Who we are and what makes us special

What we are proud of

  • We, the staff of the Fritz Reuter Literature Museum, are the guardians of valuable artefacts from over two hundred and fifty years of Mecklenburg history and art.
  • Our collection focuses on Fritz Reuter and other Low German writers, the works of Ernst Lübbert and the history of Reuter’s home town of Stavenhagen.
  • We have been a memorial to the Low German poet, Fritz Reuter, for more than 100 years now
  • We have been a recognised research centre for both his life and work and that of other Low German authors since 1960.
    We are the cultural beacon in the region.

What is important to us

  • By developing and implementing a modern museum management system, we work in a professional and structured manner.
  • We strive to achieve the highest level of quality through service-orientation, creativity and both an academic and commercial way of thinking.
  • We see ourselves as a service provider, consultant and partner for our guests and visitors.
  • Our employees are our most important asset and they act as important ambassadors for the region.

What makes us special

  • With our archives, collections and academic library, we are a cornerstone of the cultural identity of the Reuter’s home town of Stavenhagen and the history of Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania.
  • Our collection is unique in Germany.
  • In the house where he was born, we present the creative work of the internationally renowned Low German poet via a wide range of media.
  • Only in Stavenhagen is a representative selection of Ernst Lübbert’s work accessible for viewers.

Our tasks

  • Our work is centred on the collecting, preserving, researching and presenting evidence of Fritz Reuter’s life and work.
  • We view the author, Fritz Reuter, and his work in the context of the great realist storytellers of the 19th century in Europe and overseas.
  • We are the driving force behind Low German language preservation.

How we work

  • We act locally as a public space for all citizens and are closely linked to the development of the Reuterstadt Stavenhagen.
  • With contemporary cultural presentations and events, we offer an attractive cultural and academic centre for the region.
  • Our research is an important building block in the historical study of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the entire Low German region and also has an international impact.
  • Based on effective youth development work, we are an attractive location for those interested in culture, science and history.
  • We see ourselves as a strong partner for the cultural and economic development of the Stavenhagen region and the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
  • We face the particular challenge of communicating Low German as a minority language worthy of protection in a way that is appropriate for the target group.
  • We have an identity-forming, open and tolerant effect.
    We provide all visitors with competent and comprehensive information via the tourist information centre.

Who we reach

  • Cultural participation is important to us. Our approach is inclusive. We are open to everyone.
  • As a research centre, we offer scholars an attractive space in which to undertake their work.
  • We work together with universities and other research institutions.
  • The Fritz Reuter Literature Museum also fulfils its educational mission as a place of remembrance, learning and aesthetic experiences. With this in mind, close collaboration with kindergartens, schools and educational institutions is of great importance to us.

Who we work with

  • We work in networks and with partners.
    By participating in both organisations based in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and nationally, we ensure the quality standards of our work.
  • We are open to collaboration with cultural and educational institutions and partners from the fields of culture, research, tourism and business and are partners of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Where we want to go

  • We research, educate and develop content to make Fritz Reuter’s works and the Low German language more accessible.
  • We learn and develop, are modern and open to the world.
    We see demographic change as a challenge.
  • We want to expand integrative offers in the sense of a dialogue between the generations.
  • We are developing Stavenhagen into the cultural metropolis of Low German.
  • A holistic digitisation strategy is not only making our collections and depots digitally accessible, but is also communicating our offerings to the public via a variety of media channels.
  • We have an impact on society. We take responsibility for our history and actively participate in social discourse.