At the beginning of the 20th century, Privy Councillor Siegmund Seligmann and his wife Johanna had a prestigious villa and a spacious garden built for them in Hohenzollernstrasse in Hanover. They choose Hermann Schaedtler from Hanover as the architect. Today, the Villa is one of the few Hanoverian testimonies of Jewish culture before the Shoah. It is a place for the performance, mediation, research and documentation of Jewish music. Evens include concerts, exhibitions, lecture series and celebrations.
At the end of 2006, the Siegmund Seligmann Foundation acquired the building and opened it to the public on January 17, 2012. 10 years later, the foundation has developed into a formative institution of the cultural landscape in Hanover and is known far beyond the borders of the capital of Lower Saxony. Villa Seligmann has thus become a beacon of Jewish music and culture. It provides an international forum for people to meet regardless of their origin, religion or cultural background.