Friedrich Engels - A spectre is haunting Europe

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“A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism”. That is the beginning of the Communist Manifesto written by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx in 1848 and it ends with the militant appeal “workers of the world, unite!”. In other writings, Engels has dealt with the economic and societal consequences as well as the repression of the industrialization in the 19th century. Together with Marx he not only formulated a profound criticism but also a theory of capitalism, both of which are still prominent. Friedrich Engels is one of the most eminent characters of the 19th century who will continue to mark our history.

Wuppertal is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Engels with a special exhibition from March 29 to September 20, 2020 at "Haus der Jugend" - near to his birthplace in Barmen. The exhibition focuses on Friedrich Engels as an employer, philosopher, social critic, writer and journalist, revolutionary and visionary but also on a dutiful son, a loyall and generous friend and convival host.   It describes his fascinating life at the time of the "industrial revolution" which was to take him from Bremen to Berlin Paris Brussels Cologne, Manchester and London.

The exhibits, individual works, paintings and contemporary photos will show events, living and work on the way into modernity as similarly perceived by Engels himself. Among the highlights of the exhibition are first editions of major works of Friedrich Engels as well as original handwritings, manuscripts and caricatures using multimedia presentations to illustrate his multiaced thinking. In addition, personal items of Friedrich Engels and many other exhibits will offer insights into the life, work and personality of Wuppertal’s most famous son.



Visitor information of the special exhibition

Location: Kunst Halle 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 train station on the left side at Höhne and cross to the other side of the street at Springbrunnen/big silver sphere. Follow the pedestrian zone for about 250 meters. On the left-hand is a great square directly to the C&A store. You will see a building with columns on your right – You have arrived at Haus der Jugend Barmen. The Kunsthalle Barmen ist located in this building.

Take the train to the stop Wuppertal-Barmen. After leaving the train lookout for the 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.
First, cross the traffic lights at the corner and then, second, cross the main street at Höhne by the McDonalds restaurant - turn right here.  
After 250 meters you will arrive at Haus der Jugend Barmen. You can see the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz on the left-hand side.
Leave the A 46 at the exit 36 Wichlinghausen. Go straight on – at the first traffic lights of Märkische Straße. Follow the street down the valley Westkotter Straße/Bachstraße. The street ends at the suspension railway – turn right at Höhne. After 200 meters you will see the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz on the right-hand side. There are several car parks: Werth 74-76,  Lindenstraße 8; Große Flurstraße 41 and Johannes-Rau-Platz 7.

From ??? to 20.09.2020    
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday, Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, On Mondays we are closed.
Single ticket: 8 €, Single ticket reduced: 5 € (pupils, students, apprentices, recipents of wage-replacement benefits, voluntary service, people with disabilities,  Bundesfreiwilligendienst, Menschen mit Behinderung, late visitors from 4.00 am)
Group ticket from 15 people: adults: 5 €, reduced: 3 €

Guided tour on request
Free Entrance: Children und youths 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.
a) Engels kompakt: one-hour guided tour for pre-booked groups: 80 € (plus entrance fee), school classes including 2 accompanying persons: 40 € (no entrance fee), foreign language guide: plus 15 €
b) Engels spezial: one and a half-hour guided tour for pre-booked groups: 120 € (plus entrance fee), school classes including 2 accompanying persons: 60 € (no entrance fee), foreign language guide: plus 15 €
c) Engels öffentlich: one-hour guided tour every thursday at 3.00 pm and  every Sunday at 11.00 am: 5 € per person (plus entrance fee); registering at the ticket desk.
If interested in a guided tour, you need to register online in advance.
Booking Engels kompakt and Engels spezial at the Ankerpunkt of the Historical Centre via mail:; phone: +49 202 563-4375.
We recommend a maximum number of 15 people per tour. For a higher number of participants please consult the Ankerpunkt prior to booking.
The special exhibition is accessible by lift.

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The Kontor 91

During the comprehensive renovation of the permanent exhibition in the Museum for Early Industrialization and the Engels-House the Kontor 91 will be our main location.
In the middle of the pedestrian-zone in Barmen we are presenting to you some of our special exhibits from the museums’s collection.
These include, for example,  the modell of the Engels-Bruchs, historical textile machines, school desks, While rummaging through the exhibition you will hear about  the industrial history of Wuppertal, the significance of the textile industry for the earlier economic Boom, child labour in textile factories, and much more.
The Kontor 91 is also the location of pedagogical programmes for school classes, families and children.
“Actively taking part”  is the motto of our workshops and our tours for families.
Thus, the Historical Centre created a unique offer for people of all ages.  
Lecture evenings of the friends association of the historical centre complete the courses offered.

The Engelspavillon

During the comprehensive renovation of the Engels-House and the Museum for Early Industrialization the Engelspavillon will serve as a contact point and information centre for our visitors.
Inside you can find a small exhibition including information about the life and work of the factory owner in Barmen, the philosopher and world changer Friedrich Engels.
A timeline offers an overview of the life journey of Engels linked to contemporary history.

The Engelspavillon will also serve as a contact point of industrial culture.
It will give an overivew of historic industrial characterstics and sets, signposted routes as well as touristic and historic industrial offers in Wuppertal and its neighbouring cities Solingen and Remscheid.
You can find publications and routes in maps and settings of the der industrial culture here.
These may help you to  discover Wuppertal and the Bergische Land.