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It is possible to visit Thomas Mann's final study at its current temporary location.


Thomas Mann's working environment was extremely important to him. This included his library and desk. The latter especially reflects the author's various stages of exile, which ultimately brought him to Switzerland. Mann probably bought the neo-baroque mahogany desk at the end of the 1920s; a different desk is visible in photos prior to 1930. As this desk was a key "work utensil" throughout all the stages of his exile, it became a symbol of Mann's work during these adverse times. Just as Thomas Mann refused to be deterred by the events that forced him into exile, the desk stood defiantly in his study.   

Thomas Mann's personal library is also located in the study, which, like his desk, experienced some eventful times in exile. Much was confiscated; other items were left behind in the course of the various moves. The personal library contains valuable author's copies and, thanks to the selection, notes and marks that Thomas Mann made, is of great academic importance for the creation of his works.

Moreover, the rest of the furniture and pictures, including his beloved painting "Die Quelle" by Ludwig von Hofmann, and the wealth of objects on the desk and shelves round off the world of Thomas Mann's study.


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Although the Thomas Mann Archives do not currently have any temporary exhibitions on display, they provide exhibits for exhibitions at other institutions. 

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