History of the Building

Originally built for the Donaueschingen Museum Society, the building in the grounds of the sprawling park can look back on an eventful history. From the 1930s to 2006 it served as a cinema. In Juli 2008 it was repurposed as a museum, expanded and refurbished.



Brief Chronology:



Inauguration of the two-story building, which was built in a classical style, with financial support from Prince Karl Egon II, for the some 120 members of the museum society. The building houses a library, a reading room, various business rooms as well as the magnificent Salon of Reflection.


The building is destroyed by fire. Prince Karl Egon II buys the burnt out ruin and rebuilds the museum to rent it out to the museum society. An ornate panelled ceiling is added to the Salon of Reflection as part of the rebuilding.


Following the rebuilding, the building is used for balls and concerts.


A large commemoration ceremony is held for the poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller to mark his 100th birthday.


With the death of Prince Karl Egon II, the museum society loses its most important patron.


Prince Max Egon II, as previous owner of the Bohemian line of the House of Fürstenberg takes over the so-called Swabian line and chooses Donaueschingen as his place of residence. He has the museum renovated.


During the First World War, the building is used as accommodation for reservists and later it houses an infantry battalion. After the war, the museum society relinquishes use of the building.


The town council rents the building as a spa hotel for the town but the political situation and the Second World War puts an end to these efforts.


A cinema called the "Museum Light Show" (Museumslichtspiele) is incorporated in the building.


A second cinema, the "Park Light Show" is added in the "Yellow Salon" (Gelber Saal).


The exterior of the building is renovated.


The cinema closes down.


The conversion and extension of the building is started.


In September 2009, the Museum Biedermann opens its doors for the first time with the exhibition, "Selection – Insights into the Biedermann Collection". International, contemporary artworks are presented.


After six exciting years, we are expanding the museum’s conceptual foundations and renaming it Museum Art.Plus.

You will find further information about the museum renovation phase here.

Museum Art.Plus   :   Museumsweg 1   :   78166 Donaueschingen   :   Phone: +49 771-89 66 89-0