freiheyt 1525. 500 years of the Peasants' War

Thuringian State Exhibition 2025 in Mühlhausen and Bad Frankenhausen

In 2025, numerous museums in Europe are commemorating the Peasants' War, which 500 years ago led to numerous feuds not only in Germany, but also in other countries such as Austria and Switzerland, and left its mark on history. There were also riots and incendiary speeches in Thuringia and the neighbouring state of Saxony-Anhalt. The rural areas in the north of Thuringia in particular were the scene of the warlike conflicts.

The centre of the action was the former imperial city of Mühlhausen and the town of Bad Frankenhausen at the foot of the Kyffhäuser Mountains. Here, rebels raised "word and arms" against the clergy and nobility, fighting for more rights - for "freedom and justice". There were repeated uprisings; castles and churches were stormed and monasteries razed. Under the symbol of the rainbow and the flag of the radical reformer Thomas Müntzer, a decisive military conflict took place on the so-called Schlachtberg (today the site of the Panorama Museum Bad Frankenhausen).

In the former imperial city of Mühlhausen, the state exhibition will commemorate this period from 26 April to 10 October 2025 in four different museums with central exhibitions and outstanding exhibits: Museum St. Marien | Müntzergedenkstätte (Society in Transition - Living Environment, Models of Order, Distortions), Kornmarktkirche | Gedenkstätte Bauernkrieg (The Peasants' War - Radicalisation, Crisis Management, Consequences), Kunsthistorisches Museum (Interpretation and Reception - Memory, Instrumentalisation, Interpretation) and Museum Allerheiligenkirche (History Lab - History Laboratory and Cultural Space).

The Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen with its oversized Peasants' War panorama - a barrel painting by the painter Tübke - is another central part of the state exhibition, which will be presented from 10 May to 17 August 2025 with a special exhibition (a tour of the era with historical models by Werner Tübke).

Numerous other Thuringian cities and the surrounding regions with their castles, monasteries, museums and other sights are planning extensive guided tours, events and activities. Thematic lectures and seminars complete the varied supporting programme. A decentralised state exhibition in the neighbouring state of Saxony-Anhalt will open in autumn 2024.

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