Founded in Germany as a successor to the Deutsche Akademie (German Academy), the Goethe-Institut (GI) has for six decades championed the appreciation of German language and culture across the globe. GI is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famed German poet and polymath known best as the author of the Faust legend. It has branches in major cities throughout Europe, as well as Asia and North America (eleven).
Goethe-Institut programs a large variety of cultural events that promote German culture and encourage intercultural exchange. The language department offers workshops and seminars to teachers of German, and works in tandem with American institutions focused on promoting German as a foreign language. Its library (the center of GI’s information services in the U.S.) contains a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, audio and video demonstrating a pluralistic perspective of German culture throughout history.
Events produced by the Goethe-Institut are wide-ranging, including exhibits of contemporary German art; lectures and symposia on German art, music & film; music festivals and more.
Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center Information
- Other Locations: Wyoming Building, 5 East 3rd Street; Ludlow 38, 38 Ludlow Street; 1014 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
- Public Transportation: Varies by location (generally very good)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Varies by location
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 30 events offered annually, including ongoing presentations and exhibitions (some lasting for months), regular book club meetings, lectures and seminars, and more
- Hours: General office hours (72 Spring): Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. Library hours (72 Spring): Tuesday–Thursday 1 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Friday noon–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Wyoming Building hours: Tuesday–Saturday 1 p.m.–6 p.m. 1014 5th Ave: Mon, Wed, Fri 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tue, Thur 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat noon–5 p.m.
- Admission: Varies (free-$25) by event.