Engels House

The life, work and family of Friedrich Engels

The Engels House breathes the spirit of a great historical figure: Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). The Engels House, built in 1775, was his grandfather's home and represents the family's economic success as textile entrepreneurs during early industrialisation.

The permanent exhibition shows the life and work of Wuppertal's most famous son and provides a fascinating insight into the bourgeois everyday culture of the Engels family of pietistic entrepreneurs.

The permanent exhibition on the life and work of Friedrich Engels presents the factory owner's son from Barmen as a true all-rounder: Philosopher, social critic, historian, journalist, communist revolutionary, military expert, cosmopolitan, along the way a linguistic genius, athletic, communicative and hard-drinking, but always a gentleman and basically a workaholic, for Karl Marx "a true universal encyclopaedia".

The miserable situation of the workers in England particularly touched Engels. He took it as an opportunity to also deal theoretically with the textile industry, which operated with high capital input and the most modern technology and was initially the leading sector of industrialisation.

His "Outlines of a Critique of National Economy" (1844) had a lasting influence on Karl Marx, who had studied philosophy and law. It was through Engels that Marx found his way to economics. No Engels, no Marx! Karl Marx, the theoretician of scientific socialism, and Friedrich Engels, the practitioner of economics: both are among the important personalities of the 19th century who have had a lasting influence on the contemporary history of the 20th century.

In the Engels House, however, you can also immerse yourself in the bourgeois living culture of a factory owner's family around 1830. Music and wallpaper rooms give an authentic impression of how the Engels family lived. Particularly noteworthy here are the Engels family's music room with its elaborate stucco work and the representative wallpaper room, whose colourful depictions of river and coastal landscapes still impress visitors today. 


Visitor Information

  • Address
    Engelsstraße 10, 42283 Wuppertal
  • Opening hours
    Tuesday - Sunday, public holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Monday: closed
    The Engels-Haus is closed on the following days: 01.01., 24.-26.12., 31.12.
  • Admission
    Full-payer: 4 €
    Reduced: 2 € Entitled to a reduction: Minors aged 6-14, schoolchildren, trainees and students up to 27 years of age, persons receiving benefits according to SGB II or SGB XII or who are in possession of the Wuppertal Pass, persons doing basic military or civilian service, persons liable to pay the infrastructure development levy. Please present appropriate proof of eligibility.
    Free admission: children from 0-5 years of age; accompanying persons of severely disabled persons, whose identity card states the necessity of permanent accompaniment (sign "B" or "H"); registered school classes in class groups (currently not possible due to corona); members of the sponsoring associations Historisches Zentrum, Bandwebermuseum and Manuelskotten; journalists; members of national and international museum associations (ICOM, DMB, etc.). Please provide appropriate proof.
  • Ticket sales
    The purchase of tickets in advance with the booking of a time slot is recommended. This also applies to visitors who have free admission.
    Online booking via Wuppertal Live: https://ticketbuchung.online/engelshaus
    Wuppertal Live advance booking offices: https://www.wuppertal-live.de/vorverkaufsstellen
    During opening hours, our box office in the Engelspavillon is also open (only EC card payment possible). 
    Please note that there may be waiting times for visitors who purchase tickets at the box office, as the number of visitors to the Engels House is still regulated.
  • Hygiene protection rules
    The wearing of medical face masks is compulsory. A certified negative rapid test or vaccination certificate are not required for the visit! 
  • Guided tours
    We will be offering guided tours of the Engels House from 21.09.2021. The group size is limited to a maximum of 12 people. Only those who have been tested, vaccinated and recovered can take part. Appropriate proof must be presented at the Engels Pavilion before the tour. Please allow 10-15 minutes for registration at the Angel Pavilion so that your tour can start on time.

    Duration: 1 hour
    Cost: 60 € + admission
    Booking via Anchor Point: Tel.: +49 (0)202 563 4375, e-mail: ankerpunkt@stadt.wuppertal.de
  • Photography in the Engels House
    Photography in the exhibition is permitted for private purposes only. For any other use of photographs, permission must be obtained in advance from the municipal management. For conservation reasons, the use of flash is not permitted.
  • Accessibility 
    The Engels House is currently not barrier-free. Both access to the Engels House and moving between floors requires the use of stairs. 
  • Please note 
    Until the opening of the Visitor Centre, which is currently under construction, the Engels House can only be operated with restrictions. The Engels House is not barrier-free accessible. As we can only guarantee a limited cloakroom service, we would ask you not to bring large bags, rucksacks etc. into the exhibition. Sanitary facilities are located in the neighbouring Engels Pavilion. We are currently unable to offer catering services. We hope for your understanding for these restrictions.
  • Video surveillance 
    Video surveillance is installed in the premises of the Engels House.


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