Right around the corner from the Mathematikum is a small but fine museum devoted to the life and work of Justus Liebig (1803-1873), the 19th century chemist for whom the university in Gießen is now named.
The eleven rooms of the museum are Liebig’s laboratory from his years as a professor at Gießen University, and a lot of his original equipment is on display. He worked and taught in this laboratory for twenty-eight years, until 1852, when he moved to the University of Munich, a much bigger and better-endowed university which built him a new and (for the time) highly modern laboratory to his specifications.
Liebig is best known today as one of the founders of organic chemistry, and for his contributions to the development of nitrogen-based fertilizers.
His laboratory in Gießen has been preserved much as he left it — at first because there was no funding available to modernize it, and later because individual scientists recognized its importance for the history of chemistry. It was finally turned into a museum in 1920.
In 2020 numerous events were planned to commemorate the museum’s hundredth anniversary, but these events all had to be cancelled, or at least postponed, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Liebig Museum is at Liebigstraße 12 in Gießen.
My photos in this post are from 2004. I revised the text in 2021.