The Schiller National Museum (SNM), opened in 1903, is the nucleus of the German Literature Archive – a prominently visible, seemingly late-Baroque »Pantheon of German literature«.
Friedrich Schiller is the author who is primarily represented in the permanent exhibition. Five rooms are dedicated to him and his various »archival bodies«: Image – Horizon – Life – Work – Coverings.
Four other rooms place Schiller’s works in the time of their development and early reception, and show how the systems of semiotics and ideas of literature from the 18th century till the 19th century change: Writing and Energy – Origin – Love and Madness – Small Forms.
The »secret« hero of the Schiller National Museum is Eduard Mörike, whose objects are also the subject of a small exhibition in the passage connecting the two museums.
The Schiller National Museum was honored at the 2011 European Museum Award for its »poetic and aesthetic quality«, and its »courageous approach to engage large and broad audiences by consciously choosing to be an objectorientated museum«.