Welcome to Biedermeier Berlin! The reconstructed living spaces of the Knoblauch family give us an insight into what life might have been like in their day. On the first floor you will get to know the members of the Knoblauch family, and to find out about what they did for the city. On the second floor, day-to-day objects, images and documents provide information about social life, economy, politics and architecture in this period.
A family committed to Berlin
Henriette Knoblauch’s living room contains typical Biedermeier furniture: a bureau, a sewing table, a sofa, and a round table. The library is dedicated to her husband, Carl Knoblauch. He managed the paternal silk business and got involved in local, social and cultural causes.
In the entrance room, you will meet Carl’s brother, an architect who was taught by Schinkel. Eduard was one of the most important architects in the 19th century. His best-known work is the Neue Synagoge on Oranienburger Straße.
The corner room at the back of the house presents Hermann Knoblauch. His academic career as an experimental physicist led him to universities in Berlin, Bonn, Marburg and Halle. Just like his father, Carl Knoblauch, he was also involved in politics.
Silk trade, brewery and self-governance
On the second floor, the perspective of the exhibition widens from the smaller to the bigger issues. In these rooms you will discover valuable information about the Knoblauch family’s silk business and the Bohemian brewery. Personal testimonies enable you to take part in the family’s life and in private parties. Numerous documents illustrate how 19th century building construction proceeded in Berlin and how its system of civic self-government looked.