Friedrich Engels - A spectre is haunting Europe

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“A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism”. This is how the Communist Manifesto written by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx in 1848 begins and it ends with the militant appeal “Working Men of All Countries, Unite!” In manyother writings, Engels dealt with the economic and social consequences and upheavels of the industrialization in the 19th century.

Together with Karl Marx he formulated a critique and theory of capitalism that is still prominent today. Friedrich Engels is one of the most important personalities of the 19th century who have influenced history to this day.

Wuppertal is celebrating Friedrich Engels's 200th birthday with a special exhibition from March 29 to September 20, 2020 in the "Haus der Jugend", not far from his birthplace in Barmen. The exhibition takes a historical look at the entrepreneur, philosopher and social critic, writer and journalist, revolutionary and visionary, but also at the dutiful son, loyal and generous friend and convival host. It describes his eventful life at the time of the "Industrial Revolution", which was to take him from Wuppertal to Bremen, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Manchester and London.

With many exhibits, works, paintings and above all contemporary photos, the history of Europe is shown on the way to modernity, as Engels perceived it. Highlights of the special exhibition are first editions of major works by Friedrich Engels as well as original handwritings, caricatures, manuscripts and multimedia presentations which illustrate his multifaceted thinking. In addition, there are Friedrich Engels´ personal objects and a variety of exhibits that give an insight into the life, work and personality of the most famous son of the city of Wuppertal.



Hygiene protection! Please note!

Dear visitors, the opening of the special exhibition is only possible if strict hygiene protection measures are observed. Please understand that a normal visit to the exhibition, as you are used to, is not possible. Nevertheless, we will try to make your stay at the Engels special exhibition as pleasant as possible. We would also like to point out that there may be waiting times. 

These measures include:

  • Limiting the number of visitors to the rooms of the special exhibition to 25 at any one time
  • Limitation of the number of visitors in the individual exhibition rooms to 6 persons
  • Regulation of access via the ticket system of Wuppertal live with the allocation of timeslots
  • Mandatory mouthguards for visitors and supervisory staff
  • No group visits or guided tours
  • Common entrance limited to a maximum of 2 persons or families with a maximum of 6 family members

Visitor information

Location: Kunsthalle Barmen/ Haus der Jugend, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 4-6, 42269 Wuppertal

Schwebebahn/Suspension railway:
Take the suspension railway to the stop "Werther Brücke". Leave the suspension railway station on the left side at Höhne and cross to the other side of the street (fountain/big silver ball). Follow the pedestrian zone for about 250 meters. On the left-hand side is a large square directly to the C&A store. The historical building with columns is the "Haus der Jugend" where the "Kunsthalle Barmen" ist located.

Take the train toWuppertal-Barmen. After getting off, go to platform 3+4. Do not take the main exit!
Walk along the platform instead, then go upstairs to the bridge. Cross the street and go down at the left side. At the corner, cross the traffic lights and leave the suspension railway station “Alter Markt” on the right. At “McDonalds” crossthe main street (Höhne) and turn right. After about 250 m you will see the Haus der Jugend Barmen or Geschwister-Scholl-Platz on the left-hand side.
Leave the A 46 at exit 36 "Wichlinghausen). Go straight on at the first traffic light (Märkische Straße). Follow the street down the valley Westkotter Straße/Bachstraße. The road ends at the Wupper/suspension railway; turn right here (Höhne). After approx. 200 m you will find Geschwister-Scholl-Platz on the right. Nearby parking garages are at Werth 74-76, Lindenstraße 8; Große Flurstraße 41 and Johannes-Rau-Platz 7.

From 15.05. until 20.09.2020    
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Thursday: 1.00 pm - 7.00 pm, Friday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday, Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday closed.
Single ticket: 8 €, Single ticket reduced: 5 € (pupils, students, trinees, recipents of wage replacement benefits, federal voluntary service, people with disabilities, people with disabilities)
Free admission: children und young people under the age of 14, holders of a valid press card,  members of the ICOM und the German Museumsbund.
Tickets for the special exhibition can be booked online.

Please note: 
There is no box office at the Kunsthalle Barmen. For reasons of hygiene, it is necessary that you purchase tickets for the special exhibition in advance. Admission tickets can be booked online: Visitors who have free admission must also obtain an admission ticket in advance.
FAQ about advance booking
- How can I purchase an admission ticket online?
Follow the link:

- Do children under 14 years of age also need a ticket?
Yes, please book an additional ticket free of charge for children between 0 and 13 years of age. Without such a ticket, unfortunately, no admission to the Engels Special Exhibition can be granted. 

- What do I do if I cannot book online?
Due to the current situation, it is unfortunately not possible to purchase tickets at a box office in the Haus der Jugend at the moment. Tickets for your visit to the Engels Special Exhibition can also be booked at the advance booking offices of Addresses and opening hours can be found at

- Why is there no discount for groups?
At the moment it is not possible to visit the exhibition as a group for reasons of hygiene. A maximum of two persons or families with a maximum of 6 relatives are admitted at the same time.

- What is the meaning of the time slot for which I booked my ticket?
We have set up so-called time slots of 20 minutes for visitors. Please start your visit within this time slot. The length of your visit to the exhibition is not regulated. A maximum of 6 tickets will be sold for each 20-minute time slot to regulate access. 

- Is my ticket still valid if I am late?
Yes, your ticket is still valid. But you can't be admitted until another time slot is available. This may cause considerable waiting times. We therefore ask you to arrive punctually within your time window.

- Is waiting time to be expected despite advance booking?
We assume that waiting times will only occur in individual cases, but we cannot exclude it. Priority is given to the observance of hygiene protection.
Guided tours
For reasons of hygiene protection, guided tours of the special exhibition cannot be offered at present.
Photography in the special exhibition
Photography in the special exhibition is not permitted.

The special exhibition is accessible by lift.

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Ausführender Stadtbetrieb: Historisches Zentrum Wuppertal (HZW)

Projektleitung: Dr. Lars Bluma (HZW)

Kuratorenteam: Heike Ising-Alms (leitende Kuratorin), Thorsten Dette (Stadtarchiv), Marina Mohr (HZW), Reiner Rhefus (HZW)

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat: Dr. Anja Kruke (Archiv der sozialen Demokratie/Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung), Prof. Dr. Wilfried Nippel (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Regina Roth (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften/MEGA), Prof. Dr. Clemens Zimmermann (Universität des Saarlandes)

Organisation und Verwaltung: Marcus Issel (HZW)

Exponat- und Leihmanagement: Alexandra Barbian (HZW)

Finanzen: Birgit Verkennis (HZW)

Werbung und Merchandising: Birgit Hoseit-Veljovic (HZW)

Technik: Jochen Reuter (HZW), Kevin Emmerlich (HZW)

Gestalterbüro: Space4


Stadt Wuppertal/Medienzentrum, Fotograf: Gerd Neumann