• The Friedrich Family House

    Exhibition on Caspar David Friedrich and his Family


  • Friends of Friedrich

    The Society, Active and Energetic


  • Retracing Friedrich’s Footsteps

    Guided Tours, Classes and Workshops


Your Visit

We are open!

From Tuesday to Sunday, the Caspar David Friedrich Center is open for you from 11 am to 5 pm.


The museum shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
You are welcome to use our Online-Shop to get an overview of our product range.


Greifswald, Lange Straße 57
Tel. +49-3834/884568


Opening Times


October to April:
Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 – 17.00


May to September:
Tuesday to Sunday 11.00  – 17.00




The Caspar David Friedrich Centre has a step-free access only to the ground floor.

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The Caspar David Friedrich Centre is the meeting place of all who wish to retrace the artist’s footsteps in the town where he was born.


The Centre was opened in 2004 in the historic Soap-House and was enlarged in 2011 to cover the whole of the family’s former living quarters and business premises. It recalls the great painter and the greatest son of Greifswald.

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Tour of the Centre (PDF)

Current Exhibition in the Gallery of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Centre

Caspar David Friedrich: The paintings’ hidden lives

4 May 2024 - 13 October 2024

The exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich: The paintings’ hidden lives" focuses on art works by Caspar David Friedrich whose object biographies are closely linked to the city of Greifswald and its inhabitants in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. All of the discussed works were at one point or for a period of their existence in Greifswald. No original art works by Friedrich are on display in this exhibition. Instead, reproductions that are complimented by multimedia presentations are shown here. Reproductions are replicas of original artworks, which today are mostly available as printed products that are based on digital data.

Where and when was the picture created?
Who created it?
Who owned it and when?
Where did it “live”?
Did it change locations?
Was it exhibited publicly?
Does it still exist today? And if so: where? 


Answering questions like these is the core of so-called OBJECT BIOGRAPHIES. This exhibition’s objects are replicas of selected art works by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). Their biographies deal with the history of their ownership and transmission as well as storage and exhibition locations from their creation to the present day. However, questions of painting style, pictorial symbolism or interpretation are not discussed at this point.


Discover with us the hidden life of the paintings from more than 200 years of Friedrich's reception!


Academic director: Dr Michael Lissok, Art Historian, University of Greifswald

Curatorial management: Caroline Barth M. A., Managing Director of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Centre


Due to the multimedia nature of the exhibition, we recommend that you bring your own headphones as well as a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) so that you can scan the corresponding QR codes and listen to audio files.





Welcome to the Caspar David Friedrich Society in Greifswald, the famous early Romantic painter's hometown.

Founded in 1998, our Society is a non-profit-making organization that aims to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the artist and to encourage further research into his life, his personality and his work. These aims are served in particular by the Caspar David Friedrich Centre, which our Society opened on the site of the house in which the painter was born.

We also seek to preserve the artist’s memory through the Caspar David Friedrich Prize, by guided tours and excursions to places associated with the painter and, last but not least, by lectures and public readings.
Our Society extends a warm welcome to all who feel drawn to the great Romantic painter and to his art and who wish to express their commitment to it.


Best regards,

Hannelore Kohl