The museum hopes to become a cultural legacy in the Silesian region by dedicating itself to the collection, conserving and indexing literature by and about Gerhart Hauptmann, and the literature and history of Silesia, as well as make it accessible for scientific research. A comprehensive library has been comprised with this all this in mind (this includes 13.000 books and documents). International workshops, scientific conferences and symposia are organised, in addition to lectures, concerts, and other cultural events with the participation of famous artists.