”.

Barer Straße 40
80333 München
Tel. 089 23805360

14:00 – 15:00 Uhr


Georg Kolbe Museum

Alfred Flechtheim. Modernism’s Art Dealer

The exhibition provides an insight into Berlin’s art scene in the 1920s and shows works by the Bauhaus artist Gerhard Marcks and by Rudolf Belling, Arno Breker, Edgar Degas, Georg Kolbe and Ernst Barlach.

Sensburger Allee 25

14055 Berlin
Tel. 030 3042144

10:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Öffentliche Führung: 
14:00 – 15:00 Uhr

Berlinische Galerie/ Museum für moderne Kunst

Art in Berlin 1880 – 1980

The exhibition shows the diversity of artistic approaches, styles, tensions, contradictions and departures that continue to characterise modern Berlin. The collection shows works by the founder of the Staatliche Bauhochschule in Weimar, Otto Bartning, and by Max Beckmann, Rudolf Belling, Oskar Kokoschka and Max Liebermann.

Alte Jakobsstraßen 124–128

10969 Berlin

10:00 – 18:00 Uhr


Ernst-May-Gesellschaft e. V. 

Interior Design 100

The “Musterhaus” gives an impression of the diverse interior designs of the last 100 years. The programme includes a guided tour with Christina Treutlein: Discover layers of time in the restored “Musterhaus” in Frankfurt am Main.

Im Burgfeld 136
60439 Frankfurt am Main
Tel. 069 15343883

12:30 – 13:00 Uhr
15:00 – 15:30 Uhr

North Rhine-Westphalia

Heinrich Neuy Bauhaus Museum

Gunta Stölzl – A life in weaving

The exhibition provides an overview of the oeuvre of the textile designer and only female Bauhaus master, Gunta Stölzl. The exhibits include early sketches, textile designs, wall hangings and textiles for industry and clothing.

Kirchplatz 5 
48565 Steinfurt-Borghorst 
Tel. 02552 9958309

11:00 – 17:00 Uhr


Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. & Philip Johnson

The exhibition shows works by Bauhaus pioneers in America. A 90-minute creative activity project for children and young people will take place at 1 p.m.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
33602 Bielefeld
Tel. 0521 32999500

14:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Lower Saxony


A behind-the-scenes look at a listed building.

The director of the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, Dr. Jaeggi, opens the special photography exhibition “Life at the Bauhaus” at 11 a.m. in the Fagus Gallery.

Hannoversche Straße 58 
31061 Alfeld
Tel. 05181 79487

10:00 –16:00 Uhr

Öffentliche Führungen:
11:00 Uhr
13:00 Uhr


Bad Münder

Special exhibition on the theme of folding chairs from various eras.

From time immemorial the folding chair has been an important part of the household and has inspired umpteen artists. One of these was Marcel Breuer, who designed an especially elegantly version: the Folding Chair Model B4.

Eimbeckhausen e.V.
Fritz-Hahne-Str. 6
31848 Bad Münder  (Ortsteil Eimbeckhausen)
Tel. 05042 527084

14:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Rhineland Palatinate


Mobile printing workshop for children

Here, children will be able to delve into the mysteries of printing and make their own prints under supervision.

Liebfrauenplatz 5
55116 Mainz
Tel. 06131 122640

11:00 – 17:00 Uhr


Lyonel-Feininger-Galerie Quedlinburg

Walter Libuda. Magical fields. Works with paper.

The exhibition shows watercolours, gouaches and sketches on paper from different eras and by various artists. What becomes apparent is that these are not only works on paper, but that the paper itself becomes a means of production for the artist.

Schlossberg 11
06484 Quedlinburg
Tel. 03946 6895930

10:00 – 18:00 Uhr


Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig

Plan! Leipzig, Architecture and Urban Planning 1945 – 1976

Based on unpublished plans and photographs, the exhibition paints a picture of the construction activities that took place in Leipzig in the three decades after the war.

Böttchergäßchen 3
04109 Leipzig
Tel. 0341 965130

10:00 – 18:00 Uhr



Tour by the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar

With more than 200 exhibits, the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar offers an insight into the development of the Bauhaus in Weimar, the most important university for design in the 20th century.

Theaterplatz 1
99423 Weimar
Tel. 03643 545400

13:00 – 14:00 Uhr


[AW/NF 2017, Translation: RW]