We are currently scheduling museum/gallery visits by appointment.

Please email rosa@dankhaus.com to request a visit in these dates: Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm. Please request a visit a week in advance to have the best chance of availability. There is a $5 suggested donation, given at our 4th floor cash boxes or on our donation page.


The Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits year-round. The gallery welcomes submissions that attend to the German American or immigrant experience, cross-cultural projects, or other works/exhibitions that engage with cultural diversity. Artists interested in submitting a proposal for a gallery exhibition should carefully review the Exhibition Proposal Guidelines.  All exhibitions must adhere to the Scharpenberg Gallery Guidelines and Policies.


1 Cancer Patient – On-Site Opening on April 30, 2021

German-American artists Traci Asher and Warren Perlstein headline this art exhibition which eases fears of the unknown often felt by women diagnosed with cancer.  Five artists will use their unique skills to prove the theory that this disease can be fought with humor, beauty, and strength.  Artists: Jane Michalski, Kaitlyn Keely, Nancy Pirri, Sara Peak Convery, and Warren Perlstein with Traci Asher.

Registration is required due to COVID restrictions. There will be a virtual component. See event page for details. 


Lost German Chicago

The exhibition features art, artifacts, and memorabilia from within Chicago’s German-American community. The items record what has been lost in the Chicago German community while archiving and preserving that which has been entrusted to the DANK Haus.

Highlights include items from the following German Chicago landmarks:

  • The Germania Club by the Oscar Mayer family
  • Relics from the Deutsches Haus at the Columbian Exposition
  • Hessen Verein standards
  • Items from restaurants including the original Red Star Inn, Schulien’s Math Igler’s Casino, the Golden Ox, among others
  • Delicatessen Meyer
  • FC Hansa (german soccer club)
  • The Schiller Liedertafel
  • Schoenhofen Brewery
  • Lincoln Park Turner Hall

Brewers, Bakers, and Bratwurst 

A new permanent exhibition celebrating the German culinary tradition of Chicago's North Side. Highlights include memorabilia, photographs, and artifacts from Harry & Guenter Kempf famous Lincoln Square Restaurant, the Chicago Brauhaus. Dive into the history behind Sauerkraut Boulevard in this interactive exhibit. Brewers, Bakers, and Bratwurst located on the second floor near the main offices. 


"The Rocket's Red Glare: Wernher von Braun through the lens of Barbara Diener"

German-American artist Barbara Diener's work explore the controversial life of Wernher von Braun, a German aerospace enginerr who worked for the U.S. government under the program Operation Paperclip, which recruited scientists who had worked for the Nazi regime. Diener parses through von Braun's later life in Huntsville, Alabama, where he developed a rocker that traveled to the moon. Rather than simply retelling this complex story, "The Rocket's Red Glare" poses questions and examines how controversial histories are passed on through the generations. 

This exhibition ran September – October 2020.

"Urban Life / Social Fabric"

The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) curated this juried show around the themes of urban identity and the urban landscape. Originally scheduled for spring of 2020, this exhibition was postponed several months due to COVID-19.

The limited-attendance in-person opening reception was one of the very first in-person events held at the DANK Haus during the ongoing quarantine.

This exhibition ran July 24–August 21, 2020.

"Living Memory: German Americans In Their Own Words" 

In 2019, the DANK Haus recorded over 25 interviews with German Americans in our community. "Living Memory: German Americans In Their Own Words" debuts these stories through audio clips and powerful quotes. Our main project funder was the German American Heritage Institute.

Alongside the oral histories was a debut of the Eintracht Newspaper, a newly acquired collection which we preserved through a preservation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This exhibition ran February 28–June 30, 2020.

"Once Upon A Stein: Bier Steins and the Stories They Tell"

You think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with their ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell."

The Opening Reception was Friday, September 20 in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more.

This exhibition ran September 20–December 20, 2019.

Historic Mural Collection

Black Forest Peace Symphony

Chicago Architektur

Glory of Germania

70 Years of Pow Wow

Culture Bridge


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