Daniel Nicolaus Runge, who worked as a “Visitierer” - i.e. customs officer on behalf of the Swedish crown - had a two-storey, five-aisle late Baroque building built outside the city walls of Wolgast in the Kronwiekstraße near the harbour in 1763. His son Philipp Otto was born there on 23 July 1777. Ten years later, Runge's father had become a successful merchant and shipowner. As a citizen of the first estate, he moved with his family into a new building in Burgstraße. Philipp Otto Runge's birthplace, however, has been preserved in its façade and room layout with its windows and doors to this day. Thus, not only the Baroque doors, the staircase and a wall shelf have been preserved, but also the so-called Öllandplatten in the hallway and, in part, even the matching skirting boards. On the occasion of the artist's 240th birthday in 2017, the house, which has been renovated in accordance with the preservation order and has been used as a museum since 1997, reopened its doors with a new exhibition concept. The museum is owned by the municipality, responsible body is the non-profit regional society Usedom-Peene mbH.
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