History museum of the city of Lüdenscheid

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New building
Former museum building
A small train is part of the exhibition

The history museum of the city of Lüdenscheid is a local history museum south of the city ​​center of Lüdenscheid , not far from the Wilhelmstrasse shopping area and the town hall . It was opened at its current location in 1988, after having previously been based in Villa Liebigstrasse 11 for decades. For the new accommodation, the old office building was converted and connected to a neighboring villa by a transparent new building. The focus of the museum is the city and regional history .

Permanent exhibitions

The permanent exhibition includes objects from the history of industry and technology , including a historic small train from the Altenaer Eisenbahn AG district , a steam generator , models of the zeppelin and historical fire-fighting equipment. The unique collection of buttons from the Bronze Age to the present is reminiscent of the tradition of Lüdenscheid as the “button town” in the 19th century. The exhibition also includes an important collection of historical maps , mainly from the County of Mark, and some city models. In the old office building, formerly the seat of the Lüdenscheid office with the municipality of Lüdenscheid-Land , you can visit the historic meeting room with Art Nouveau furnishings. German art after 1945 is exhibited in the gallery.

Special exhibitions

The previous special exhibitions include:

  • " Prussia and Us - Economy, Bourgeoisie and Everyday Life in Southern Westphalia 1800–1918" (1998–1999)
  • "The dream of flying - Carl Berg and the airship idea from Lüdenscheid to Lakehurst " (2000–2001)
  • "Hidden Treasures - Nine Myths in the Sauerland " (2002–2003)
  • "Red or Dead - The Great Fire Brigade Exhibition" (2004)
  • "Triumph of the luxury class - Selve , Maybach and the traditions of engine building in the south" (2004 - March 27, 2005)
  • "Loveletters from Lennestrand - Love in the Sauerland" (2005)
  • "SchützenWelten - Moving Traditions in the Sauerland" (October 14, 2006 - May 20, 2007)
  • "SportGeist - The Cultural History of Gymnastics and Sport in Westphalia" (September 16, 2007 - March 16, 2008)
  • "Prussia - Departure to the West. History and Memory - The Grafschaft Mark between 1609 and 2009" (2009)
  • "HARIBO - With the gold bear to a cult brand" (September 19, 2010 - May 1, 2011)
  • "We here! - Immigration in Lüdenscheid and in the Märkischer Kreis "(June 3, 2012 - May 26, 2013)
  • "Against Napoleon!" (December 1, 2013 - May 4, 2014)
  • "Leuven, August 1914 - The innocence lost ..." (September 20, 2014 - January 18, 2015)

The museums in the city are supported by the Lüdenscheid History and Local History Association.

Visitor numbers

In 2012 a total of 27,916 visitors were counted in the municipal museums on the Sauerfeld. The exhibition “Ida Gerhardi: German Women Artists in Paris around 1900” also met with great national interest. Further highlights in 2012 were the family month exhibition “Quite private - Family” and the work of the weaver Lieselotte Ellenbeck-Hembeck.


At the beginning of 2013 there were extensive discussions about whether the ivy should remain on the building of the history museum or should be removed. According to politics, there is a risk that the ivy on the building facade could destroy the joints and window frames and that the ivy could also serve as a climbing aid for various animals. On the other hand, there were objections that the ivy could also have a positive effect on the indoor climate of the museum. For the removal of the ivy from the facade of the museum alone, the city administration estimates around 40,000 euros. A building biologist should be consulted as a neutral specialist for the current assessment of the location of the building.

Lt. In an article from the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten of March 2, 2013, a characteristic chestnut in the museum garden had to be felled due to massive storm damage. The chestnut is already badly damaged and, according to the article, should endanger the nearby museum building with its thick branches and roots.

From a report in the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten on April 17, 2013, it became known that the fire alarm system in the museum is to be replaced for 6,000 euros. The removal of ivy from the facade of the former office building, which cost 40,000 euros, was put on hold for the time being.

Individual evidence

  1. Article from the Westfälische Rundschau from January 11, 2013: "Exhibitions - prototype for exhibition concept"
  2. Article from the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten of January 15, 2013: "Ivy attacks windows at the museum"
  3. Article from the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten of January 21, 2013: "Ivy at the museum should go: Debate about high costs"
  4. Article from the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten of March 2, 2013: "Hallimarsch lets Rosengarten-Ahorn die"
  5. Article from the Lüdenscheider News from April 17, 2013: "Construction measures: fat chunks for fire brigade"

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Coordinates: 51 ° 12 ′ 49.5 "  N , 7 ° 37 ′ 53.8"  E