The long table has been set for a banquet, and you can almost believe that the Senator and his guests will come through the door at any moment. This neoclassical country house built by Hamburg Senator Martin Johan Jenisch 1831 – 34, stands in its own extensive park next to the Elbe and, with much of its original interior intact, it gives us a vivid impression of the grand lives led by well-to-do Hanseatic merchants in the middle of the 19th century.
The upper floors are now used for special exhibitions, mostly covering art or architecture from the early 19th century or about the relationship between landscape design and architecture. Every year in September, the special exhibitions in this branch of the Altonaer Museum are accompanied by a summer festival offering an attractive programme of events for children and families. It also hosts a series of chamber music concerts held in the White Hall of the Jenisch House, continuing the tradition of the music salon started during the lifetime of Senator Jenisch.