13 May to 5 November 2017
Augusteum | Wittenberg
Martin Luther lived and worked in Wittenberg for more than 35 years. It was here that he offered lectures to students from all over Europe, and here that he wrote the treatises that changed the world. And, first and foremost, it was here in Wittenberg that Martin Luther posted the theses that triggered the Reformation. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are showing the National Special Exhibition ‘95 Treasures – 95 People’ in the Augusteum, the front building of the Luther House in Wittenberg.
From 13 May to 5 November 2017, an area of approximately 1,200 square metres will be devoted to the presentation of valuable items on loan from collections in Germany and around the globe. The exhibits include personal belongings of Martin Luther, as well as objects related to the history of the Reformation.
The focus of the exhibition is on the central event of the anniversary, Luther’s nailing of the theses to the door of the Castle Church. The first part, ‘95 treasures’, uses extraordinary exhibits drawn from the surroundings of the young Martin Luther to illustrate his path to becoming the reformer. Just who was the person that triggered the Reformation? What was it that drove him as a young monk?
The second part of the exhibition, ‘95 people’, introduces 95 individuals and the personal relationships of each to the reformer and his work. The selection of people has not been limited to any one epoch, and they come not only from Germany, but around the world. The exhibition presents people from the 16th century right down to the 21st century: revolutionaries, educators, writers, artists, philosophers. Visitors will encounter such figures as Astrid Lindgren, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Edward Munch and Steve Jobs.
The presentation also includes an interactive exhibition for children and young people and a diverse supporting programme.
The National Special Exhibition ‘Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People’ is supported by funding from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.
It is one of three national special exhibitions in 2017. The German Historical Museum in Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin will be presenting the exhibition ‘The Luther Effect’ (12 April to 5 November 2017), while the exhibition ‘Luther und die Deutschen’ [Luther and the Germans] will be taking place at Wartburg (4 May to 5 November 2017).
All of the information on the national special exhibitions is available at: