German Wire Museum

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German Wire Museum
Museum entrance

The German Wire Museum in Altena , the only one of its kind in the world, was founded in 1965 by the Altena district on the initiative of the industrialist Paul Rump (* 1907; † 1986). It was initially located on 110 m² of exhibition space in the commandant's house of Altena Castle . Relocated to the building of the former Altenaer Lyceum in 1994 , it was redesigned in 1999 with the help of many sponsors to a modern museum that does justice to the ideas of museum work in the 21st century and reopened on April 26, 1999 after five months of closure.

In the permanent exhibition “From chain mail to superconductors” in Fritz-Thomée-Straße 12 , visitors are presented with a multitude of information about the wire product and its importance in industry and everyday life on an exhibition area of ​​now 630 m² . The main topics are, for example, the various wire production techniques over the course of history and the many possible uses in technology, the jewelry industry and art design . In addition, changing exhibitions on the subject of wire take place in a 120 m² special exhibition room of the museum at irregular intervals.

The Märkische Kreis is responsible for the adventure museum as the legal successor to the Altena district. The entrance ticket to the wire museum is also valid for the nearby Altena Castle and the museums located there.


Martina Düttmann, Stephan Sensen: German Wire Museum. From chain mail to superconductor. P. 9–40 In: Wire. From chain mail to superconductor . Hans-Herbert Mönnig Verlag, Iserlohn 2001, ISBN 3-933519-15-2 .

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Coordinates: 51 ° 17 ′ 39 "  N , 7 ° 40 ′ 27"  E