Richard Wagner played an important role in planning his own first house, Wahnfried, which was financed by his royal patron Ludwig II of Bavaria. He lived in the house with his family from 1874 until his death in 1883, after which it remained the family residence until 1966. Heavily destroyed during the war in 1945, the house was rebuilt in its original condition from 1974 to 1976. Since its opening in 1976, the Richard Wagner Museum with National Archive and Research Centre in Haus Wahnfried has been a place for research and communication of Richard Wagner's life and work and the performance history of the Bayreuth Festival in accordance with the statutes of the Richard Wagner Foundation which runs it.
The Siegfried Wagner Haus was built in 1894 by Wagner's son Siegfried and occupied by his wife Winifred until her death in 1980. It has been preserved on the ground floor in its original 1930s appearance. The history of Wagner's ideology is presented here, the close connection between Bayreuth and the Nazi dictatorship is examined, and the Wagner family's personal relations with the National Socialists and Adolf Hitler are documented.