„Heretic, Schismatic, Teacher of the Faith – The Catholic View of Luther“
Extended until the end of May 2019!
The Catholic view of Luther has undergone a decidedly dramatic change in the past centuries. While the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches are growing ever closer on their path “from conflict to communion”, the change in the perception of the reformer and its background have largely gone unnoticed in the church and general public.
The Lutherhaus Eisenach is therefore showing when and how the Catholic view of Luther changed in its special exhibition Heretic, Schismatic, Teacher of the Faith marking the anniversary and commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. The innovatively designed exhibition navigates the strife-ridden history between 1517 and 2017 and explain why Catholics are now able to view Luther as an important figure of church history and even a “teacher of the faith” rather than as a “heretic” and “schismatic”.
Heretic, Schismatic, Teacher of the Faith is intended for the general public and is universally accessible. The exhibition is under the joint auspices of Bishop Ilse Junkermann and Bishop Dr. Ulrich Neymeyr and is being overseen by an ecumenical advisory committee.
You should plan to spend 30 – 45 minutes in the special exhibition. Since it is designed to enable visitors to explore issues on their own, guided tours are not offered. Click here for information on how to find us and for the flyer on the special exhibition.
Venue: Lutherhaus Eisenach’s special exhibition gallery, Lutherplatz 8, 99817 Eisenach
Hours: April-October: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November-March: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays.
Combined admission (permanent and special exhibitions): € 8 (€ 6 with discount), group admission: € 7 per person (school student group admission: € 4 per person), family admission (2 adults with their own children/grandchildren 14 or younger): € 16
Special exhibition (without the permanent exhibition): 4 € (€ 3 with discount), group admission: € 3.50 per person (school student group admission: € 2.50 per person), family admission (2 adults with their own children/grandchildren 14 or younger): € 8
A bilingual companion volume to the exhibition has been published (German-English). The museum edition (€ 9.80) is available only at the Lutherhaus Eisenach. The trade edition (€ 13.90) can be ordered online from the bookstore “LeseLust”.
“Study and Eradication. The Church’s ‘Dejewification Institute’, 1939–1945”
As of September 20, 2019
Eleven regional Protestant churches established the infamous “Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life” in Eisenach in May of 1939. The Lutherhaus Eisenach explores the origins and work of this anti-Semitic “dejewification institute” in a well-grounded, compelling and critical special exhibition. It also examines the institute’s background and intellectual roots, the impact of its work and the arduous process of confronting this history after 1945.
The multimedia exhibition is designed fully bilingually (German and English) and barrier-free. The exhibition can be viewed during the Lutherhaus’s regular hours, most likely, until the end of 2021.