Melanchthon House

Melanchthonhaus in Wittenberg

The permanent exhibition "Philipp Melanchthon: Life – Work – Legacy" tells about the life and work of Philipp Melanchthon.

The former home of Philipp Melanchthon

This Renaissance style house in Wittenberg, built in 1536, is an architectural gem. The humanist and reformer Philipp Melanchthon lived and worked in this house until his death. Today, the Melanchthon house is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The exhibition

Philipp Melanchthon moved to the Melanchthon House in 1539. This is the house where Melanchthon resided with his family and many guests, where he penned many of his writings, and where he staged poetry contests with his students. More than any other location, this house is ideally suited to making Melanchthon’s life accessible to the public. 

The Melanchthon House has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996.
On the neighboring property, a modern new building was opened at the beginning of 2013 after two years of construction. On 600 m² of exhibition space, a new permanent exhibition entitled "Philipp Melanchthon: "Life - Work - Impact" provides information about the living conditions and everyday life of Melanchthon and his family.The part of the exhibition in the new building in shows manuscripts, prints, paintings and busts that tell of Melanchthons meaning for the reformation and for the development of Protestantism.
Among the exhibits are previously unpublished salary receipts and first handwritten history of the city of Wittenberg as well as a larger than life, elaborately restored portrait of Melanchthon. The Melanchthon house itself was almost never converted over the centuries.
The exhibition includes elements that were specially developed for children and teenagers. So the children get a cast-iron key that gives you access to trunks, cabinets and hidden games. Melanchthons ten-year-old daughter Magdalena guides the children visually and auditorily through the history of Reformation and through the everyday life of the Melanchthon family.

exterior view of the Melanchthon House
Study and death chamber of Melanchthon in the Melanchthon House

Opening hours

April - October    
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

November - March      
Mo: closed
Tue - Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Entrance fees

adults 5,00 €
reduced, children 2,50 €
groups (from 10 persons) 4,00 €
children under 6 years free entrance
family ticket 10,00 €
combi-ticket Luther House & Melanchthon House: 10,00 €

Address

Melanchthon House
Collegienstraße 60
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg