Welcome to the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Museum!


The museum in the former home of the founder of the German gymnastics movement, the "gymnastics father" Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, is part of the Freyburg Jahn Memorials.


After Jahn's death, the German Gymnastics Association (DT) created this historic ensemble, unique in the world, in the heart of the town of Freyburg, where gymnastics and gymnastics history are still at home today.

Attention changed opening hours!

Special opening hours will apply from April 01, 2024 until further notice. During this time, the museum will be open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00.

The museum is closed from 23.12.2024 to 07.01.2025. Guided tours will only take place by appointment during this time.



Schloßstraße 11 06632 Freyburg (Unstrut)

Opening hours

April to October: Wed-Sa 10.00 - 16.00 h
November to March: Tue-Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Museum Management & Executive Board

Stephanie Kaps
+49 34464 27426


Dr. Josef Ulfkotte


The Jahn memorials are an ensemble consisting of authentic places of residence and activity and buildings that are an expression of the multifaceted Jahn reception.

Apart from the residential house, which Jahn built in 1838-1840 at the foot of the Neuenburg, the memorial gymnasium built in 1894, the hall of honour built in 1903 and the courtyard of honour created in 1936 belong to it.


Friedrich Ludwig Jahn

Johann Friedrich Ludwig Christoph Jahn, known as Turnvater Jahn (* August 11.1778 on Lanz (Prignitz); † October 151852 on Freyburg (Unstrut)), was a GermanEducator, publicist and politician.

He initiated and established gymnastics under Napoleonic occupation. The ideas of the "German art of gymnastics" realized by him and his comrades-in-arms in the Berlin Hasenheide, can still be found in today's gymnastics business, as well as fundamental terms and designations introduced (created) by Jahn, which have found their way into the scientific gymnastics terminology of today. Thus Jahn has created the bases not only for the gymnastics enterprise, but to a large extent also for the today's sport enterprise. In addition, the form of organization on the Hasenheide, with its central features "voluntariness" and "self-organization" laid the foundation for today's (German) club system.

Since gymnastics was established as military training under Napoleonic occupation, Jahn's historical significance extends beyond the founding of gymnastics. He served as a volunteer recruiter and commander of the 2nd Battalion of the Lützow Free Corps, was a co-founder of the German Confederation and a member of the Paulskirche Parliament. Thus Friedrich Ludwig Jahn established the gymnastics movement not only in general but also as a national movement, i.e. as an explicitly political phenomenon, between the years 1811 and 1815.


On August 11, 1778 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn was born in Lanz (Priegnitz) as the son of the village pastor. [...]


The permanent exhibition on the ground floor of the residence provides a comprehensive insight into the life and work of the "gymnastics father" Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, [...]

Jahn Society

The Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Society is a non-profit association based in Freyburg an der Unstrut. It dedicates its activities to the goal of researching the life and work of the founder of the gymnastics movement in Germany and his environment, as well as the reception and history of gymnastics associated with him, and to bring these findings to the attention of a broad public. To this end, it operates the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Museum in Freyburg an der Unstrut and maintains relations with the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB), the regional gymnastics associations, but also with universities, schools, museums and organisations that feel committed to this cause.