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Permanent Exhibition

Kreismuseum Wewelsburg

Burgwall 19
D-33142 Büren-Wewelsburg
Tel.: 0049-(0) 2955/ 7622-0
Fax: 0049-(0) 2955/ 7622-22
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Permanent Exhibition

Discover the history of Wewelsburg Castle and Paderborn Land

The Historical Museum is located in the three-wing castle complex - built in the Weser Renaissance style - which the Prince Bishop Dietrich von Fürstenberg had reconstructed around a medieval residential tower between 1603 and 1609. Come and join us on a journey through the history of the Paderborn Land: from the earliest settlements to secularisation in 1802. 

Suits of armour and coats of chain mail recall life in the medieval Land castle. Children celebrating their birthday here are invited to try on one of these heavy coats of chain mail. The interrogation room in the ice-cold dungeon and the judge´s loge bear sad witness to the persecution of the witches in the Paderborn Land.

A unique showpiece at the Historical Museum is the original surface of the medieval trade route, the Hellweg. If you listen carefully, you´ll hear the sound of the wheels rumbling along the old salt street. The splendid furniture from Schwarzenraben Castle illustrates the luxury in which the nobility lived.

You can also marvel at the rare mortars, the exotic Moor figures, and the first editions by Sertürner about his discovery – opium – in the old Jesuit apothecary from the old town of Büren. Gleaming cups and glasses on a banquet table testify to the skill of the glass manufactures in the Prince Bishopric of Paderborn around 1750.

The jacket once belonging to Plöger, the cowherd, is a rarity of a very different kind. It has survived as a piece of evidence presented at a murder trial around the same time. In the old forge – from the village of Bleiwäsche – visitors, under the guidance of a smith, can try their hand at the hammer and bellows.

The Historical Museum has the following departments:

  • The Castle - Expectations and Reality (Room 2)
  • The Dungeon – Where witches were persecuted (Rooms 3 and 4)
  • People´s Experience of Time in Paderborn Land before Industrialisation (Room 5 and 7)
  • The History of Wewelsburg Castle (Room 8 and 9)
  • The History of Paderborn Land – from the Earliest Times to the End of the Prince Bishopric 1802/ 1815 (Room 10)
  • The World of the Clergy – the First Estate (Room 11)
  • The Nobility in the Prince Bishopric of Paderborn (Room 12)
  • Towns in the Prince Bishopric (Rooms 13, 14, 15)
  • Agriculture and the Rural Population (Rooms 16-19, 22)
  • Poverty and Mobility (Rooms 23 and 24)
  • The Common Weal and Public Safety in the 18th century (Rooms 26-29)
  • The Natural History Department (Rooms 20, 21, 25)

Wewelsburg Museum presents the chequered history of Paderborn by showing a variety of interesting exhibits.

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